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The Various Haunts of Men: Simon Serrailler 1 | [Susan Hill]

The Various Haunts of Men: Simon Serrailler 1

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.
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A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated, and needs to know, perhaps, too much. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events. From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in what promises to be a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.

©2004 Susan Hill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Martin
    Cork, Ireland
    8/9/10
    Overall
    "Absorbing"

    An excellent listen. This is first book I have read by Susan Hill. She creates believable characters within the context of an intricate story-line. As well as serving up the conventional 'whodunnit' and police procedural elements, she manages to explore several other themes as well and weaves them all together very skillfully. The narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glynis
    haverhill, United Kingdom
    7/9/10
    Overall
    "much enjoyed"

    really enjoyed this audio book. its the first of series of three. iv already requested the second one for my next moths choice. easy to listen to. good characters & really well read. i get 'comfortable' with a lead character & the simon serrailler is 'most agreeable'! its definately worth a listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Norrwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    4/12/10
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    "Don't go out alone!"

    Susan Hill usually manages to scare the pants off me and has pulled this off (if you pardon the pun) with applomb. She manages to lull us into a sense of security in this sleepy little dormer town even though we know things are going on. Hill constucts a gradual psychological build up amongst a cast of well developed characters right up to the 'twist of the knife' ending. The reader - Stephen Pacey - skillfully brings each character to life, adding to the drama and climax of the story.

    This is the first of Hill's 'Simon Serrailler' series and I'm looking forward to listening to others in the series providing I'm somewhere safe and with the lights on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom
    3/17/10
    Overall
    "very good book"

    pulled me in quickly and kept me till the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • susiesmith
    1/18/15
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    "brilliant!"

    I'd almost given up on Audible books - either the story's weak or the performance isn't good- or both. My faith was restored with this book by Susan Hill. Gripping story, well read - now going to get the sequel! Recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gwen
    IpswichUnited Kingdom
    1/14/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping"

    Excellent author, very sympathetic characters and extremely good reading by Steven Pacey. I will be going straight on to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elmamaria
    1/3/15
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    "Very meandering and difficult to get into."

    I struggled to maintain interest or to care about the characters. Found it too long with long meandering go nowhere parts of the story. If I had been reading it as a book then I would've skipped a good number of pages. It's ok but doesn't make me want to buy any of the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    12/31/14
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    "Surprising plot twist and pleasing narrator!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by this book, I've never heard of the author but it came up as a suggested listen on Audible and as there were so many already in the series I thought I'd give no.1 a go. It is nicely paced and the characters are developed swiftly with plenty of pleasing attributes so that you enjoy hearing about them as the story unravels. There are a couple of plot twists that I wasn't expecting which further added to my enjoyment of it all. I instantly bought book no.2 and having nearly got through all that I will be on to book 3 soon. I would thoroughly recommend this series (and this narrator, who has a pleasant voice and brings the book to life).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lamorenchie
    12/16/14
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    "A thin story almost saved by excellent narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    There were good parts to this tale but too many unbelieveable or clichéd elements which spoilt it. It was also more of a novel than a detective story - and definitely not a man's read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was actually quite unexpected, so a plus.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

    My favourite character was the detective constable.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    12/16/14
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    "Superbly Read!"
    Would you listen to The Various Haunts of Men again? Why?

    No, now I know the ending!


    If you’ve listened to books by Susan Hill before, how does this one compare?

    Well written and Susan Hill is a good story teller.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His reading and giving a voice to each individual character is superb.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A bit sad about the dog!


    Any additional comments?

    Susan Hill writes beautifully and the story flows. However, I like to have a plot where the detectives solve a crime by wit and cleverness, discovering hidden clues and making deductions (old fashioned stuff?) rather than a mere relaying of events. This tells a tale about a nasty criminal, what he did and why, and what happens to him, but there is no 'detecting' and no puzzle solving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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