• Death in Focus

  • Elena Standish, Book 1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (402 ratings)

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Death in Focus

By: Anne Perry
Narrated by: Susan Lyons
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In the start of an all-new mystery series set in pre-World War II Europe, an intrepid young photographer carries her imperiled lover's final, urgent message into the heart of Berlin as Hitler ascends to power.

On vacation from London on the beautiful Italian coast, 28-year-old Elena Standish and her older sister Margot have finally been able to forget some of the lasting trauma of the Great War. Touring with her camera in hand, Elena has found new inspiration in the striking Italian landscape, and she's met an equally striking man named Ian. Not ready to part from one another, she and Ian share a train trip home to England. But a shocking murder disrupts their agenda, forcing Elena to personally deliver a message to Berlin that could change the fate of Europe. 

Back home, Elena's diplomat father and secretive grandfather - the former head of MI6, unbeknownst to his family - are involved in their own international machinations. Working behind the scenes as Elena tries to complete her mission on the ground, they interfere with a crucial political rally for one of Germany's most outspoken fascists. With Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich on the rise, and Elena caught in the middle of an international incident, anyone she encounters might be part of a deadly plot. 

In the first novel of a riveting new series by best-selling author Anne Perry, family secrets merge with suspense on the world stage, and Elena learns that, in these complicated times, no one can be trusted, and she must learn to rely only on herself.

©2019 Anne Perry (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Wow I want to hear more!

I am a huge fan of Anne Perry’s although some of her books are not as satisfying as others. This one did not disappoint. It was exciting until the very end with twists and turns I did not foresee. I can’t wait for the next installment of Elena Standish’s story in the lead up to World War II.

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Anne Perry Channels Alfred Hitchcock

I was eager to listen to the first book of Anne Perry's brand new series, having listened to most of her other series. This new book with its female protagonist reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock film, think Alex Hannay in the 39 Steps, where an innocent person is unwittingly sucked into a drama they have no knowledge of and has to wend their way through despite what happens to them.
Having read Pitt and Monk and the World War I books, I was pleasantly surprised by this book - Elena is a refreshing character, an innocent, unlike Hester who nursed in the Crimea and Charlotte who "married beneath her station". I love that Perry is creating new characters and new series in a different time, and I'm ready for the next Elena Standish book.

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Promising beginning to a new series

Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors although I have definite preferences for some of her series over others. This one looks like a potential winner for me. Interesting family dynamics, complex relationships, and of course the intrigue of the. Leading up to the second world war. I look forward to the next entry!

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Stretches Credulity

So many facts are wrong. One does not travel through Belgium to get to Berlin from Paris, not even in 1930. Further, the “damsel in distress” scenario is confusing and asks the reader to believe that Eleanor can go from being soaked in blood of a man she loved one day to blithely photographing a book burning the next without blinking an eye or any discernible emotional distress. I could go on. What a disappointment from an author who should have known better.

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don't ever use this narrator again.. she's probably talented in other areas , but not as a narrator .

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Insufferable narration

Ms Lyons delivers a particularly dreary and tedious tone and cadence to a novel already weighted by minutiae. I will studiously avoid audible books featuring her narration .

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The ending saved it.

This story moved very slowly. the narrator droned on. The end was a surprise.

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Refreshing new work from Anne Perry

I have read all of Anne Perry's books. Her writing was getting stale. But this book has showed a refresh writing style.

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International Intrigue and Magnetic Mystery

A new interesting character from the wonderful, prolific pen of Anne Perry. Could not put this fast-paced mystery that carries us across limping,- recovering WWI , war torn Europe. Facing the challenges of diplomatic espionage, our heroine blunders into not one but, well , several assassination plots. This is as is her usual, a well written, worth your read, book.

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Too Over The Top

I do not recommend this first novel of a new series by Ann Perry. It completely missed the mark for good entertainment and believability. The writing is often trite.

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