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In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, 13-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder.

Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well - a child herself when Alison vanished. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

©2001 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Kathleen M Moon
  • 12-18-15

'Nice'

Would you try another book written by Val McDermid or narrated by Paddy Glynn?

I would try another book by Val McDermid as the story jogged along quite well, although I had worked out the twist really early on. However, I found the narration a bit hurried.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the story being set in 2 time frames was good, particularly as the earliest time frame brought back many memories of my youth. the least interesting was that the reveal was pretty obvious very early on.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration sounded to hurried.

Was A Place of Execution worth the listening time?

just about

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  • A.Connor
  • 12-28-15

enjoyed lots of it a bit & bits of it a lot!

'bear with the first 1/3 or so of this one..I found it slow & one-dimensional & uninteresting. After that though, McDermid gets into gear & things do become interesting! I'd recommend.

PS- from very early the 'whodunnit' in this story is obvious but that's ok - it's intriguing to sit back & listen to McDermid's plot.

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  • Cypher
  • 12-06-15

Another great book from Val

Would you consider the audio edition of A Place of Execution to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but cannot fault my enjoyment of the audio reading. As with all of this author's books you are quickly gripped by the story and whisked away. The characters are well written and have great 'human' flaws. I would recommend to any reader of this genre as it is a cracking story and well worth trying a Val McDermid book.

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  • Claire
  • 03-08-16

Good book overall

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Excellent narration and some great twists. Especially liked the way it combined real events into the story.

Have never listened to anything by this author before but I will now.

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  • S M Walsh
  • 01-28-16

Gripping stuff

I loved the details- I could see and feel the dales as I was listening

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  • Patricia
  • 03-26-16

A great book

I really enjoyed this - a great twist to bring it forward in time. The characters were excellent and I felt great empathy with them.

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  • Adrienne
  • 03-23-16

excellent ... just what I expect from Val McDermid

an excellent plot with indepth characters...my only disappointment was I guessed what was happening early on in the story...but it was good to be proved right too! Perhaps I should turn detective! The narration was spot on - Definitely worth the listen...you won't be disappointed

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  • Mr Andrew M Winder
  • 03-05-16

Immense...

This is an excellent audio book, well narrated. The story is immersive and totally engaging; it plays on ones differing emotions.

Very enjoyable.

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  • izzy123
  • 09-13-15

Great first read !

Would you listen to A Place of Execution again? Why?

In the distant future I'd read it again.

What about Paddy Glynn’s performance did you like?

Very good narration, good voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was a griping book, couldn't stop listening to it !

Any additional comments?

This is the first Val Mcdermid book I've bought, although I have seen all of the Tony Hill dramas on TV. It was an excellent story, I will be buying more of her books in the near future, can't wait to get another one !

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  • Mrs W.
  • 01-25-16

Superb!

Very well crafted and sensitively performed! Could not put it down and would listen to another book by author! Also enjoyed the reading very much, moving at a good pace but not hurried or without empathy!
All round excellent!

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 11-15-16

By 'eck it were good

The author is a legend and this is more evidence of their greatness. The narrator has done a spectacular job of bringing the story to life ....and the story, well, I think you should give it a listen.

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  • Cathie Dalliwall
  • 10-13-16

A good thriller

Enjoyed this story and was a good listen, giving an insight into life in remote villages of northern England

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  • Denise Mewett
  • 10-22-17

A Place of Execution

Another wonderful book by Val McDermid enhanced by the narration of Paddy Glynn. This book has all the hallmarks of excellence we expect from Val McDermid but the twists and turns give no clue as to the bone shaking finale. Highly recommended and why isn’t it a movie????