A Lesson in Dying

Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Series: Inspector Ramsay, Book 1, Inspector Ramsay Series, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn.

Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

©1990 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Flint
  • 09-07-17

I didn't think I would like this book, but it surprised me.

I enjoyed this book, it took me a long time to get into it and it was hard to keep track of all the characters but it was worth persisting. It's a good story with a number of twists and turns in the plot and interesting characters. I don't think it's as good as her other books, but I would recommend it.

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  • ChrisH
  • 06-15-17

good story

a good story well read .

I did guess the murder about half way through but still worth listening to the end

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  • J Whitfield
  • 09-07-17

Not the best Ann Cleeves

Disappointing is the word to describe this book. Very one dimensional characters leaves you not caring about any of the group of characters.

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  • Le Grand Fromage
  • 02-24-18

A Lesson Excellent Story Telling

This story pulls you in at every turn, seeming deceptively simple the plot is complex and intriguing throughout. And the narration captures the mood in a way that keeps you rooting for every character. That and an unexpected end makes this one of the really brilliant “who done it” novels.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-16-17

Not to my taste

Disappointed with waffly start and voice of reader. Just could not go on with it.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 12-29-17

sending this one back

Love the Vera books but I can't get into this Inspector Ramsey book at all. I'm afraid its being returned.

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  • Bannell
  • 01-01-20

Guess the ending

A really good story one full of twists and turns with a big surprise at the end.

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  • Jan D
  • 08-05-19

Very dull and disappointing

I'm a big fan of Ann Cleaves but this is awfully dull, not helped by the downbeat narration, my advice is give it a miss.

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  • Linda
  • 06-14-19

Plods along nicely

After buying this - I realised I'd stupidly read the book sometime ago. Still, it was very well read and like all Ann Cleeves books told a perfectly good tale. This series may not be as good as some of the others but its still worth a credit if you're at a bit of a loss for what to listen to next.

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  • Lucy Anne Barber
  • 04-13-19

the title intrigued me

I enjoyed this bookvery much. Narrated beautifully, believable. kept me guessing until the end. perfect.

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  • Kirsten Forrester
  • 09-01-17

Great everything

I loved everything about this book. The narrator was really good also. I haven't come across an Ann Cleeves book that I haven't liked.

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  • soo jay
  • 05-24-19

I am a huge fan of Ann Cleeves but ...

I found this book pretty average for an Ann Cleeves. It just seems never to get out of first gear, the characters are a rather charmless lot and nothing exciting happens. There is little of the sense of place this author is usually so good at. I had to push myself to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-17

easy listening

enjoyable listening, I would read another of her books the story was read well too