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Not My Blood: A Joe Sandilands Investigation, Book 10 | [Barbara Cleverly]

Not My Blood: A Joe Sandilands Investigation, Book 10

Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is caught off guard one night in 1933 by a phone call from a distressed boy named Jackie Drummond, who just might be the illegitimate son Joe never knew he had....
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Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is caught off guard one night in 1933 by a phone call from a distressed boy named Jackie Drummond, who just might be the illegitimate son Joe never knew he had....

©2012 Barbara Cleverly (P)2012 AudioGO

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-22-12
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-22-12 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "a leap ahead in time and quality"

    Much has changed in Sandilands. We find a career promoted Joe in 1933, with both Cleverly's prose and her packaging of the historical fiction detective formula much better than early entries in the series.

    As in other similar series, character is built up over novels - so perhaps the characterization would not be as pleasing if you jump into the series here, in book 10. Other than that, it could be a stand-alone listen.

    Cleverly's early novels all contained what seemed like one or two obligatory romantic scenes - - in these the dialogue would be weaker and the scene just, well, clumsy. This is a little better on that account.

    If you're a fan of crime fiction featuring screenplay-like action, adventure and violence, this won't please. It's mostly the quieter type of mystery often found in British and Brit set crime fiction, with a bit of bravado at the end. Sandilands' protege (spelled Dorcus?) returns and becomes a bit of a Maise Dobbs type.

    Are there "preposterous circumstances" as another listener suggests? Well, it is crime FICTION, but the theme of this mystery is not so far fetched, then or now. Compared to most in the genre (and even in this series) it was topical - although the 21st century version of these crimes is better disguised and conducted in regions other than the western world. Even LeCarre has used the theme. You do need to put up with "By God, this is England, and we won't stand for it!" - but that sounds OK by that part of the story.

    Narrator Prebble is much easier on my ears than Terry Wale (Sorry, fans of Terry Wale; I know he's talented, but his narration grates on me.) Prebble can make the lapse into "by God, this is England" dialogue palatable.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    s mill valley, ca, United States 10-08-12
    s mill valley, ca, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Worthy Series"
    Where does Not My Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks right up at the top. I am a great fan of the author and the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Not My Blood?

    The scene in the graveyard. Satisfying end to a legal problem.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon Prebble is such a great reader. He never appears to be reading the book, rather he makes one feel like one is there!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a great fan of the author. Her characters are interesting and well fleshed out. The places where the books take place are well depicted and I enjoy the historical detail. The twists and turns of her plots are most clever. Always love the surprises.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. W. Williams NY Metro 09-18-12
    G. W. Williams NY Metro 09-18-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Preposterous story, well performed."
    What disappointed you about Not My Blood?

    The storyline is over the top. To specify why would be something of a spoiler.


    What could Barbara Cleverly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found a credible reason for the boys' disappearances.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one, because it was over.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Period atmosphere, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    What aspect of Simon Prebble’s performance might you have changed?

    Some of the narrator's phrasing was off; enough to make me notice and take me out of the story,and I felt that he could've added more 'drama' to much of the story - the earlier part anyway (I didn't notice so much near the very end).
    He was good at the Sussex-type accents tho'.
    I feel bad criticising since I'm no actor,but normally I don't really notice the narrators,if that makes sense?


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