London police administrator Peter Shand has been sent to gain field experience out in the country, and unfortunately for him, his first case is a real whodunit. As the slow-moving case gains intense scrutiny, Shand begins to lie about details of the case, hopeful that he can solve it before the lies spin out of control. Chris Dolley invents a compelling and flawed protagonist, unsure and somewhat bumbling in the face of immense pressure. In contrast, George Orlando gives a stunningly assured performance, his deep and rumbling voice proving solid and steadfast in a way Shand wishes he could be.
Peter Shand is the 'safe pair of hands' - a high-flying police administrator seconded to a quiet rural CID team to gain the operational experience he needs for promotion. On his second day he's thrust into a high-profile murder case. A woman's body is discovered in an old stone circle - with another woman buried alive beneath her.
The pressure on Shand is enormous.The media is clamoring for answers, but everything about the case is baffling. Then a local journalist singles out Shand as the reason for the lack of progress, and goads him at a press conference. Shand responds by inventing a lead, andkeeps on lying - to the press, his boss, his team - telling himself that he'll solve the case before anyone finds out. And then another murder occurs. And had there been a third?
Shand begins to doubt his ability. He's desperate, increasingly unpredictable, pursued by an amorous psychic, and somehow gaining a reputation for arresting livestock. Which will break first? The case, or Shand? Chris Dolley is a New York Times best-selling author.
©2011 Chris Dolley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
If a book based in an English village was narrated by someone who spoke in English and pronounced the words properly.
The Purity of Vengeance
He was American, not English, his attempt at a Scots accent wobbled between Irish and New England.
The story, as far as I listened, had some potential.
I have listened to over a thousand Audible books and while I have truly enjoyed most of them,and also returned a couple or three, this is the first time I have felt it necessary to give my opinion.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Peter Shand was in his current position because he needed some hands on experience as an investigator. Until now all of his police work had involved administrative evaluation of cases handled by other CID officers. While he was excellent at what he did it did not prepare him for what would happen when the quiet rural patch he had been sent to would become the center of a media frenzy when a woman's body is found in the center of a stone circle with another woman buried alive beneath her.
He also finds that far from peaceful, the village has a simmering underbelly where incomers are fighting with villagers for control, where the weapons are Parish Counsel elections, livestock, and local legends.
The book was quite fun as poor Peter struggles to get his feet under him as he deals with a local psychic, a malicious reporter, and another murder.
The only problem I had was with the narrator. While he wasn't terrible in the sense that you could clearly understand his voice except when he came up with some very peculiar pronunciations of "denouement" and "assuage". He had a middle of the road US accent except when he assayed some truly dreadful local accents-- I had no idea what part of the UK he was aiming for with these. Given the book was set in England this was distracting and did the book a disfavor.
Luckily this was a whispersynced audible deal because I would have been really annoyed if I had paid more than a couple of dollars for the narration.
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