Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they?
George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. But as he and his fellow "twitchers" flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles in response to rumours of rare sightings, George - with help from his lovely wife, Molly - gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it...before the murderer struck again.
©1986 © Ann Cleeves (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Gripping until the ending"
Have you ever read one of those Agatha Christie novels where you try really hard to work with the detective only for a snippet of information to arrive from Somerset house, transforming our understanding of events?
So it is with this book. It is a good listen, but when all is 'revealed' I felt cheated by the deceptive presentation of one character. It made the resolution seem random.
"A Bird in the hand."
Strong storyline with an interesting conclusion. I always thoroughly enjoy Sean Barrett 's engaging reading.
"Tedious, long winded a struggle to finish"
I enjoy Vera and Shetland books but find some of this authors other work very poor by comparison. This seems to be more about the authors distaste for twitchers than anything else. The plot is so thin it s almost transparent and would have been better suited to a short story. Even the valiant efforts of Sean Barrett - one of my favourite narrators - did little to lift this audio book. Mr Barratt had little to work with and so his performance suffered. There is little dialogue for him to display his range of accents and voices which are best showcased with writers such as Phil Rickman.
I really struggled to finish this book and confess I slept through some without bothering to rewind- but still kept up with the story as it didn't move on very quickly. Don't think I will be buying other books from this series.
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