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When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though things are never as they seem…
©2011 Ann Cleeves (P)2011 Soundings
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By Colin on 11-11-17

Gripping story

Another gripping story from Ann Cleeves.
From the very first chapter the reader engages with the characters, absorbs the setting & becomes involved in the plot.
There are always red herrings & the reader/listener follows the twists & turns of the story until the final denouement , succinctly delivered by the detective. It is as though she is answering all YOUR questions as the crime is described. A really good read.

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By Eveline Howells on 01-08-17

Silent voices

This was another great read in the Vera Stanhope series. Charlie Hardwick who reads the book has a wonderful voice, she keeps the story gping along so smoothly , love all her readings. Loved this book thanks Anne Cleaves you never disappoint.

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By Emma on 07-08-11

Brilliant Narration!

I loved the fact that this book was read by a Geordie. It was perfect!
The story wasn't filled with car chases and gun shots or superfit tanned and toned hunks....It had really believable characters based around Tyneside.
The main detective is an overweight and lonely forty-something woman with her own troubles, past and present. But I liked her, even though she sounded like a real pain to have as a boss!!

Maybe there happened to be a few too many amazing coincidences for the plot to be believed..... but it held my attention all the way through.

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By Gill on 05-17-11

Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

Far too many audiobooks are spoiled by poor or inappropriate narration. This was really excellent. The story was totally absorbing and beautifully read - what a treat!

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By Bateyk on 07-22-15

Loved it

Gosh Vera is a legend. I love this series. Need more Vera audiobooks to listen to.

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