A Time to Kill

Inspector Drake, Book 5
Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
Series: Inspector Drake, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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A missing person.

Investigating the disappearance of a local antiques dealer, Harry Jones, is not high on DI Ian Drake’s priority list. He has more important things to spend his time on than looking for a man who has probably just walked out on his wife. Until they find Harry’s dead body. Shot at close range and dumped like rubbish.

Drake knows they are dealing with a cold-blooded killer.  

But the valleys of Snowdonia are an unlikely place for a murderer to hide out and Harry an unlikely victim. As the investigation unfolds, Drake discovers a web of intrigue surrounding Harry and his business links with the criminal underworld.    

A killer hidden in plain sight. 

When another murder takes place that strikes at the heart of the community, Drake is convinced the killer lies closer to home. And when two key witnesses disappear, Drake faces a race against time to bring the killer to justice, before he strikes again…   

©2018 Stephen Puleston (P)2019 Stephen Puleston

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Compelling Listen!

Stephen Puleston has created a compelling character of Inspector Drake. A Time to Kill pulled me in with its twists and turns. One murder on top of another domino effect. So many suspects and motives, I was intrigued to guess the culprit. Well done to the author for keeping me guessing. Richard Elfyn was perfect performing this book. He adds realistic emotions to his voice. I could hear who was speaking. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Just excellent series - better with each book

Note: Even though this is Book 5 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone story.

Yet another great mystery from Puleston! I’m in love with this series. It’s well written all around from characters to plot to setting. So I always know that when I pick up a DCI Drake mystery, I’m in for a good story.

In this one, our dead guy Harry Jones is a bit of a gigolo and everyone knows it. However, his wife Fiona is trying to maintain some semblance of decorum but that makes it harder for Drake, DS Sara Morgan, and their team to figure out who the killer is. At first, Drake thinks Jones just went off with his latest conquest but then his body is found.

I live in the USA and I found it very interesting to see how the people of Snowdonia react to handguns. There’s a small stash of ‘antique’ guns found, mostly from WW2. In the story, it’s a really big deal. I live on a small hobby farm in an open-carry state, and such a stash of handguns wouldn’t be unusual to find in any of the homes around here. Eventually, Drake has to call in the specially trained cops that are trained to use firearms. All of this made the story extra interesting to me as it’s a very different gun culture.

I’m not big on romance in general but I did smile a bit as Drake makes his tentative flirtations. Annie is something of a local historian. If a full blown romance doesn’t happen for these two, I hope they remain good friends. And since we’re gossiping about Drake’s private life, he’s got a little family drama going on with his sister. She doesn’t want to meet or even acknowledge their newly discovered half brother. But in such a tightly knitted, small community, Drake’s family will cross lines with his investigation. And that lead to an extra exciting ending. Drake races to rescue a family member as well as stop the fiend! 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Richard Elfyn as always was spectacular in his narration. I love the Welsh accent even though I have no idea how many of the Welsh words are spelled. Elfyn switches seamlessly from one regional accent to the next. The female characters sound feminine and the pacing was perfect. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 01-23-20

Death of an antiques dealer.

This is the 4th book in this series that I have read, (somehow I have missed No 5?) and each one has been better than the last. The combination between Stephen Puleston's writing and Richard Elfyn's narration is just perfect and this is one series that I will definitely continue.

Inspector Drake is an interesting character; he suffers with OCD and needs to keep repeating certain actions. This was a big factor of book 1 but now it simmers gently in the background and forms a part of his character, rather than being an overwhelming part of the book. I can't help but think it might be a good symptom for a police officer in many ways. He's a likable guy and it was nice to see him enjoying a bit of female company after the separation from his surly wife earlier on in the series.

Antiques dealer, Harry Jones is murdered early on in this episode, and there is no obvious reason for his death. Drake and his new sidekick, Sergeant Sara Morgan work well together to follow clues and unearth evidence. I definitely liked the character of Sara more than his previous partner, who was messy and too much of a contrast to Drake. I hope she decides to become a full time mum and Drake can stick with Sara.

I don't want to give too much away, so I shall finish with a quick word of praise for Richard Elfyn, the narrator, who brings the area of Wales alive with his beautiful soft Welsh accent. Goodness knows what names I would allocate to those unpronounceable places and people, without his help.

Now I need to step backwards in time and listen to book 4.

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  • Simon
  • 01-03-20

Brilliant book

This is the fifth book in the DI Drake series, and it really helps if you have read at least one of the previous four as the characters backgrounds are built on from previous novels, plus they are brilliant books.

The main character in this book is DI Drake, who suffers from OCD, which has affected his family life so much that he is now separated and has lost custody of both his children, and also affects his job as well.  I though this aspect of his life was dealt with very well and sympathetically dealt with and the way he does his job works very well alongside his condition.

This book also has a new DS, Sara Morgan, who works really well alongside him and helps brilliantly throughout to help solve the murders.

The descriptions of the area where the book is based are done so well that you can almost imagine you are standing alongside them all.

The story itself revolves around the murder of an antiques dealer, and his links with the criminal underground.  The story was a brilliant read, which kept me guessing right to the end and made me want to read the next one.

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  • Carol B
  • 12-21-19

Well Thought Out

Very methodical, usual police procedure, and can be a bit long drawn at times. The story without giving too much away is about the death of an antique dealer found shot. As it is a local person, D.I.Ian Drake is the lead detective with a bit of OCD about him is on the case and believes a killer is also a local person. With all police work, it's getting to know the victim very well and who he could have upset along the way, and in this case most of the inhabitants of the village. The area has been well described and as I have not been to that part of Wales I cannot confirm if it is correct but the author does come from there, and the area does sound very tempting to visit. I have read a novella by Stephen Puleston and that was very good but short, and again the area well presented. It is typically British and well thought out will certainly read this author again

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  • NM
  • 12-15-19

Struggled a little with the complexity

I follow this series and have listened to two and read the some. I think I prefer to read them. Whilst the storyline was good, I struggled to keep up with the complexity of it and often became distracted with yet another aspect to the case. So switched off mentally and then lost the thread.
What I did like was the development of the character on a personal level and was pleased with his journey after separating from his wife as the demands of his job and his dedication to it were the final nail in the coffin of his marriage.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 12-10-19

An enjoyable read

I was looking forward to the next instalment of Inspector Drake and was not disappointed. A cleverly constructed plot, great characters and an unexpected ending. To add to that Drake seems to be coming to terms with his OCD and a new romance is on the cards. A really enjoyable read.

The audio book is narrated superbly by Richard Elfyn.

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  • jhanami
  • 12-08-19

Getting better and better

I suspect at this point Richard Elfyn could be reading out his dental health records and I would happily listen to it, I love all the accents he does but particularly his beautiful Welsh lilt. The Drake series has been a firm favourite from the start and is getting better and better with every volume and the atmospheric Welsh scenery just makes for a perfect setting. I love the character of Drake and with his annoying wife out of the picture finally some good things happen for him. Oh, and then there’s a murder or two to solve of course!
I’d say it works as a stand-alone, especially because there’s some new characters joining the cast for this one, but I’d recommend to start at the beginning - it’s well worth it! Great series!

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  • Steven
  • 12-05-19

A time to kill

I'm almost running out of praise for this series to be honest, this is yet another cracking story that I raced through in 2 days. Drake is a reY great character and I'm enjoying the relationship building with his new DS as well as his interactions with the other members of his team. the plot of suitably complex with lots of red herrings and although I thought I'd guessed the murderer long before the end, I was absolutely wrong! another fabolous narration by Richard Elfyn, for me, he is inspector Drake.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 12-04-19

Excellent

As my past Reviews of these books show I have a major soft spot for Drake. This book does not let me down.
Stephen Puleston has created a great character here & I can’t help but feel there is so much more to Drake and his team.
This time there is a disappearance and shooting, extra rare event in this quiet town.
Narrator as always great & engaging. Looking forward to more

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  • Iain Hart
  • 11-22-19

Another great addition

Can you believe this is book 5?

So welcome back to another case with our old friend DI Ian Drake and team

It still amazes me 5 books in how much of a dangerous place the windswept landscape of wales is, and fortunately for us , this story is no different.

Again I am captivated by the cover art of this book, it’s beautiful yet haunting, leaves me feeling like something isn’t quite right. I take my hat off to the artist who once again as absolutely nailed it.

It seems that not even selling antiques in wales isn’t a safe occupation anymore as we discover, but as with all good British crime thrillers , there is so much more to it.

The team dynamic is coming together in this book as the new members fit in to the existing team members, it’s believable how they each discover things they like and things They dislike about each other

I enjoy Stephen Puleston’s writing style it’s detailed yet his stories are easy to follow but full of grit and drama, a winning combination.

And DI drake, grows as a character every book at first I thought that his routines defined him, but 5 books in I am so pleased he is finally conquering them and even perhaps living his best life.

I am pleased to welcome back Richard Elfyn as golden voiced narrator, who once again hits all those unpronounceable welsh place names perfectly, without loosing any of the grittiness and suspense of the story..

I am happy to say 5 books in this series shows no signs of loosing any of its balls, and goes from strength to strength and that in its self is a testament to the brilliant team of Stephens writing and Richards excellent narrating.

I can’t recommend this series enough, British doesn’t get any better than this, make your ears happy, give them Ian Drake.

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  • Sweetpea
  • 11-18-19

Thrilling police procedural

Stephen Puleston’s Inspector Drake series gets better and better. I love these books, set in North Wales. The characters are developing well and as usual the story is littered with a variety of suspects and red herrings.
This book centres around the town of llanberis, and the murder victim is a dodgy antiques dealer who has links to local criminals . He also has an eye for the ladies. Lots of people would like to see harry Jones dead. Inspector Drake is just getting to grips with this murder when another murder takes place, then a third. Can they all be linked? Drake faces a race against time when he realises a fourth person could be in danger.
I particularly enjoy listening to these books as Richard Elfyn is a superb narrator. His extensive range of accents is impressive, but his beautiful lilting Welsh accent is so evocative of the area.