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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home, read by David Monteath.
The daughter who nobody wanted learns the truth about the mother she never knew.
Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things - and sometimes people - lost or missing at sea. His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, 26 years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.
Megan's daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life. As McGill is drawn into Violet's search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried....
©2016 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Simply intoxicating." (Library Journal)
"Entertaining and gripping mystery." (The Herald)
"A classic whodunit." (The Scotsman)
"Cal McGill is a triumph...a wonderfully unique creation." (crimefictionlover.com)
"Great writing, enjoyable story-telling and wonderful characterization." (The Scots Magazine)
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By Strumpet101 on 12-28-17

Every bit as good as the first - superb performance

I confess I went searching for more performances from David Monteath. Having discovered The Sea Detective I plunged headlong further into the series. I find the humanity of his series every bit as interesting as the science of oceanography that was so front and center in the first book and continues to have a background presence here.

The depiction of a suspicious small village in Scotland is wonderful and the characters well developed. Loved it and headed straight for the third.

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By Fay on 09-04-17

A Disappointment after the first book

I was actually intrigued by the info in the first book about sea currents and how the "detective" used his work to follow them. This book had none of that. It was a mystery with pretty stock characters and not about the sea currents at all.

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By Renka on 01-26-16

Every bit as good as the first book

What did you like most about The Woman Who Walked into the Sea?

Good story with a few twists

Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

David Monteath is a good narrator who makes all the characters believable

Any additional comments?

Mark Douglas-Home has captured the 'detective with a difference' perfectly. Good to have this type of story without the seemingly obligatory Detective Inspector as the main character

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By Rogayah on 04-06-16

Benign appearances

This as not as good as the first book. The sea and Cal don't play a very strong part in the action, coming a poor second to Violet Wells and her quest to find out about her birth mother who seems to have abandoned her at birth and died or disappeared by walking into the sea.

It was quite interesting enough to listen to the end to find out more about the reticent, hostile natives but it did not live up to the standard set by the first book nor was it as lively.

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