Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him. The Jankos have not had an easy past. They are a clan touched by tragedy - either they are cursed, or they are hiding a terrible secret. Could it be that Rose's discovery of that secret led to her disappearance all those years ago? Soon Ray wishes that he'd never asked the question. In a novel that is totally different from Stef's extraordinary debut The Tenderness of Wolves, she shows herself once more to be a matchless storyteller.
©2011 Stef Penney (P)2011 Quercus Editions Ltd
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"Of you only download one book, make it this one!"
The story is gripping, dealing sensitively and thoughtfully with the Gypsy
Community. It's told in the first person by two different characters. Like them, all the people who inhabit the story are masterfully drawn. The denoument is quite unexpected, though one can spot the clues in hindsight.
The reading by Daniel Stevens enhances the quality of the narrative. His voices are perfectly judged and performed, the pacing and delivery are perfect.
I was sorry when I came to the end.
"wonderful story, great characters"
This was the best I've heard for a while, not for a moment did I stop believing in the characters, or get tired of the mystery. Great reading too.
"A great listen"
Any book that Dan Stevens narrates is a joy to listen to, he is by far my favourite narrator.
An intriguing storyline with a twist and characters that Dan brings to life with his portrayal of each one, with Dan you forget that you are actually listening to one man telling a story.
A good story and a great listen.
"Gypsy Rose will have the answer"
Tenderness of Wolves this is not and maybe that is good as it would be hard to emulate such a novel.I enjoyed the story and the way in which it was told. I was interested in the characters and the story held my interest. I would not say it was one of the best 'whodunnit' I have read but it was enjoyable.
I thought the narration by Dan Stevens was excellent I have read others with his narration and would comment similarly.
Overall an enjoyable read It will be interesting to see what this author produces next.
"An excellent listen"
Very good listening - a good story - and very well read - more of a beach type listen than a serious "walking listening to the classics" type listen - depending on your taste of course - but I thoroughly recommend this to anybody who enjoys a good detective story. Easy listening. I won't mention the story - but it's most enjoyable and interesting too.
"Out of the grid deep in the culture."
Good detective story, full of interesting characters and steeped in the atmospherics of a different culture. With a good ending that was not easy to see coming.
Fast paced plot that develops as it explains the ins and outs of the investigation, well written and very contemporary to the age of identity politics but in an interesting human way, not a political preachy propaganda, just people and their cultures trying to fit together.
"Gripping and fascinating"
One of the best
The last part with all its twists and turns - brilliant!
I loved the descriptions of gypsy life.
The ending was poignant and beautifully written
"Enjoyable gypsy mystery"
I really enjoyed this book even though I figured out the twist fairly early on. The two male leads JJ and Ray are beautifully vulnerable and you find yourself willing a happy end for them. Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator, his voice has a hypnotic cadence which really draws you in.
"An excellent story, narrated well"
This is a genuine 5-star listen - a gripping plot, complex characters, and a hero you can really root for. I've heard so much about Stef Penney from other people but have avoided her work as I had the impression it was a bit heavyweight and literary. How wrong was I!? This had all the feel of a favourite Raymond Chandler story. A private-eye, a missing girl (or two), a low-key love interest, and an intriguing family set-up. Setting it in the 1980s was an unusual move, and I was intrigued to know why Penney had done this, although I thought it worked well. Great storytelling, and an excellent narrator too.
"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?"
I really enjoyed this story, and the wonderful reading of it added to the intricacies of the plot. The negative reviews (Guardian etc) are ill founded. I found the ending surprising - and a second 'reading' would be enlightening with hindsight. But why the boat on the 'dust jacket'? Surely a trailer/digger/grave/wooden bunch of flowers would be more appropriate? Well written; good story and Dan Stevens is brilliant. This would appeal to both men and women if you are looking for something for a shared journey.
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