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Killer Book Club

By: Gillian Pachter
Narrated by: Gillian Pachter
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  • Summary

  • Contains strong language and adult themes.

    The idyllic quiet of a picture postcard English village is shattered when a book club member is murdered by his former student and lover. 

    But why would anyone kill a retired English teacher, a pillar of his community? Perhaps the answer lies in the trail of writing that he, and his killer, left behind: diaries, poems and novels.

    Documentary maker Gillian Pachter lifts the lace curtain to reveal a secret wedding, sordid affairs, drug abuse and psychological torture. She enlists the help of James, a former student of the victim, to try and uncover the truth. Buried memories from James' school days provide the final piece of the puzzle, and unlock a dark episode from Gillian’s own past.

    A Vespucci, Big Light and Dorothy Street production for Audible. Executive Producer: Frank Spotnitz.

    This original podcast is 8 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep. 1: The Knot”.

    ©2021 Audible, Ltd (P)2021 Audible, Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: The Knot
    Sep 29 2021

    A tip-off from an old friend leads Gillian to seek the truth behind the murder of retired English teacher Peter Farquhar.

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    32 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Dark Circle
    Sep 29 2021

    Accompanied by James, a new acquaintance who seems to harbour secrets about the case, Gillian learns that the victim Peter is far more complex than he was depicted at court.

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    34 mins
  • Ep. 3: Truest Jest
    Sep 29 2021

    New information leads Gillian to question the prosecution’s narrative about killer Ben Field. She decides to use literary tools to unlock his motives.

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    32 mins

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Complex, Sad, Absorbing - non-objective review

Disclosure: I knew the victim of the murder described this podcast, I know the narrator/writer and I am briefly featured in a couple of episodes. So I am far from a casual listener and definitely bring my bias to this. Certainly, it was a very odd experience listening to it and suddenly hearing my voice, and the voices of old friends and teachers.

This is an absorbing, detailed and even handed account of a horrific crime, and the complex life of the victim, Peter Farquhar - teacher of literature, mentor, author and a man whose own long suppressed desires ultimately led to his own murder.

Pachter unravels a case that at the time was covered sensationally and superficially and tells the story of a life only partially understood even by those, like me, who thought we knew him well. There are times when you can feel the story-teller in her reach a little far, labor a little too hard to find meaning or draw conclusions where the truth is just messy and incomplete, but on the whole this does succeed in making a close reading of a man who, as a master of close reading himself, would have appreciated it.

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Author inserts self into story.

I didn't care for this style of presentation where the author is part of the story. But actually telling a different story. Don't recommend.

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Not worth the time

The author would not get out of the way. She kept inserting her own opinion and attitudes. She really ruined a good story.

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Disappointing

I kept waiting for this to get better and it never really did. Yes, there is an interesting story here of murder and mystery. But in my opinion it was dragged out and ended up being a let down! I felt like the author/narrator kept building up to some big climax but it kinda fizzled. Sorry I wasted my time on this one. DIdn’t have to be an eight episode podcasts 2 or 3 at best!

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Complete Trash.

Do not waste your time on this podcast. The first few episodes are bad enough. If you make it to episode 8 you will be disgusted, outraged and completely disappointed that Audible even has this on their site. Even the reaction the producer/ narrator has to the information of children being in what very much seems like a predator is disgusting.

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Really recommend!

This was the first podcast series I’ve listened to on audible and I loved it. I loved the female voice and the setting up of each characters. I loved how you remembered to remind us features about previously spoken about characters especially because that can become confusing when listening instead of reading!

I thought the narrators involvement would have been more drastic since she said it brought in some of her past but it wasn’t as significant and she head lined it at the start of the podcast first episode and then at the last episode.

It was a great piece absolutely smashed through it, very entertaining and a good voice to listen to - unlike many other crime series that send you right to sleep (and not in a good way). I disagree with a comment I saw that said it could have been two episodes. Completely absolutely disagree. There was so much to it that it needed all the episodes to build up who everyone was and the significance of every detail and twist and turn and background and foreground!!! It really put you there and you are able to construct such a clear picture of where everything is and what it looks like, especially for me since it is such a different place to the tone of Australian small towns!

Something to be very proud of, so much time was put into this and it has definitely shown! Well done!

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This podcast is about Gillian Pachter not Peter or Ben

The author is THE most self absorbed woman on the face of the plant. She makes EVERYTHING in the whole podcast about her. Honest to god, she mentions her Oxford eduction more times than I can count. She literally says at one point that the murderer (whom she does not know) sent HER on a fools errand searching for his motive. Ma’am, he doesn’t know you. He never knew you were going to do a podcast. You didn’t have to. You CHOSE to. And frankly, not even a good one. The story itself is interesting and I kept pressing on to find out what happened but the narrator/author is absolutely obnoxious in making it all about her and I’m so disappointed. I’m especially disappointed in Audible for making this an editor’s pick.

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Naive journalist...

For a narrator that starts this series talking about her career as a crime journalist, she seems to be completely scandalized by the lies of a convicted murderer, infidelity, and celibate old queens fantasizing about younger guys. This story (like a lot of Audible podcasts) is a few episodes too long and shoves too much of the narrators personal story down your throat.

It's fine. It's just.... fine.

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Great listen-held my interest which isn’t easy

I prefer audiobooks but I tried this podcast and loved it. I listened to the whole thing straight in one day.

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could not get into

could not listen to female narrator. Her voice seemed to fade in and out all the time.

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