Blind Spot (A John Handful Novel Mystery)

The John Handful Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: R.E.Harter
Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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When a body is found at the foot of a cliff, the local Suffolk Constabulary calls in their consulting lateral thinking detective to help. There are many unanswered questions. Why did a man with impaired vision use a dangerous path as a route to work? If he did use the path every day, no matter what the weather, how come he suddenly fell? With plenty of red herrings and twists to keep the listener guessing.

Blind Spot: A Bell Rings - A Rope Breaks - A Man Dies.

©2017 Andrew Hixson (P)2019 Andrew Hixson

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A fun short mystery

A good start to a fun mystery story. Good narration. It was a fun listen.

This book was provided free for review, however, the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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A fun listen!

This was a fun story to listen to. It felt a little like a Sherlock Holmes novel. The audio had a few small spots that were a little weird and I found it odd that the narrator said the name of the book at the start of every chapter. Other then that it was great!

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I am there

I just loved this book for one thing it was like I was home again in Nova Scotia. I could actually close my eyes and see the blue gray rolling seas. This book is the best I’ve ever read or listen to. I look forward to reading more of the John Handful mysteries and I would recommend these books to one and all.

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Nice cozy mystery

Nice little cozy mystery. The detective is like-able, along with the other characters in the book. My favorite part is his nice relationship with his wife.

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Great Mystery

This was my first book by this author. I found the mystery interesting and would love to read more by this author. The narrator was amazing and really made the listen for me. I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Enjoyable logic puzzle

This book reminded me of a logic puzzle game. My favorite part of the book was listening to the main character solve a secondary crime with logic amazing his audience. I also enjoyed learning about the characters. I would love to read more of these books.

I also really liked the narrator. The character of his voice fit the part.

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Short, but a great start

As a disclaimer, I was offered a copy of this book for the sake of an honest review.

The first of Andrew Hixson's John Handful Mysteries serie does a good job to present the main character and narrator, a private detective from London who moved to the Suffolk area of Oxmarket in recent years.

Having listened to the rest of the serie, I can say that the personality of this astute detective remains consistent and a delight to follow. This book is a little on the short side, but provides a pleasant puzzling case.

R.E. Harter's narration was vivid and lively, and was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Calowaren
  • 12-19-19

Worth a listen but needs a better narrator

This short story is a good start to a series with an interesting and well written plot. The main character works well but he seems to do more work than the police, who called him in before they even tried to solve the mystery/crime themselves.

I solved the main mystery much quicker than John Handful though so I kept waiting for him to catch up. Also, there was too much description of the sky & sea than was necessary as well as the completely unnecessary cookery lesson detailing how to make breakfast. That seemed like nothing more than space filler and I half expected to be told about the pattern on the plates and how many mouthfuls of scrambled eggs they each ate.

I have to wonder why John's girlfriend is always introduced as Kimberley Ashlyn Gere. Is it ever normal to introduce people with all their first names? Surely just Kimberley Gere would be more natural. Nobody introduces the Black Widow actress as Scarlett Ingrid Johansson or the Game of Thrones star as Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke do they? I actually thought it was a hyphenated surname at first.

I'm not too keen on the narration much as the performer often seems to be shouting his conversations for no apparent reason and while one character states he's not yet an octogenarian, the performer often sounds like exactly that. Also his pronunciation of some words made me cringe, such as Quay should be pronounced KEE not KWAY and Zoe is pronounced ZOH + EE not ZOH, at least in British english. Maybe it's a regional thing but it's not normal.

I'm still keen to try other books in the series as I've checked that other, hopefully better, narrators are used.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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  • deafmick
  • 12-13-19

I have a lot of Andrew Hudson audio books that are all 5 out of 5