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Publisher's Summary

A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting.

When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. 

Detective Sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he has a murder case to contend with.

Detective Inspector Sam Brock has a new recruit to take under his wing, and he's determined this one isn't going to die. As if that wasn't enough of a headache, his wife is coming home and may be on the verge of discovering the lie he's been telling her. 

Newly paired duo Brock and Poole must track down the killer before more lives are lost.

©2018 A.G. Barnett (P)2018 Tantor

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Very enjoyable book.

This is extremely entertaining. Some of the things make you laugh out loud. The ending took me by surprise.

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Likeable characters given a subtle life

I think the narrator's gift for subtle voice changes really helps this cozy mystery. The change of tone he uses is perfect to indicate the change in character, look forward to hearing his work again.
Also truly enjoyed the story and will look into reading (or listening to) more Brock and Poole.

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I think I bought this in a two for one sale.

I think I bought this in a two for one sale. A short story that had a few twists and turns but did not require a lot of concentration. It's an easy listening book that I put in my second tier and would not look for another one from this author.

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Reads like an old fashioned who-dunnit

I’ve been a fan of the classic mystery since I was a kid. Christe, Tey, Marsh, Stout. And wile I also enjoy the modern police procedurals and all, there is still something about the older stories that seems to be lacking.

This first “Brock and Pool” seems to be in the tradition of those classic authors. Now, I’m not claiming perfection - AG Barnett is not Agatha Christe, and there are some holes and leaps of deduction in the story. But not too many to make it enjoyable. If Barnett stays with this formula, these books will end up as favorites.

The performance is outstanding. The reader differentiates the characters, and his range of accent and tone is really great. Between a good story, outstanding characters (so far being developed slowly but with excellent back-stories), a marvelous ‘tone’ and the excellent performance, I recommend to anyone looking for the old fashioned who-dunnit of times past.

Looking forward to the next one.

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Promising start

This was the first of a series and it certainly left me wanting to try the next book. Likeable but flawed characters, a picturesque English village, a murderer on the loose.... just my cup of tea. If you enjoy shows like Midsomer Murders, you may just like this book.
As for the narration, fantastic. Really, really good. Occasionally Brock's accent drifted into Poole's lines and vice versa but not so much as to really annoy. I would not hesitate to listen to other books by this narrator.

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An occupied plot

I found this to be a very predictable story with characters whom are two dimensional at best. It is tiring to read of unprofessional police officers who carry out the most childish of pranks, or others who deliberately call colleagues by an incorrect name. Unless this book is meant for young adult, or even teen readers, that kind of foolishness should be left behind. The driving subplot is poorly, and very haltingly told. So, if you want an obvious plot, unsatisfactory subplot, and weak characters this is the book for you. I was hoping to find a new series to follow, but I have no desire to read any more entries in this series.
The narration of Nigel Patterson is considerably better than the story he tells.

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Amazing Performance

The story is enjoyable. But the performance was exceptional. Typcal detective stories with typical detectives. Good enough to keep you listening.

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Great!

England, law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation, conspiracy, procedural, relationships, family-dynamics, framed, friendship*****

Definitely a character driven mystery, and the characters certainly are. But it's also a good procedural with exceptional due diligence. The publishers blurb is a good hook, so no need for recap or spoilers. Very good read!
Nigel Patterson showcases his talents by differentiating the characters, and his range of accent and tone is really great.

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Great read!

Great mystery! The reader has an awesome voice and the story is developed well. Would read again.

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pretty good semi short murder mystery.

A lot like a Midsummer Mystery TV episode. Lots of people dying. A decent narrative. But way too much having to be explained at the end.

But I will listen to the next book in the series.

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  • George
  • 01-23-20

At least there’s no foul language .

This really is poor , just so many cliches , how this non event ever made it into being published is beyond belief , I’ve given it two stars for the fact that there is no foul language, it’s just a waste of time and money .

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 01-05-20

A Great Story Which Would have Benefitted from a Redraft

I really enjoyed this story; the characters were relatable, the plot was good. I’d definitely look out for more books by this author. The only thing I’d say is that it would have been a fantastic story if it had a redraft; at times the dialogue is stilted and unrealistic, and there is a bit of over explaining which was a shame.

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  • Mrs C Winborne
  • 12-11-20

A good murder mystery

A good story to listen to whilst doing jobs! It kept me engaged, despite not listening every day.

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 11-02-20

enjoyable

I found the first couple of chapters very misleading I wasn't sure if I was reading a comedy book or a thriller however with perseverance I got into the the grit of the book and thoroughly enjoyed it very light reading just right for doing odd jobs around the house as I listened looking forward to the next book

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  • 05-16-21

Good start to a series

Likeable characters who have lots of room to develop as the series progresses. A good mystery set in an English village full of eccentric characters.

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  • L. Sadler
  • 07-30-20

Really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book, typical British whodunit, very well narrated. I've already bought the second and third in the series and am waiting for the fourth to become available on audio too.

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  • 03-23-19

Really good mystery

The plot was good, interest held. I enjoyed the narrator's voice. a few good twists.