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Publisher's Summary

Do you love twisty murder mysteries? Meet Tara Thorpe. The clue to a puzzling local murder has landed right on her doorstep. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross, and Joy Ellis.

As the sun rises, a wealthy young woman, Samantha Seabrook, is found drowned in the ornamental fountain of a deserted Cambridge courtyard, the only clue: an antique silver chain wound tightly around her throat. 

It’s Tara Thorpe’s job to discover what happened to Miss Seabrook. But the case becomes personal when she learns that Samantha had been receiving death threats...rather like the one that landed on Tara’s doorstep the night the woman died.

Together with Detective Inspector Garstin Blake, Tara tracks the killer to the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of the city. But there’s something Tara can’t quite admit to Blake about her past – and it could make all the difference to whether they live...or die.

An absolutely gripping mystery that will keep you hooked until the very last word. The first in a series of pause-resisting Cambridge mysteries featuring Thorpe and Blake.

©2018 Clare Chase (P)2018 Bookouture

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Really hard to listen to!

So boring. And the narrator was terrible, she has a breathy whisper for a voice. And she hisses her esses.
And the last couple of chapters that I read consisted of a string of 4 - 5 word sentences that the narrator paused with full stops between. So annoying!
I made it to the 10th chapter and quit, it wasn't worth wasting any more of my time.

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poorly read

Don't really know what the story was because I couldn't understand the reader. Too bad

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  • san2har
  • 08-20-18

Wrong narrator

Not a bad story although rather unbelievable revenge plot: Tara seems like a good character especially if she joins the police but the narrator is so flat with little expression

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  • Angelcritique
  • 12-06-18

Gripping excerpt

It was the excerpt of this story which made me choose it after two hours of trying to find the right book. But sadly the rest of it didn't match up. In places it is badly written and overall, poorly plotted. The narrator sounds like she's auditioning for a role in East Enders and her voice characterisations are executed in the same exaggerated manner. There are annoying mis-pronounciations too which carry on throughout the reading and grate on the nerves. And finally the murderer and his motivations are a damp squib. Not a book I can listen to a second time. It's going back.

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  • Debs
  • 12-04-18

Great story and great narrator performance

I really enjoyed this first in the Tara Thorpe mysteries. As a Cambridge local it was fun to imagine the scenes in vivid detail. This was a little less 'cozy' than my usual mystery reads but it was gripping and the story well told. I enjoyed the dynamic between Thorpe and Blake.
As a narrator myself I really appreciated brilliant Lucy Brownhill's performance, with a variety of accents and characters she does a great job in pulling the listener in and keeping you hooked. I've already started on the next book in the series Murder on the River.

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  • Miss A.
  • 12-06-18

.<br /> Rather slow

Reader good, but rather slow, my mind wandered off quite a lot, so had to rewind quite often.