As the snow falls thickly, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train.
Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the festivities. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived. Then a second woman is murdered. Retracing Margaret’s final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood. Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?
©2014 Ann Cleeves (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
I really like Vera Stanhope as a hero in these books she is a totally believable flawed human and it makes for a great story. I had issues with the narrator on this book. She had a nice voice but t the accents were very poorly done which spoiled it for me. Shame.
Extremely well written
There are many twists and turns in the plot.
Janine Birkett's voice changed effectively for each character. She reads extremely well.
I would happily have listened to the entire book in one sitting if it had been possible.
This book was a great combination of Ann Cleeves writing and Janine Birkett's reading.
"My first Vera Book"
A great listen,
A detective that does not spend all day arguing with superiors. I sometime wonder how they actually get any work done. A detective that is not and does not seem to have ever been an alcoholic . She does enjoy her food and drink but that story line is not continually harked upon. No Vera gets on with the job in hand, is pleasant to her staff and is aware of her failings. All in all a great story,I am off now to listen to another,
"Good story but . . ."
No. The reading was somewhat disappointing.
Vera because she is so acerbic .
This was disappointing. Joe sounded like an elderly grisly bear, but Holly's accent crossed between London cockney, South African and Australian. We found this very distracting and in the end irritating, hoping that Holly would not appear in the story too much. The Northern accents were fine.
"Saw it coming and the forgot"
The story is original, one could sense who might be responsible but then we are steared away and return with a surprise as to whodunnit
Less mention of the eventual culprit would have made sense
Driving in the car would have been hazardous whilst reading this book, or any other. Her narration was excellent.
"Excellent! Hooked from start to finish"
I'm a fairly recent convert to Ann Cleeves, initially through television, and had only listened to The Glass Room in audio so far. This was even better.
Yes, there are the odd convenient coincidences, but it is, as Vera would say, 'a story'. It works.
It has distinctive characters, really strong evocative writing, and enough twists and turns to keep you hooked, and guessing, to the rather bitter end.
The narration was excellent, it all comes to life as you listen. There was only one false step the whole way - Holly, the young female detective on the team, is described early on as having an 'educated southern accent'. Then she opens her mouth and out comes a flat estuary voice with a slight, bizarre, Aussie overtone at times. Perhaps Geordies find it as hard to do other regional voices as most of us find it to attempt Geordie!
I'd definitely recommend this one. Vera Stanhope may be odd, but she's addictive.
"Another Vera Story."
I love Vera and hearing her thoughts. I like her relationship with her Joe Ashworth and her other detectives. I felt that the end of the story, on this one, was a little weak.
I like hearing the thought processes of the actors.
I felt that the narrator was good when taking on the role of Vera, weaker with the other characters.
I enjoy Ann's books, I love the way that they have come to our TV screen. I look forward to more!
"Gripping wonderfully narrated"
Exciting gripping different
So very well narrated...one of my best audiobook experiences. The narrator brought the characters in what was a great story to life
"Great performance, ok story..."
The narrator of this story was great, she really brought the characters to life and made them believable, especially Vera, I could almost imagine that I was watching the actual television series whilst listening to this, however overall I just found the story to be OK.
Interesting perpetrator in the end as attention was drawn to a few other suspects so I didn't see the true identity of the killer coming until it was revealed right towards the end, which is always a good thing.
All in all, a decent read, worth a listen, but not phenomenal. Would listen to this series again though.
"Clever and believable so I was very satisfied at the end!"
The narrator was excellent ! Being hard of hearing my only complaints are when the person telling the story speaks 'confidentially and I miss the words but I am always so impressed with the variety of parts played.
"really enjoyed this"
well narrated. characters are well developed and keeps you guessing right up to the end. I really like the Vera stories I think Charlie Hardwick narrates marginally better but really liked this
ive been watching vera on tv and this book was a lovely extra treat. perfect
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