• The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Series: Max Wolfe, Book 1
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-22-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (544 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....
The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this.
©2014 Tony Parsons (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Propulsive ... If The Murder Bag marks the launch of a new crime series, count me in." ( The Times)
"A tense debut crime novel with a dose of dry wit" ( Daily Express)
"Impressive, page-turning ... Told with conviction and at an ever increasing pace" ( Daily Mail)
"Truly emotive crime-writing is a rarity, and The Murder Bag looks set to win Tony Parsons many new fans in the genre" ( GQ)
"Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic." (Lee Child)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 08-21-14


This is by far the best book I have read all year, maybe longer. And I can't say enough about Colin Mace. What a pleasure to listen to. This is one of those books that when you finish you have to digest. You can't go into your library and start another one right up.

Some one else's review made mention of no real gore or vulgarity, they were correct. The crime scenes were so well written you didn't the gore.

There was a point when I 'figured out' at least part mystery/crime but then you think you have the whole story and wham there is a twist I did not see coming.

Love the father/daughter/dog relationship. It's heartwarming.

And Colin Mace - WOW not sure I have listened to him before but I would seek out others that he has read. The different accents were wonderful, transition flawless, and just his voice-perfect.

I hope this becomes a series!!!

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31 of 32 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By L. O. Pardue on 11-03-14

Great Start to a new Trilogy

After finishing this audio book, I checked out this author and found out this is the start of a trilogy. My first thought was -- "only 2 more books with Max Wolfe!" I can honestly say I will be grieving halfway through the 3rd book if this character's story ends. I imagine by that time Tony Parsons will be selling lots of books and his editor will be thinking up ways to continue the story with DC Wolfe, his young daughter and their dog.

I don't know this author but he must have a strong writing background. I particularly loved how there were violent, heart-beating scenes, but no goriness. The author's knowledge of police procedure and his strong plotting of the story was a delight to me. I didn't want to stop listening as I drove closer to my home. I thought up errands in order to continue my drive and the listen. Colin Mace is a wonderful narrator -- top notch!

Even if you think you have it figured out, you will still want to hear every word. Especially since a twist is awaiting you in the end. Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 06-04-14

I LOVED this book!

I just loved this book and am at a bit of a loss now it is finished. I was not sure about the narrator when I listened to the preview but ended up really enjoying his rendition. It has everything - blood thirsty murders, sex, violence, suspense and tenderness. Excellent, a bit different and very enjoyable. I look forward to the future episodes if this proves to be a series.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By c on 06-06-14

Should and could have been so much better

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nearly gave up on this about half-way through but I started again and got to like it better second time around. The pity of this book is that there were just too many improbables and glaring holes in what could have been a really good plot and story-line. There were some nice touches of characterisation especially around the lead character BUT equally it got rather too long and drawn out around daughters and dogs in particular!

Would you recommend The Murder Bag to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not because there are just too many improbables and absolute holes in the story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was not too clever around accents and changing voices. It's quite off-putting that he swallows loudly very frequently but in spite of that I did get to like him more as the book went on.

Could you see The Murder Bag being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. Mainly because of the improbabilities!

Any additional comments?

Shame. Just a bit more care and less tedium around unimportant issues, this could have been pretty good.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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