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A gruesome exhibit. A gallery of death. Can Inspector Drake stop the killer before he demonstrates his ghoulish skills again?

When the dead body of a woman is found on public display, the murder scene bears all the hallmarks of a famous work of art. DI Ian Drake knows he is dealing with a very creative and intelligent killer - one who enjoys having their work showcased for all to see.

As more murders take place, each copying a famous work of art, Drake faces a murderer who always seems to be one step ahead. And when one of the suspects is revealed to be his own brother, the pressure mounts. This case just got very personal.

The art world is small, but the murderer's ego is too big to hide forever. Drake knows he is getting closer to unmasking the culprit, but can he stop the killer before their grand finale - and a very public murder?

Can he catch the killer and avert more deaths?

Dead on Your Feet is the fourth book in the dynamic Inspector Drake crime series. If you like police procedurals, clever mysteries, and gripping thrillers, then you’ll love Stephen Puleston’s Ian Drake novels.

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Best book in the series, just keeps getting better

The review explains the storyline. DCI Drake suffers from OCD. I like authors who trust their readers. He did not insult our intelligence by explaining his characters. Little mannerisms are scattered throughout the book reminding us of his condition but no explanation needed, we know our detective. Two new detectives are added to the team, both quite adequately replaced the two who moved on. Drake's personal family problems are scattered throughout, making him human, but once again the author does not waste time rewriting explanations the fan of the series already knows. Good mystery, great ending.

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Not one of his best...

why must all of the women sound in thier dotage? The story was a bit bland.

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Murder as Art

I loved this story.
As with all of the Inspector Drake stories, the police work is impeccably reported and there's more than enough suspense to keep you thoroughly engrossed, but this time it's the tale of the quirky, eccentric local arts world an the thoroughly twisted predator who is stalking its denizens that really captures your interest. I found myself hating to leave it until I figured out who the killer was and why they were murdering all those people - and in that particular way.
Another great read from a continually reliable author.

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Great Mystery

This us the second Inspector Drake novel I have listened to by narrator Richard Elfyn. British murder mysteries appear more menacing and suspenseful to me. The setting for this book is in Wales including Welsh dialog which is unique. The twists and turns in this book and British ismswould be difficult for anyone unfamiliar with the meanings.

Inspector Drake had some family secrets uncovered which complicated his pursuant ofthe case. Richard is able to provide varying gender voices, accents and emotions of the characters. I enjoyed this book.

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not my type

Profanity is frequent. violence also. I could not finish it. "macabre scene" is true. Lacking in imagination to take a phrase from it.

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A thrilling murder mystery

Dead on your Feet is a thrilling murder mystery in Wales about an “artist” serial killer. This is perhaps my favorite book in the series so far. It’s a bit violent and depressing, so reader discretion is advised.

The narrator of the book is the same narrator who does the other books in the series. I think he does a good job.

I received a complementary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Inspector Drake is back with a perplexing case.

Stephen Puleston’s Inspector Drake stories are beginning to become my guilty pleasure. While I enjoy police procedural stories, Inspector Drake reminds me of an amalgam of several detectives form various movies throughout my life - he is an astute investigator, an excellent detective, and has so many character flaws that he is just like every normal human wandering the streets. Dead on Your Feet finds Drake investigating murders staged to look like works of art. Along with investigating the murders he is informed of a family secret that could be a major distraction to the investigation. Mr. Puleston adds in enough twists and turns to give you whiplash as you follow Drake and hi team in their pursuit of the murderer. Richard Elfyn’s narration brings each character to life and makes you feel like you are watching all these events unfold before your eyes.

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Awesome Find

I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Never a dull moment.
Looking forward to listening to more by Puleston.

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Awesome audio book

I was lucky enough to have gotten a free audio book code from the author. I am volunteering to leave this review. Fantastic book plenty of twist and turns that will keep you guessing.

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Story needs more suspects

I wish the author would have added 20 more suspects so I could have justified buying my own white board to keep track of them all.

The highlight however was the narration. Seldom will you laugh so much listening to a murder mystery. The narrator had great fun with female voices.


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  • NM
  • 10-20-19

Didn’t quite hit the spot this time

Hmmmm...not sure I’d listen to another Drake instalment on audible. Can’t quite put my finger on why.
Having read the first three, which I thoroughly enjoyed and don’t get me wrong I liked this one too, however, it did not have the impact of the others. A clever story line but a little long drawn out for my liking. Sorry.

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  • Steve
  • 06-07-21

Another cracking thriller as usual

This is a very good thriller, to be expected from this fine author. A dark, gritty and slow starting one that builds to the perpetrator being captured. I certainly enjoyed listening to this as I have the others. Roll on the next one. Highly recommended listen.

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  • Mrs. J. R. Riley
  • 05-07-21

Excellent story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially as I know the area where the crimes took place. There were lots of twists and turns but with Drakes superior handling all the murders were solved and the culprit got his just reward

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  • Richard
  • 03-29-21

Excellent book

Another excellent book by Stephen Puleston, I really liked listening to this book being read. The pronunciation of the different places brought you into the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-17-21

Excellent Audio Book

Stephen Puleston has done it again.. Another excellent Di Drake book. Can be read alone or read in order. The narration is great by Richard Elfyn. This time the great detective has to discover why people connected in the art world are being targeted. His job is not made easier with family problems and new members of staff in the unit. A great read or listen.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 04-21-20

Plenty of artsy suspects

Note: Even though this is Book 4 in the series, it works as a stand alone.

Drake continues to astonish. I just love this series. I was a little worried that the tale wouldn’t be the same without his sidekick (who was on maternity leave), but the plot and characters all still worked well. He has to balance his personal life with his work life and that is tough in the best of times. His wife Sian and him are having a trial separation, and his young daughters Megan and Helen live with their mother. Toss in a surprise relative, and Drake is in deep water. He flounders on the family front but I still root for him.

Meanwhile, the police have a clever killer on their hands, someone who is using shock value and social media video clips, which puts the police under a huge amount of stress. I loved the mess of artsy suspects in play and the maniacal killer’s reasons for doing as he did. It was a delicious, twisted mystery for Drake and his team to solve.

Sara is Drake’s new partner and she’s always neat and tidy. She’s also clever and I think Drake will be letting her handle more on her own as the series progresses. She’s quick to pick things up. Meanwhile, Lynette, another new addition to the team, is working with the other guy…. I always forget his name. He’s oblivious & usually says insensitive things. In this tale, he is also a bit lazy not treating his assigned tasks with the attention they deserve. And that leaves an opportunity for Lynette to shine – and she does.

All together, it was a very good addition to the story. I love the bits of Welsh and how the British police make it work with the Welsh population. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Richard Elfyn is just such a joy to listen to. He has done this series justice with each and every book and this one is no exception. Elfyn nails Drake’s voice. All his voices are distinct and his female voices are feminine. His voice for Lynette was a little rough on my ears but perhaps she is supposed to have a slightly grating voice? The recording is perfect – no technical errors. 4.75/5 stars.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 03-01-20

Murder in the art world.

This was another enjoyable listen from Stephen Puleston. It didn't matter that I had jumped from #3 to #5, missing out #4 - Drake's relationship status is a little different, but otherwise he's the same thorough police officer, dealing with his personal issues in his own inimitable fashion.
Again the narration was by the excellent Richard Elfyn, with his wonderful Welsh accent, saving me from murdering the names of the places and mispronouncing the characters.

This murder case had art as its theme, a rare bonus for me; I think I have only read one other novel centred around art and I loved that one too. The murder victims are presented to represent a famous art installation, such as Tracy Emin's Unmade Bed. Drake and his new sidekick, DS Sara Morgan, must find a motive amongst several suspects within the local art world, before more bodies are found.

I liked DS Sara Morgan, she was a good foil for Drake, unlike her predecessor, who I found too much of a stark opposite.
Drake also begins to learn of the hidden life of his recently deceased father, and is introduced to an unknown half brother. He continues to struggle with the separation from his wife and daughters, a sad fatality of the life of a dedicated police officer.

I'm sure this series is excellent in book form, but I am finding the narration adds another level to the novels and I'm looking forward to the next episode.

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  • Carol B
  • 10-17-19

A Great Listen

Inspector Drake novel the one that suffers from OCD and is very meticulous and is now separated from his wife but still sees his 2 girls when he has the chance, and now a new case is another one of those where he promises one thing and cannot commit, and the girls suffer yet again, and this case does have him stumped as it's quite a gruesome murder and the murderer as shown this as an art exhibition, like a painting. As always they do not stop at one and each murder is exhibited as works of art The killer does have him running around and frustrated but slowly and methodically Drake gets there in the end. On a personal note, I do not think this was one of Puleston's best works but still, a good read/listen, Listening instead of reading is a good experience and the narrator Richard Elfyn was superb

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  • Angie
  • 10-16-19

Enjoyable

I found this crime story fast paced and exciting. This is the second book in the series I have listened to and will be downloading the other books. I enjoy the main character and like seeing how he juggles solving crimes, his broken marriage and spending time with his daughters.

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  • jhanami
  • 10-16-19

Great series, wonderful narration!

This is the fourth instalment in a series that goes from strength to strength and probably my favourite so far. DCI Drake is doing much better without his wife who I never really warmed to, the murders are gruesome and sinister, the story is as ever cleverly plotted and well paced and the whole thing is simply one of my favourite crime series on audio - Richard Elfyn does wonderful accents, but especially his soft Welsh lilt is beautiful to listen to and gives the story a wonderful sense of place and atmosphere.
Excellent stuff!

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  • Dannisa
  • 09-15-20

Loving this series

I am really enjoying the series. Inspector Drake is a very believable character with a few quirks that make him very human.