The Pure in Heart : Simon Serrailler

  • by Susan Hill
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: Simon Serrailler
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

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A New - and unusual - Favorite Series

After reading the first book in this series, I had a few reservations. This second entry pretty much resolved all that.

The main character, Simon Serrailler, is much more in evidence here. He turns out to be a complex and interesting personality - frustratingly reserved, uncommunicative and distant; but, at the same time, a caring boss, brother, uncle and son. He and the other characters keep you interested, and the plot is an involving one.

Some reviewers have noted that the resolutions of Susan Hill's plot lines are not very satisfying for many mystery fans. I'd say that her characters and the police actions in the books may rather reflect much of the true nature of police investigations and human motives.

Steven Pacey, like all the best narrators, isn't a distracting performer. Instead, he just quietly personifies all the characters and delivers a natural and comfortable reading. Hard to beat that!

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- C. Telfair

I have become addicted to this series...

..and Steven Pacey is certainly one of the best narrators I have ever encountered. The complex interactions between Simon Serrailler, his family, his colleagues at work and family members of crime victims show him to be a fascinating and flawed protagonist. This is a heartbreaking story and is, I think, realistic rather than adhering to the type of formulae we have come to expect in mystery novels. The "dropped" story lines referred to by another reviewer are most likely resolved in ensuing books, and some patience is needed. Fortunately, I discovered this series when five books had already been written, so I could consume them in order, and follow the characters' development.

This is not a conventional mystery novel and Susan Hill is much more than a conventional mystery writer. Read them all. Read them in order. Enjoy!
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios