DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but she has more tolerance for her hippy neighbours than most. When one of them goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand.
Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting. Then another body is found, and Vera suspects that someone is playing games with her.
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really good read, as usual the detective Vera Stanhope draws you in, you keep wanting to understand her, but somehow the reader never quite gets enough info, so we keep wanting more. can't wait for the bext book.
I love the series Vera so I bought this book and I wasn't disappointed. You really get in to the characters and places. I love the narrator Charlie Hardwicks voice and it's great that she is a geordie as after watching Vera it wouldn't sound right in any other accent.
Charlie Hardwick is perfect narrator for this fantastic story involving D.C.I Vera Stanhope.
Clever dialogue,atmospheric and perfect pace makes this audiobook my all time favourite.
If you like the TV series you will love this.
Gripping complicated story from first chapter to the last.
Very well written even if a bit drawn out at times.
"Another great story narrated by Charlie Hardwick."
I have read the books; listened to them and watched the series.
my conclusion, lived listening to Charlie's genuine "Geordie' accent - she made the story zing and come alive!
"Involvment makes the detective investigating real"
The interaction between the detective and her neighbours and the differences there are between them make this a fascinating exploration of how we are challenged by those who do not think like us and overcome our prejudices. We are in there with Vera and her battles to find the solution
I'd not read a Vera Stanhope book, just seen the television series with the brilliant Brenda Blethyn, so wasn't sure what to expect. It was excellent.
A real old fashioned whodunit (that I guessed completely wrong) with strong characters and superb narration. You could, at times, almost smell the sea off the Northumberland coast.
I'll definitely be looking for more, and I hope they all have the same narrator.
"Dull potboiler; boring reader"
It's hard to tell if this is an average story made worse by a boring reader or actually really poor in its own right. Reading this myself might be ok, but the poor narrator of this audiobook makes it dull, a shame, since the ingredients are so hopeful.
The story is barely believable, and the characters unsympathetic, even Vera is not drawn too well here. This felt like a book written to a deadline by an author out of ideas.
The reader may be from the north east, but she only has about 3 different voices, which makes some of the scenes impossible to follow, where a room full of people discuss the case. Her reading voice is also is a bit of a drone, which was just boring in the end.
Basically I was disappointed. I don't really understand all the five star reviews, it isn't exciting, well read or believable IMHO. I guess I expect a bit more for a fifer!
"Keeps you guessing!"
A good yarn and of particular interest to a Geordie! Took a little time to appreciate the reader's voice but warmed to it quite quickly.
"Better on tv"
This story would have been better w ith a more animated narrator. I felt her flat monotonous voice didnt carry the listener along and i was often tempted to delete it and start on something else. There was not enough difference between the voices . Vera was the onky really creditable character.
"Good book, wonderful performance."
The solution to this mystery was very obvious, the who and the why, but it was still thoroughly engaging because the quality of the writing, the storytelling of Ann Cleeves is just good.
The narrator was just wonderful. The many accents and tones required by this book was all handled beautifully. Her voice lent itself very well to the characters as well as the accents. Quite possibly the best narration I've heard in 20+ years of listening to Audio Books.
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