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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, populated with vile villains, winsome detectives, and innocent by-standers with interesting backstories. The narration was excellent. I withhold the final star because the police procedure seems to be somewhat unrealistic in several instances, including overlooking clear connection between events, failure to utilize armed response officers, and a senior police officer's distraction by clothes shopping amidst a major, horrific murder investigation. The protagonist's consultations with clairvoyants is also off-putting. I have a hard time believing that such an officer could attain the rank of detective superintendent.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
had to return. probably an interesting mystery but I couldn't take the constant F bombs. I purchased because I like this narrator but I wasn't familiar with the author.... lesson learned.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Having just read the first Roy Grace book and thoroughly enjoyed it I dived straight into the second with some gusto and I think that this series will become a favourite of mine. One of the reasons that I say this is that while it has many of the hallmarks of the first book such as the characters and well described Sussex locations it has a different feel and does not simply follow the formula of the first.
This book differed in that it was less of a whodunnit as in the first book, rather more of a howdunnit and it began as a relatively slow burner with more time spent on enriching the characters. Speaking of which the excellent introduction of a thoroughly unpleasant non-PC old dinosaur of a police officer added an additional dimension to the chemistry that I personally liked. The way that the crime was eventually solved was also a small surprise in that the author didn't follow a predictable pattern that must have been tempting to him.
I found the narration of the book very similar to the first book (though see note below, it's not a universal opinion) and liked the narrator for the very same reasons. A bright, lively delivery that helped move the book along at a decent pace.
The only criticisms I would make is that when sounding peeved the narrator tended to fall out of character but this is a very minor thing. Also, I would have liked the bad guys perhaps to have a little more depth to their characters as this, on reflection, was a highlight of the first book.
The book ends with an interview with the author which I think gave an interesting insight into his thinking behind the books. Worth hanging on to listen to.
All thing considered this is shaping up to be a very enjoyable series!
Note: At the time of writing another reviewer seems to have had an entirely different experience from having listened to this audiobook. In particular the narration which she found incredibly monotonous. I would never say that my opinion counts more than that of another but having read that review I even re-listened to some parts of the book and I remain puzzled and have to simply disagree. I will check back with interest to discover what others feel about it.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
The narrator sounds like he's reading a kids story most of the time, he has very small repertoire of voices and at times even mixes them up! The storey is very slow and the author spends more time giving a geography lesson on Brighton and Hove and describing in detail everyones office! I am very disappointed. in this book. I have had several Peter James books and given good reviews, but maybe the poor narration highlighted the laborious writing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful