The Circle : Inspector Hen Mallin

  • by Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Inspector Hen Mallin
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class amongst the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect. To clear himself, he must cooperate with formidable Detective Chief Inspector Henrietta Mallin.

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Customer Reviews

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improbable but very entertaining

Would you listen to The Circle again? Why?

Another entertaining book by Peter Livesey. Though the solution is quite convoluted and improbable. Prebble is terrific as ever. An amusing nod to Agatha Cristie was a nice touch


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- Richard

Clever and very amusing.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Circle to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. I've read all of Lovesey's Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin books and loved them, but hearing them read by a talented performer is the tops.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

Naomi and Zach's collaboration on the e-book, probably. Her no nonsense approach and his private thoughts are priceless.


What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I confess that I look out for audio books narrated by Simon Prebble. He does a great job distinguishing between the characters with his vast arsenal of "voices". He uses accent, inflection, tempo, volume etc., to the best advantage. A wonderful performer!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh my, yes. I laughed a lot. Mr.Lovesey is hip to the vernacular. The characters and dialog are priceless!


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- Megan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.