The story is mainly told by Maeve Kerrigan who is a strong character who though has great ambitions in the police force is a character who seems norma..Show More »l without major flaws which can often plague the main woman in a book.
This is not one of the better detective stories I have listened to recently. The plot is fairly predictable, nothing very interesting. It's a standard..Show More » whodunnit. I do not like the deliberately misleading introduction of Louise (if you listen to/read it, you'll understand what I mean). It's immature and lacks imagination on the writer's part. There is nothing here that makes me want to continue listening if this should become a series.
What I enjoyed least about this book is the narrator. The chair she is sitting in often creaks noticeably in the background. She has a bad habit of sucking in air between her teeth. Sometimes it could be appropriate to the dialogue, but at other times it's just annoying. Her portrayal of male characters is very distracting as her voice becomes extremely harsh-sounding and nasal. Right around the beginning of the second half it is obvious that she has a rather bad head cold and at times her voice becomes so scratchy that it I found myself actually clearing MY throat! I wanted to yell at her to take a drink of water! When this happens, I don't understand why they don't just stop recording and wait a few days for the reader to get better instead of pushing them until they are hoarse. Things like this are distracting to me and really detract from the listening experience. A narrator should be unobtrusive, in my opinion.
I wish I had saved the credit, but it isn't the worst I've listened to. It's just....meh. Save your credit unless you're desperate for Britcrime and have listened to everything else.
Ms. Coomes is an outstanding narrator and perfect for this story. Ms. Casey is a superb mystery writer and, in combination with Ms. Coomes story tell..Show More »ing this story comes alive. One aspect of the performance I did not care for was switching the character that Ms. Coomes is representing between Rob and Mave. There is no difference in the voice so it becomes distracting. It is hard to tell who Ms. Coomes is speaking for. I would prefer that the narrator sticks to representing one character.
I really do like Maeve Kerrigan and the team she works with as well as her romance with Rob. I do think Maeve is a little odd in that she doesn't tru..Show More »st Rob to really love her and even when DI Derwent is being nice, she doesn't really give him credit.
I WANT to listen to the last couple of books in this series. I REALLY hope Audible brings them SOON!!!!
The beginning of this book is the 20 year old cold case of the first girlfriend of DC Maeve Kerrigan's obnoxious superior,DI Josh Derwent. Maeve is a ..Show More »character I know well from the previous three books, but Josh is given an interesting background. These characters are all wonderfully tough and interesting. I wouldn't want to work with them but I certainly enjoy reading about them.
Two women have been murdered in their apartments. There were similarities between the murders which suggested that one man was involved, a man that they voluntarily allowed into their homes. Maeve becomes involved into the investigation into the murders, trapped between her charismatic, brilliant boss, the surprisingly sympathetic (at times) Dewent and the abrasive female DI, who is Dewent's senior.
I was almost becoming afraid that Audible was not picking up this type of police procedural, so it was with relief that I found myself so wrapped up in listening to this one. It did not keep me up all night, but I did become annoyed when I had to shut my audio off and attend to someone else.
High marks for the narrator as well. All in all an enjoyable package for those who enjoy a bit of grit with their suspense.
Not What I Was Expecting in the 5th Kerrigan Novel
I actually put this book down in the middle because I had convinced myself that I knew What was going to happen. I picked it up again because it was ..Show More »just the right length for a cold winter's drive. I was wrong. Casey came up with an interesting plot that I enjoyed listening to.
Cops are being killed. The unit that Maeve Kerrigan works in is brought in to deal with this unthinkable series of deaths.
I don't want to give anything away except to say expect the unexpected.