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This is a little grittier than a Maisie Dobbs or Joe Sandilands mystery, but still retains more of the cozy formula than "thriller" in its WWII frame for a police procedural. Also, it's better written and plotted than most similar series (Bess Crawford, Billy Boyle, Anne Perry's WW1 series, etc.) and has wonderful, plentiful period detail that is well woven into the storyline - better than any of the other series I'm comparing.
If the publisher's detail about DI Tyler working closely with the interned German psychoanalyst interests you, know that it's only a minor element of the story, unfortunately.
The narrator seemed wonderful to me, but he does bestow regional British onto the characters, so listeners who prefer homogenized British accents might not like his performance.
I so hope this is a series and not a stand-alone from Jennings!
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I enjoy these "period pieces" when the atmosphere seems authentic and the characters are well-constructed. In this case, the book ticks most of the boxes and the "who did it" is enough of a surprise to know that the red herrings worked.
However, it did seem a bit rushed in tying up all the threads at the end. Maybe fewer threads might have led to a more satisfying last chapter.
But, I liked this book enough to download the next in the series.
I liked the story not being to complex but I found that I was not able to clearly identify the characters through the narration, so I was often confused at to who said what.