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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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By Nicole on 04-13-17


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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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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By Lee-anne on 04-26-16

Not the same

Not as good with new narrator, voices are so different ,
didnt enjoy it.

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By Alexandra Allan on 12-16-15


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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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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By Tracey on 07-18-16

Final in the 7 book series - didn't want it to end

What made the experience of listening to The Hanging Girl the most enjoyable?

I have grown to know and love the characters at Dept Q, and I was sad the book/series ended. This audio version got a bad review because after 6 books, the narrator was changed, and while it took a few chapters to adjust to the new reader, my ear attuned and I don't know why other listeners didn't like him. Possibly not quite as good at the character voices or at least replicating them the way Steven Pacey did, but I enjoyed this narrator, and more than that, I forgot about his voice and focused on the characters who I know and love.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hanging Girl?

The whole cast of characters that Jussi has created, they work together as a whole to create an entertaining wry witted team who draw the story along, each in their own way contributing to the atmosphere of the book.

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't have time to read real books, so I would have missed out completely if it were not on audio. I grew to like Malcolm's dry voice. After a while, it reminded me somewhat of Bill Nighy in that ironic but serious sort of way. Don't give the narrator a bad rap just because he wasn't the same on e as we were used to with the previous 6 books. It was not the narrator's fault he was changed, if he'd been the narrator from Series 1, no-one would have known any different. In fact, I found his voice soothing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, fortunately, it goes for 14 hours so I could enjoy it over a few days.

Any additional comments?

Jussie Adler Olssen has his own rhythm and building of a story. He has created a great blend of characters and I hope there will be more Dept Q books to come, as I love Carl Morck and Assad. Assad often had me smiling with his camel tales "she screams like a camel who has eaten sand" is my favourite. Hurry up and write the next one Jussi.... I am now an official Scandi Crime addict.

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