Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up an exhausting and difficult case for SIFT – Special Incident Flying Taskforce – and is on a sabbatical on a Scottish island when he is recalled to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have vanished and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter? But then one of the Cathedral wives goes missing, followed by another young married woman.
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"excellent - nothing else to say really!"
over last few months ive listened to ALL the susan hill books in the 'serrailler' series. there are 5 books currently (hope more will be written) crime is my first choice to listen to & these books fit the bill exactly. all i ask is a good story, well written & well narrated which all these books are. really like steven paceys narration - he is excellent. also grown to actually like several of the characters in the stories. can only heartingly recommend listening to all 5 books. you really wont be dissapointed
I can't rate the combination of Susan Hil and Stephen Pacey highly enough. Her writing is so natural, and the characterisation and dialogue are more important to me than the plots (of which there are always several on the go). His narration is perfect. Each member of the cast has such a distinctive voice that even when a scene opens with dialogue I always know who is speaking.
I have really got to know the characters well over the five books, and Susan Hill is not afraid to kill key members off, in a way which is very lifelike.
I'm just sad that I've reached the end of the audiobooks, though I think she has written at least one more.
I've enjoyed a number of Susan Hill's books featuring her interesting and sensitive detective Simon Serrailler. I thought this was the best so far. The main characters are believable and make an impression on ones mind. The book is not only a pacy detective story but also fleshes out the personal and working relationships of Serrailer which adds an extra dimension of enjoyment.
"enjoyed every word"
I am a great fan of all of Susan Hills work. This one was excellent. the characters are well written and you care what happens to them. You feel truly sorry when one of the main characters disappears and is a victim to the strangler. I did guess who the strangler was just over half way along, but even so it was v enjoyable to see the plot develop.
"As good as ever"
I always enjoy The Simon Serrailler series as they paint a picture of the community. My only slight quibble was the choice of murderer - I did not think we were given quite enough clues to make it a convinving selection.
"bit of deja vue"
brilliantly narrated as always by Steven Pacey. writing is crisp, well observed and as competent as always. Trouble with this story is the denouement is identical to one of her previous books - police have no idea who the killer is till he walks into the kitchen of an associate and tries to kill them. Unlikely to the point of laughable but that being said it is a good read. Susan Hill has the excellent technique of making you care and share with the victom's murder and at times I find this quite disturbing.
Less packing, more of the murder story
Cut out all the incidental stories, main topic could have been a short story
most of them
Compared to other Serrailer books I have read I found this boring
"Entertaining and gripping"
Susan Hill and the fabulous Simon Serrailler bought to life by the unmistakable voice of Steven Pacey has done it agsin. Each book gets better and better. Can't wait to continue the story of this complicated policeman who I think I am a little bit in love with!
"Is this the end of the road?"
I like the familiar characters and places
This 5th book in the Simon Serailler series is slower and less interesting than earlier books
I hope that this book is just a blip. Generally this is a great series of stories which I have thoroughly enjoyed but this latest one is slow and predictable - so easy to guess the killer from the very beginning
"Well-written, good story"
Yes - Susan Hill is an excellent writer and the plots are reliably good
I'm not sure - I am definitely not keen on Simon Serailler himself, but I think that is in some ways the author's intention. I always like the characters around him, which is why I keep listening.
I have listened to all the Simon Serailler audio books, so yes. However I don't love how the actor voices female characters as they always sound rather simpering. I realise it's difficult for a male voice to do the opposite sex (and vice versa), but it is rather irritating.
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