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When Nigel Baxter, a middle-aged married banker with an unremarkable past, is found dead in the bath of a plush hotel suite, his wrists slit, it looks as if he's taken his own life. At first. But when Detective Inspector Daniel Riley is assigned to the case, he soon realises all isn't as it first appears to be. When a postmortem shows Baxter was poisoned, Riley suspects foul play. And then there's the odd addition of a teddy bear left at the crime scene....

Struggling to come to terms with the loss of his fiancée, Rachel, in a freak motorcycle accident and the baby she was carrying inside her, Riley throws himself into the case in a bid to distract himself from his grief. And his infamous intuition is telling him something is off, really off on this one. With the help of his dedicated team, Riley begins to delve into Baxter's life and soon realises that the amenable family man has been indulging in the 'services' of some dubious websites, ones where young women hook up with older men in return for 'favours', and there's one woman in particular he'd like to speak to. A woman calling herself Goldilocks....

©2018 Anna-Lou Weatherley (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Ann D
  • 03-21-18

Great story!

I found this story completely absorbing. It raced along, with richly drawn characters and scenes of violence that were perfectly pitched (gruesome and grim, but not not gratuitously so and intelligently written). The character of Dan is very engaging and his narrative talks the reader/listener through the story throughout. There are some sloppy bits (e.g. a child psychiatry inpatient unit like this would have existed in the 60s, but certainly not in the 90s) and some things were repeated as if we had not already been told. This is why it has 4 stars, rather than 5. The narration was great, apart from the occasional mispronounced word (odd, because they are words that are in common usage. Hence, again, the 4 stars.

When I looked-up this author, I was frankly surprised that she wrote something of this calibre. Lets hope she writes a sequal that is this good.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 03-05-18

Good start to a new series

Liked this very much - good plot, strong characters and very well read. Like another reviewer I found it a refreshing change not to have a detective embroiled in hostility with the hierarchy back at base. As you are aware of the killer at the beginning there aren't many surprises in store but the storyline has been well thought out. I did think the ending was a little weak but don't let my view of that put you off, Dan Riley really is a good 'find' and I am very much hoping that this series will continue - when I had finished this listen I was very disappointed to find there wasn't another one ready to download!

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 03-03-18

Riley Promises an Interesting Ride to Come

You can really settle down with this one as DI Dan Riley chats away to you throughout what I would call a character-based thriller. He's highly personable and not imbued with any super-hero like qualities. Just a good, solid detective with of course a backstory and personal life that is just a little problematic and indeed tragic. He carries the story for the most part and I certainly wouldn't describe this as a police procedural, in fact I would go as far as to say that by modern day standards the plot is a little naive in that area.

Paired against him is as twisted a lady psychopath as you're likely to imagine, this is obvious from the very opening scene and the insights into her mind are rather less comfortable. Although it likely won't appeal to everyone the chatty style was something I enjoyed, it is compact and direct writing and the story held enough suspense to make it enjoyable listening throughout.

The narration by James Lailey fits the book like a glove, he imbued a lot of personality into Riley and delivered a chillingly matter of fact Goldilocks.

So, not one I'd suggest for people who prefer detailed procedural details but a very decent story with a lead character I felt considerable empathy with. Yet another series I'd like to have the time to follow!

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  • Anne
  • 05-08-18

Excellent

Excellent enjoyed immensely! Predictable but still good,narration good,when is the next one...Can't wait, reminded me of a Mark Billingham book.

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  • Caroline Munday
  • 03-10-18

Great Story x

i couldn't stop listening. i like Dan's honest character and that he's 'real'. i can't wait for the next book.

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  • Liz E.
  • 03-06-18

Superb!!!!

I liked it all ..... couldn’t stop listening!!! Predicted some parts but the intrigue was captivating......

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  • MRS
  • 05-11-18

VERY GOOD LISTEN

Looking forward to the next Dan Riley series.
Well written and kept me listening.
This is definitely worth 5 stars and I’m quite sad it’s finished!

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  • MsM
  • 08-18-18

An ok story but

The 3 bear concept was interesting. However, detective Riley comes across as confused and often exhibits a characteristics of a woman. He also comes across creepy at times. What is it with sniffing all his co-workers and all the talk about different smells all the time? It makes sense at the very beginning but it becomes a recurring theme that serves no purpose. He keeps making comments like “I sat in her chair and it was still warm” and “Yeah it would be good if you didn’t die on me if I dated you” All this does is make the character seem like a weirdo.

He also likes a dating profile because the woman talks about Louboutains...? Come on! I imagine that very few straight hot blooded men would prioritise Louboutains over looks. This part part could have done with more thought. Perhaps the author could have asked a few guys who do online dating as to what attracts them to a profile. (I doubt that any would have said Louboutains...)
I like stories with more pace. This story was almost like a chick-flick trying to be a thriller because of the writing style. It needed more sharpness and action in my opinion.
I didn’t like that detective Riley at times spoke to the reader and his droning whiney monologues. There was just too much of it. Everything reminded him of Rachel, and he whined on and on. Intermittently he made creepy comments about women he came across. So which one is it? If he is still so hang up on Rachel as the whining indicated, there's no way that he would even notice other women. The balance here was just off. Less whining would have meant that he was ready for something new.

On the other hand Goldie Locks as a character was much more interesting and I liked her more than metrosexual whiney detective Riley. Not sure if that’s good as I wouldn’t read/listen to any other Detective Riley story.
The narrator at times sounds like he’s making fun of the characters which doesn’t help.
I think if the author worked on adding more pace to the story and making detective Riley more masculine the books would be really enjoyable. As it is, it is one of the weirdest books I've listened to in a while.

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  • antonio jose quero pastor
  • 08-17-18

Awful!

The main character is a cop , his girlfriend, Rachel, was killed by a drunk driver a while ago but, unfortunately, she is present in every page of the book, in every thought of this cop...You will grow extremely tired of the constant references to Rachel. "She has opinions....Rachel had opinions too" "She is beautiful....like Rachel was" " ..that is what Rachel used to say". Half way the book I was going bonkers and started trying to guess what would be the next Rachel related comment:
"Rachel also used to brush her teeth"...."milk was also white when Rachel was still alive...." "look a cat....it has 4 legs....Rachel also had legs"
I am so sick of Rachel that I have stopped talking to the girl in the admin department because...yes, you guessed it...her name is Rachel....
It is a very boring, amateurish, repetitive book...."Rachel used to repeat herself quite a lot"...no wonder the price was reduced to £1.99..."Rachel bought a scarf once in a charity shop that was also £1.99!"
My recommendation is: Don't buy it (Rachel wouldn't have bought it)

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  • Viv H
  • 03-13-18

fabulous

totally loved this book, finished it in days. well read, great plot line. more please

5 of 6 people found this review helpful