• Grimm Up North

  • A DCI Harry Grimm Crime Novel
  • By: David J. Gatward
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Edinburgh has Rebus.
The Highlands have Logan.
Now Yorkshire has Grimm....

Welcome to Wensleydale, where the cheese is famous, the scenery beautiful, and the locals have murder on their minds....

Detective Chief Inspector Harry Grimm is forced to take leave from Bristol’s Major Investigations Team when his boss, tired of Harry chasing the ghost of his murderous father, sends him north on secondment.

Used to city life and high stress, Harry fears his life will now be spent handing out speeding tickets, finding lost sheep, and directing tourists. But when a local teenager runs away, Harry finds himself pulled into an investigation much worse than anyone could have ever expected.

The nicer the place, the darker the secrets. Wensleydale is beautiful, everyone is friendly and welcoming, and people just don’t get murdered...do they?

A classic fish-out-of-water crime mystery set in the stunning and evocative scenery of Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.

Grimm Up North is the terrific debut crime novel from award-winning author David J. Gatward. Perfect for fans of L. J. Ross, J. D. Kirk, Simon McCleave, Alex Smith, J. M. Dalgliesh, J. E. Mayhew, and J. R. Ellis.

©2020 david j gatward (P)2022 david j gatward

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An enthralling and entertaining new mystery series

I never knew a cop crime novel or police procedural could be so entertaining! I love this audiobook, and I can’t wait to plunge into the next one. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes mysteries set in the English countryside. There is some violence and a few bloody details, but just enough to describe the situation (not too much). There is some swearing, but it feels natural for emphasis.

This contemporary mystery story is realistic and a little gritty while still having some dry British humor, a fish out of water detective, a vivid cast of supporting police characters, and a nail-biting mystery. I am very impressed with the author’s ability to describe the setting and to create such a likable, flawed, and intelligent protagonist, Harry Grimm. He has a traumatic past, a temper, a rather grumpy nature, and is very rude to journalists. However, he is also a good guy at heart and wants to protect regular people from danger. Harry is sharp, resourceful, and always shows respect for people who respect him. He also has a sense of humor. Although the solving of the crime is collaborative like a police procedural, Harry is the star who does a little more crime-solving than the rest of the police team, so it is more of a cop mystery.

The high quality writing was flawlessly interpreted by the narrator Aubrey Parsons. The narrator’s gravelly voice with a Bristol accent for Harry Grimm contrasted beautifully with the array of Yorkshire accents and the single Scottish accent of the other colorful characters. The narrator’s pacing and comic timing was phenomenal. I felt like I was there with Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Harry Grimm and his new coworkers tracking down the culprit in Wensleydale. This is my first book I have experienced by David J. Gatward or narrated by Aubrey Parsons, and they make a fantastic team.

I requested and received a free audiocode from the narrator, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Accurate rendition of the obscenities in language.

No criticism of the narrator, the characterizations, or the plot.

The author accurately portrays the vulgarities, obscenities, and profanities that infuse everyday conversation in law enforcement.

It feels degrading when I am working with law officers. Unfortunately, I don't want to go home and experience it in what I read. That's a personal opinion that influenced my rating.

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Delightful moments, but uneven writing/narration

I bought this right away after reading a rave review posted in a FB group. The main feature of the rave review was that this was well-written. There are moments of brilliant writing, and the characters created are interesting, and the mystery was well-played. But, sometimes the writing tried more for a laugh at the expense of the story. Examples are the defecation description and when the very proper supervisor gave advice that wouldn't happen in real life. Also, there was a dip into horror with the very detailed description of the murder victim's injuries - totally unnecessary. The narration was decent, but maybe the sound equipment was subpar? Or was it the yelling written into the story that had to be quieted? The attempts at humor were ham-handed and sometimes it would have been better to not try so hard. This wasn't the well-written story that I had expected after reading the rave review. It has potential, and maybe another draft or two would have made this perfect.

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It's fun to read a first-in-new-series
mystery set in rural Great Britain. #1)
we need a different narrator #2) this Grimm cop has GOT to stop yelling.
We've got an interesting case here but it is terribly distracting that our Grimm cop is brand new to the area and spends a heck of a lot of time flopping around like a fish out of water. And YELLing. Thank goodness for the butcher/baker which wins our hearts-
except for that cake/cheese thing. I want to read book 2, this author will be improving quickly.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it!

New series for me. Overlooked it several times while searching for something to get me through while waiting for a few of my favorites to be published/recorded, so glad I took the chance on this one! First in the series, and all introductions and premises were laid out quickly. Loved Harry immediately!
Narration is excellent! Perfect voice for the characters and I think accents are done exceedingly well! The only reason for the 4 stars, rather than 5 for Storyline is that the mystery was easy to solve well before the reveal— but overall it is highly recommended and I have found a new favorite!

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Surprised by good reviews

Simple mystery, simplistic characters, and too much growling and yelling from the narrator—for my taste. Not a good use of a credit.

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A nice surprise

This was a pretty good whodunnit. Grimm is a tough cop who doesn’t mess around. His skills are many but he’s not thrilled with being up in the Dales. And yes I’d like to visit. Narrator was excellent.

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A good start

Grimm was mentioned in JD Kirk’s latest book so I had to find out more about him. I’m glad I did. I see many more stories with DCI Grimm in the Yorkshire Dales.

The audiobook was well narrated by Aubrey Parsons.

This book was a great introduction to the Dales for Grimm. A missing girl AND a murder both of which were uncommon in the area. And it was a great way for us to meet Harry Grimm. Very good!

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Wonderful

The book is funny, sometimes laugh out loud, well written and then serious. It is a real treat.

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Store brand storyline

I really wanted to like this book. And I might have if I didn't like some other series more. It felt a little like the store brand version of the DCI Logan books. Same characters-ish, down to the female pathologist.
I will probably listen to the second book just to make sure I'm not being too picky.

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  • Sadie
  • 01-12-21

Brilliant

As a northerner moving South, the opposite of DI Grimm it really hit a chord with me.

What got me hooked straight away was the description of Grimm's face, pure magic. No spoilers you need to experience it yourself.

Great storyline, fast paced, humorous and serious all simultaneously.

Wish the next were on on Audible but can't wait so switching to Kindle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-21

Cannot wait for more stories

This is the first time i have ever left a review. The narrator is superb, i really felt i was THERE..the characters are well written, i can relate very well to the close knit environment that is created throughout the story. Looking forward to the next stories.

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  • Jas
  • 01-15-21

Excellent

The two main characters in the story -Grimm and the landscape- are made to come alive. Enough is said of the other characters to make you speculate about their backstory and how they will interact with Grimm in the future. A really good listen. Looking forward to hearing more

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  • Claire
  • 01-08-21

Loved it!

Harry made me laugh out loud. He is a breath of fresh air. The pies and cakes sound scrumptious. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • BAR1
  • 01-08-21

Grimm Up North

I thoroughly enjoyed this first outing of Harry Grimm, it was exciting, fast paced and uproariously funny in places. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Azura S
  • 03-02-21

A Great Book

Really enjoyed this and I agree the Dales are amazing :-) I miss Yorkshire and it's not Grimm at all.

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  • Kath
  • 03-20-21

Grimm has arrived!

A great detective story with an unloveable lead you'll love!
It makes a change for authors to use real places and I could 'see' everything described so well it made me homesick, I could even taste the pie from Cocketts!
Great job David, I look forward to Grimm's next 'fairytale'.

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  • jane
  • 03-02-21

Enjoyed the Yorkshireness

Started off well but tailed off a bit. I know the area well so enjoyed the references.
would listen to the next one.

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  • Dave
  • 02-25-21

Best new detective?

Great balance between humour and grit, what a fantastic opportunity and environment for a new detective series 👍

Fans of the DCI Logan and Rebus series will love this material.

Diolch yn fawr iawn
Dai Gatward
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  • John Marsden
  • 02-26-21

Very Enjoyable Read

This is a superbly written and narrated debut crime novel from Mr Gasward, it is exciting edge of the seat stuff that keeps you entertained from page 1 to the very end. The characters are all well defined and Aubrey Parsons does his usual excellent job of voicing them individually. It is humorous in parts and serious in others. I loved Aubreys Dalesman accent for the people of Hawes, it wasn't over the top Yorkshire accent, to me it sounded just like our ex next door neighbour who was a true Dalesman. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel. *****
I was given a free copy of the book and have provided this honest review.

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  • Amanda
  • 07-02-21

Very enjoyable story

Grimm is a terrific listen, made excellent by the narration (pls stick with Aubrey!). Congrats to the author on their debut. Can’t wait for more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-22

so entertaining, excellent narration

great storyline and Harry is a great character, very amusing wit in the storytelling. recommend.

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  • Platykat
  • 09-07-22

Enjoyable with an unexpected ending

I’m looking forward to following more of Harry and his team. And I found myself having to get used to the narrators voice, but now I can’t imagine anyone else able to do justice to Harry and the people of Wensleydale. I won’t say much about the story at self, but as I said I’m hoping this is just the first of enjoyable journey with Harry and his team

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  • Tony Moon
  • 06-12-22

A lot of yelling

Not sure why the author or at least the reader thought that every word spoken by the main character was yelled or screamed. All a bit silly really.

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  • beatat
  • 01-25-22

Very slow pace

Well read, but really slow moving and verbose story. Not what I expected from a crime fiction.

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  • sleeman
  • 08-15-21

Good story, but..

Bad Christians, too easy. Bring on your Muslims baddies. All of you are cowards.