Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing 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? When the wife of the St. Michael¹s Cathedral Dean goes missing and then another respectable woman is taken on her way to work, the townspeople grow angry and afraid. Serrailler follows lead after lead, all of which become dead ends. It is only through a piece of luck, a chance meeting, and a life put in grave danger that he finally gets a result.
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I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
I was really anticipating listening to this book because although I’ve heard radio adaptations of some of Susan Hill’s stories, I had never read a novel. She is highly acclaimed, and this novel seemed right down my alley. I also really enjoy Steven Pacey as a narrator. I did read in some reviews that Hill goes off on a few tangents, but I’m usually tolerant of some digressions, so I went ahead and bought this one. That was a mistake. I wanted a MYSTERY, but this novel doesn’t even introduce the crime until about one-third through. Further, Simon Serailler, the supposed main character is out of the picture for a good portion of the story. Especially irritating were the prolonged discussions of church politics. The book is well-written and engaging for what it actually is, and Pacey does an excellent job; I did listen to it. It is, however, NOT primarily a mystery. Because I did like the characters and Hill is a good writer, I will probably try another novel in this series, but this one was a bit of a dud.
Overall, it is a 3.5 star book. Steven Pacey as usual did a great job and due because of his work i was able to complete the book.
It is a slow pedestrian book. Book does focus mostly on the life of victims and does not discuss much of the methods or the motivations of the killer. So, the books turned into about baby sitting problems when folks going out to work, weather is very cold outside and other dangers of working on the street.
Most of all book was predictable that a reader is not going to be surprised when the killer comes forth.
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