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A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall.
Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, officers find two skeletons.
This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as 'the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father.
©2017 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 10-20-17

Slow, tired and overweight -- much like Vera herse

There's a gem of a plot but it's still firmly in the rough. Vera sounds tired, overweight and uninteresting. She's lost the spark she used to have in the earlier books. Her rumpled style has slipped further and really what was an amusing character trait has become tiresome.

Joe... I wish he'd either leave his wife and get it over with or grow a backbone. If he doesn't leave his wife in a future book I'll be surprised. The hints that he's dissatisfied with his marriage are very strong in this one. The fact that he has a thing for Vera is just creepy. The fact that Vera is possessive of Joe is even more creepy. That said I just wish they'd get the tension out of the way and go to bed or something. Again what was once amusing in earlier books is simply old and tired.

I didn't like the last book and this one was only marginally better. My only real take away from it was, the author hates kids, views them as annoying and gets in the way of life. Or at least that's how Vera and Joe seem to portray things. I'll have to think seriously about spending a credit on the next book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy on 10-10-17

Excellent story, Vera at her best

Excellent storyline, only irritation was narration of Prof's voice which became ever more implausible

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5 out of 5 stars
By Yvonne on 12-07-17

don't try the accent if you can't keep it up<br /><br />

brilliant story marred by the harsh accents of the narrator for some of the softest speaking folk in England. don't be fooled Durham isn't Jawdee or Scouse. just like not all Texans say dang! tooting. any more... get past this grate and you will like this book for what it is.



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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer jo on 10-24-17

Good story but woeful voices

As with all the author's books I enjoyed the story but I would rather it was a straight reading rather than the woeful character voices. I particularly disliked the voices of Joe and The Prof.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynne on 03-25-18

The seagull

I love Ann Cleaves her principal character is so interesting and storylines hold your interest till the very end

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