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I love this series with its many interesting characters. This may not be the best book in the series on its own, but it carries the story of Simon forward in new and interesting directions. I highly recommend that you start with the first in the series and continue. Delightful hours of listening.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Over a period of 3 weeks, while recovering from surgery, I have been kept company by the wonderful UK mysteries written by Susan Hill and narrated by Steven Pacey.
These take place in mostly current times, though I estimate Hill has been writing the series over the past 10-15 years so current events and tech has changed from "Dashing to a pay phone" to a 15 year old with a cell phone..In other words these aren't vintage novels.
Steven Pacey has a wonderful ability to bring Hills writing to life, especially when it comes to characters voices. I've listened to all 8 books and have come to know and enjoy the dialogue between Simon and Cat,the arguments between teen Sam and his sister that lead to anger and typical sibling bickering, and to know the stern father of the 3 triplets and his wonderful second wife-just thru Paceys intonation. Spectacular-especially with Paceys cultured accent that can swiftly change to Cornwall or Northern or Scott accents--how does he do that?
I've read negative comments about the series-not exciting enough, no plot etc. This hasn't been my experience at all.
Hill doesn't write shoot 'em up mysteries with American gumshoes and car cases. His cop shop is full of men and women who work hard and with diligence to discover the perp.
Try it-I bet you'll like them!
Well worth the credits
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I want to like these books, but I am disappointed. Though definitely a detective novel, this book doesn't quite fulfil the demands of the genre. I struggle to identify with the main character, he is a bit 2-dimensional.
I will listen to the next one in the series because I have already bought it (on a 2 for 1 offer) but unless it becomes a lot better, I won't get any more.
Beautifully narrated though.