I thoroughly enjoyed Field of Blood, and had high expectations for The Dead Hour. I was somewhat disappointed when it didn't measure up to my expectations. With that said, it was still worth my time and I truly did enjoy it - but I enjoyed it a little less than the first.
Where the first book offered two lenses - Paddy at work, Paddy at home - the second offers two different lenses - Paddy's view, and the view from one of the protagonists. I wouldn't say that this book is worse than the first - it's just different.
While it was a little slow to draw me in, I did reach that point where just couldn't stop listening until I found out how it was all going to end. That's usually the sign of a good read (listen) - at least in my book (pun intended).
I enjoyed the narrator's performance and had no problems understanding the diction. For me, the accent really added to the sense of place and the atmosphere of the story.
All up, I'm glad I picked it and I will be moving on to Slip of the Knife next.
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