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
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.
"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.
"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
"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.
Believable and likeable main characters, a well described setting and multithreaded story all go to make this an enjoyable ride.
I loved the narration which helped bring the characters to life.
I was a little disappointed with the resolution of this whodunit and felt it a case of better to travel than to arrive - hence the four stars for the story.
"Good, easy listening and engrossing"
Enjoyed this and will look out for other Vera's to listen to. Good range of Geordie accents too. Recommended for listening
"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!
"Another Favourite Mystery From Ann Cleeves..."
Another Vera novel. Wonderfully read by Janine Birkett. Ann Cleeves tells another emotional and gripping mystery. What links the murders of the two woman? Everything starts at Harbour Street. The lovable battle-ax, Vera, deals with everybody like no other detective on the scene. Lots of characters populate the story to keep you guessing.
Great read, listened to this over a couple of nights
Quite an interesting twist at the end !
Characters very well developed .. Especially Vera
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