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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.
Excellent storyline, only irritation was narration of Prof's voice which became ever more implausible
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love Ann Cleaves her principal character is so interesting and storylines hold your interest till the very end