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Misplaced Loyalty

Meredith & Hodge Novels, Book 1
Narrated by: Lee Beddow
Series: Meredith & Hodge, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
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When it seems that all is lost, and you have no hope, you need someone to look after your best interests. Be careful, misplaced loyalty can prove fatal.

Detective Patsy Hodge has left her old life behind to start a new job with Bristol CID. She attends a suspicious death with her new boss: straight-talking, no nonsense Detective Inspector John Meredith. Within days the body count begins to rise, as victims, old and new, are discovered to have died by lethal injection. Assisted suicide or euthanasia? Meredith calls it murder.

There is an attraction between the two detectives, who circle each other, but both Meredith and Hodge are carrying an enormous amount of emotional baggage, and soon their pasts threaten to overwhelm their future. As the investigation gathers pace, tension mounts within the team, and someone takes an unhealthy interest in Patsy, threatening her life, and she no longer knows who to trust.

Misplaced Loyalty is the first book in the Meredith & Hodge series. If you like great storytelling, surprising plot twists, and compelling characters, then you are ready to meet Meredith & Hodge. Get up your copy of Misplaced Loyalty today.

©2012 Marcia Turner (P)2019 Marcia Turner

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Wow, I really enjoyed this.

This is a very easy listen. The story never dragged and the few times I thought I knew where it was going there was anew twist thrown in. This was very well written and very well read.

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Misplaced Loyalty

This was a really good whodunnit. Kept me guessing to the end.
The relationship dynamics were done well and I will definitely listen to book 2.

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A must listen

When I first saw this I thought it was going to be a mystery thriller, what I did not realize was that it is set in Bristol, England. I usually don't listen or read mysteries that are set in England, I prefer to watch it on TV. However, I am glad I picked this book up because I loved it. The story doesn't just concentrate on the murder mystery but the characters themselves and I really liked it. Yes, there were times I felt like slapping Patsy for what she would do and say and there are parts that I found hard to believe but I gave it five stars because I did not figure out who did it, which is saying something and the author had me hooked from beginning to end. Not only that but the 14 hours of audio flew by and I did not want it to end.
I noticed that not everyone liked it but it all depends on your taste.
This is what my husband would call raw drama, if it was made into a TV series because it is realistic to human behavior, the characters are not black and white.

There is profanity but I liked how the author only used it when necessary, I did not cringe when one of the characters curse. There is a sort of sex scene but it isn't graphic and innuendos with mild violence.

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Romance or crime novel?

The problem I have with this book is the fact that this seems to be more about the characters developing relationships - a love triangle - really, then it is about them solving a series of deaths. And, of course, it almost seems that Patsy, the love interest, is so irresistible to both of them, as well as the subject of jealous anger of one of the female officers who is in love with Meredith, one of the men who wants Patsy so badly. Add to that a stalker of either Patsy or Meredith, and you really don't know how the writer puts a plot together for figuring out who the killer is. I get that this is the first book of, what seems to be a series, so we are being introduced to characters, but I would say that this relationship should have developed over a number of books, especially, since Patsy had just moved from a different precinct because of similar problems - she was having an affair with her superior officer. And once again, she's attracted to her superior officer. 

So the problems Patsy is facing, besides being the only person on the investigative team of half a dozen or so officers to actually seem to be finding any clues, or making any progress on the case, is a stalker who knows who she is immediately upon moving into her new home in a new city, and is able to get into her house and move things around, to one of her suitors being arrogant, possessive, and jealous (who is a good candidate for the stalker), to a jealous co-worker who is in love with their boss (who could also be a candidate for the stalker), and falling in love with her boss and having another workplace relationship which she seems to have fallen into the moment she walked into the new station. And, conveniently, her boss breaks his leg early on in the book, which allows Patsy to move into his house (that and the stalker)

There are bits and pieces of actual crime investigative work, as Patsy ties a series of suicides together. I have to say, the killer came as a surprise, and in some ways justified the depth of characterization/romance that this book seemed to be.

The narration was fine, enjoyed the voice.

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A twisty turning mystery that doesn't disappoint

I'd read an ebook copy of this story and liked it enough that I wanted to hear it told. (I'm a huge audiobook fan and prefer audio over print most days.) The narrator did a fabulous job bringing these characters to life. The story itself deftly blends the mystery with a romance and makes both work. Even though, having read the book previously, I knew 'who done it' I still enjoyed how the clues rolled out and while I didn't guess who the murderer was the first time through, the clues are all there and it all makes sense.

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  • 10-19-19

OMG this is a roller coaster read!!!

I am hooked on this series for sure. M K Turner created a novel with all kinds of suspense and the fun part is it is a police crime procedural and it's full of amorous pursuits. This is a page turner..there is not a dull moment in this novel. It is full of twists that make the end a surprise and I should known moment. The characters are amazing. There are lots of strong personalities both male and female which is refreshing and part of what keeps the action moving a the nice pace it does through this novel. Lee Beddow does a great job of bringing the characters to life the narration in this audio book.

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Good British Story

Detective Patsy wanting to better herself gets a job in Bristol. The Detective Inspector John takes her under his wings. A case that has questions from the beginning, but when the death count rises .Then Patsy soon has a stalker, which gives some added twists to the story. The love interest between John and Patsy was good while they tried to denied it.Given ARC Audio and narration added to the story. For my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Slow start but worth sticking with it!

The start us so slow that I nearly called it quits - really glad I stuck with it as I think it was a great story and look forward to the next one.

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It has its pros and cons

I received a copy of the audiobook from the author. It has its pro and cons. I enjoyed the storyline. Euthanasia or assisted suicide...or murder? I liked the interaction between Meredith and Hodge and their developing relationship, although at times I wanted Patsy to knock some of the smugness out of Meredith. He is a womanizer and a bit of a harasser who needs to be taken down a peg or two. Patsy shows the ability to maybe do that in later books. In the audiobook, the narrator at times, for certain characters, talked too fast and was a little hard to understand. There were a lot of characters that I got mixed up. Maybe reading it would have been less confusing. I thought the book was too long. Much time was spent on Patsy's love life and the budding romance between her and Meredith. While I enjoyed that I thought it took away from the mystery aspect of the book. On the whole I enjoyed the book and will give Meredith and Hodge another chance. I will say I enjoyed the author's Bearing Witness series more than this one.

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  • jo cooksley
  • 10-05-19

Great

It's good! I've listened to a few different styles of books on audible and this one I've managed to keep listening. The narrator is very easy to listen to. The chapter length is good too. Great storyline. Not too many characters to keep track of. I love Meredith! He's a charismatic nightmare! Patsy will need to watch herself!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-30-19

I might be a bloke but I still feel pain.

At almost fifteen hours, this is a long book but one that holds the reader's attention throughout. Misplaced Loyalty is a British police procedural set in Bristol, where a rash of apparent suicides seem to have a common element: death by a lethal morphine injection. They could well be assisted suicides, illegal, yes, but often compassionate, until some of the bodies have bruising suggestive of not being a death desired by the victim.
The investigation is led by DI John Meredith, a good detective but with less than admirable attributes, hard drinking and overly fine of the younger ladies and greatly admired by his colleague, Tanya Jennings. His team had recently been joined by very capable and upwardly mobile Patsie Hodge who, to Tanya's disgust, seemingly had attracted his attention in more than a professional capacity. All of the characters are fully functioning, fleshed out people, very real, if somewhat annoying at times. And their stories run alongside the pursuit of the case, with Christmas thrown in as a bonus. The story is intriguing with various red herrings laid down to distract both police and reader, with an ending which was most unexpected. Narration throughout by Lee Beddow is good: no fieworks, just good, solid delivery, nicely paced and intoned, and with character voice definition. He is pleasant to hear and has clear renunciation making his reading easily understood. A nice, solid performance.

I very much enjoyed this book, the first in a series of Meredith and Hodge mysteries, and look forward to reading more. I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Misplaced Loyalty, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. M.K.Taylor has now been added to my list of authors to watch for in the future and I can recommend this to all who enjoy British police procedural with well developed personalities in the writing. And fans of the who-dun-it? This is a!so a romance, and I personally usually dislike this; but it was far from being of the smootchy kind : this one was fun. A good read. And a striking cover.