©2007 Ann Cleeves; (P)2007 Soundings
"Beautifully constructed...a lively and surprising addition to the genre." (Times Literary Supplement)
Well narrated apart from the occasional lapse from Geordie but it was easy to get into this book and become lost in the plot and the characters. I was quite sad when it came to an end.
I loved Anne Dover's reading of this novel. She gave such life and understanding to the Vera Stanhope character that I felt it was Vera herself telling the story.
Vera Stanhope was someone who I felt I would like to sit down and have a cup of tea with but I also knew that she would be holding something back as we talked. She was intriguing to get to know as the novel went on.
I would have liked to listen to it all in one sitting but I didn't have that much time so I listened to it for several days in a row. I looked forward to hearing more of the story every day that I could listen to it.
I am looking forward to hearing more of the Vera Stanhope series. I found out that these stories are a TV series in Britain. Unfortunately they are not available on Netflix or PBS.
A gripping who-dunnit. Nicely woven, rich characters, plenty of suspects, atmospheric. Narrated very well indeed. Don't start it if you have another task you need to concentrate on!
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