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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm.
Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree.
The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.
©2016 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on 04-13-17

Enjoyable

What did you love best about The Hanging Girl?

The characters within department Q

What three words best describe Graeme Malcolm’s voice?

He got the characters a little better by the second part

Any additional comments?

Stephen Pacey really nailed the characters and their voices and gave them such a good sense of humour in previous books, which was lost on the new narrator. Story was good but the ending hurried slightly exaggerated to make it work. Nonetheless I really enjoy the book I love the team their antics and the extended friends/family their stories jolly clever writing

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5 out of 5 stars
By Colleen on 12-28-15

What's the big deal

I don't understand this fuss about the change in narrator. I'm a big fan of the series (i purchased every title so far) and thought that Graeme Malcolm did a good job. Admittedly I was a little hesitant as i enjoyed Steven Pacey so much, but the story was so good that I didn't miss him after the first chapter. I really don't care who the narrator is there is no way I'd miss a single installment of this fantastic series!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alexandra Allan on 12-16-15

Narrator???

I love the department Q books but for me, this book was seriously let down by the choice of narrator. Don't know why Jussi has gone with a different narrator from the previous books but not a good choice. I won't be listening to any future department Q books if Graeme Malcolm is going to be the narrator. Bring back Steven Pacey.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 12-29-15

Imperfect Chemistry

As a long-standing fan of Olsen’s excellent Department Q series I was delighted to find another one had been released on Audible. While this one is still very good quality crime fiction there have been some changes of direction which have changed the experience significantly from the earlier books. Previously Olsen did a fabulous job of mixing the back stories of his characters with a gripping crime story leading to a delicious mix of dark humour and tension-building drama. In this volume Olsen has almost pruned much of the wider character interaction out and trimmed the cast with previously significant characters like his gay lodgers almost removed from the stories. While there are still plenty of Assadisms the characters seem much steadier, less stressed and in turn, sorry to say it just a touch duller.

With this story Olsen has taken just a touch more of the Dan Brown style as the investigators get involved with a Sun God Cult. The story itself has a lot of depth, some intriguing developments and an excellent twist at the end which is tied into a very dramatic and indeed satisfying conclusion. That said, I don’t think it builds the tension in the same way as most of the previous stories. It does deliver as a crime story should, just in a more steady fashion.

Finally though, the change in narrator. It may be that with his change of character and story direction Olsen or his publishers felt a new narrator was in order. To me this just magnified what was missing. Pacey and Department Q were an excellent combination, he was able to deliver the stress, tension, chaos and humour of the earlier books with aplomb and genuinely added to the production mix. Graeme Malcolm operates at pretty much one pace and one tone. I can imagine him doing some books quite well but following on from Pacey his style jars and his delivery drags the whole experience down.

In all this is a quality piece of crime fiction with enough clever nuances, twists and turns to make it a worthwhile purchase. It also gives us a character cliffhanger to entice us into the next book of the series. However, in comparison with previous books in the series it falls down in ways that are significant and simply doesn’t fully deliver what we’ve come to expect from Department Q. For me personally this instalment has moved the series from “Must Buy” to “Worth considering”, especially if they persevere with the same narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 04-29-18

Mixed Review

Having listened to and thoroughly enjoyed the first 5 books in the Department Q series read by the talented Steven Pacey and all his wonderful dialects. It was difficult to adjust to Carl Morck, Assad, Rose and the rest of the regular cast sounding completely different. The current narration was by no means terrible, just not what I had come to enjoying hearing! Why the change?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris Hardwicke on 11-20-17

Great characters

I rarely post a review - but felt it necessary here. Great story, endearing characters - but the change in narrator spoils the whole package. I felt as though I was listening to a priest/vicar narrating the story - the intonation just wasn't right and the lack of believable continuity in the accents of the main characters, will probably dissuade me from downloading the next book in the series. Probably better to read this book & subsequent books, after the brilliant narration by Steven Pacey in previous performances.

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