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  • Walking into the Ocean: A Peter Cammon Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Whellams
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Introducing veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, this novel finds Cammon journeying to the Jurassic Coast to solve a seemingly ordinary domestic crime. At first glance, the perpetrator appears to have murdered his wife before drowning in the English Channel, but Cammon soon learns that his case is merely a sideshow. A broader series of murders has been unfolding along the cliffs, baffling the local police.

    Richard Gregson says: "Has the author ever been to Britain?"
    "Has the author ever been to Britain?"
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    Performance
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    What did you like best about Walking into the Ocean? What did you like least?

    An interesting plot, and not badly written – but I have serious doubts if the author has ever visited Britain as there are so many things wrong with the cultural references. No English housewife (the detective’s in this case) would call curtains “drapes”, the police do not employ semi-retired police detectives to handle important murder cases on a part-time basis, there are no local TV-station “affiliates” of national networks, people drink beer in pubs and not ale, a forensic blood stain expert is not a haematologist, and so on; there are many more like these. Small things, but they pile up, are unnecessary and almost bad enough to make me stop listening … I only carried on because I wanted to know “who did it”. Other irritants – nobody can tell menstrual blood stains on a wall from any other sort of blood just by looking at it, the hierarchy in the Metropolitan police (not Scotland yard – that’s just a building) is not full of Lords and Sirs and the faux-North American accent given by the reader to the Canadian character is decidedly not a Canadian accent. All very sloppy and needless when a bit of decent editing would have fixed these things.


    What could David Whellams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Got his facts right about life and policing in Britain


    What three words best describe Gerard Doyle’s performance?

    Adequate


    Did Walking into the Ocean inspire you to do anything?

    Not read anything more by this author


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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