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Dark Crimes Audiobook

Dark Crimes: DCI Sophie Allen, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A young woman's body is discovered on a deserted footpath.

It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim's mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories involving violence and intimidation. There's an obvious suspect, but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for warped revenge?

Dark Crimes is the first in a series of detective thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the newly formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. She is pushed to the limit in her first major case as the team's head.

©2016 Michael Hambling (P)2016 Tantor

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    Donna J. Shaw 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good for a first outing."

    I love to read a good mystery so that I can puzzle out whodunit. In this case the mystery isn't whodunit, it's how to catch him. A good police procedural, but I was hoping for more of a puzzle.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simone Seattle Washington 01-20-17
    Simone Seattle Washington 01-20-17

    NO one genre that I prefer, I like a good mystery but mstly listen to non-fiction-psychology and politics

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    "Great Crime drama- good narration"
    Would you listen to Dark Crimes again? Why?

    No because I want to get to the next book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Crimes?

    Was surprised by the actual culprits


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favourite scene was when they realised what evidence was planted and what was real


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narration, the characters were really different and easy to tell apart

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raymbo 04-03-17
    Raymbo 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fast-paced and gripping!"

    Grabs your attention from the get-go and never lets go. Gripping and loaded with tension.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy C McNiece 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Almost Too Good to be True"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Crimes the most enjoyable?

    It was a very good crime procedural. Seems to have an inside view.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plot was fairly complicated but came together well.


    Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

    Sophie Allen is the lead and she is very good. But she is almost too good to be true. I always need some flaws in my heroes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although I did not listen to it in one sitting I could have easily done so.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 02-03-17
    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst narrator"

    I'm not sure the story didn't deserve more stars, although the writer's research into psychopathy was a little too much lesson and too little like believable speech from the characters. Nonetheless, the story could have been compelling with a better reader. Normally you get used to bad narrators, but this one made every word grate on my nerves.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 01-09-17
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    "May have been better as a print book"

    This was a very good story. I did not care for the audiobook's narration at all and it detracted from the book's enjoyment. I also couldn't tell if the poorly written dialogue also contributed to the bad narration. Very possibly.

    Like I said, the story itself was interesting. I feel bad when a poor narrator ruins an author's work.

    I don't know if I'll read more of this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rosemary 01-24-17
    rosemary 01-24-17 Member Since 2009
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    "I should have read the reviews for the second book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story was good and the plot kept me interested but the narration was awful. I should have read the reviews for the second book since the narrator was judged to do a poor job


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cat Gould’s performances?

    I tried another book that she narrated and I couldn't listen to it. I guess I thought it would get better but I found that my ability to put up with the narration but after ten minutes I gave up and returned the book..


    Do you think Dark Crimes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably with a different narrator


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 04-26-17
    Pen Name 04-26-17
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    "Blah"

    This books was just Okay and the narrarator was awful. Narration flirty stilted and unnatural.

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    M. MCCASKEY Washington DC USA 04-19-17
    M. MCCASKEY Washington DC USA 04-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Well Done And Well Worth Listening To"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend - well written and spoken. Gateway to a good series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! Really scary sociopath villain - hard to track down - who will be the next victim?


    Have you listened to any of Cat Gould’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first for me - very good performer and narrator. Good British-style narration. I know one New Z friend who sounds American, and another with a strong Down Under accent. This one sounds like well enunciated British English, and is a good voice actress.


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

    Socio-psycho on the phone to the police.


    Any additional comments?

    Quite attention-holding.

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    kerry simpson 01-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Okay story but the narrators accent annoying"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is okay. Unfortunately the female detective is portrayed as perfect which as most people know is practically impossible. As a British expat, the New Zealand accent of the narrator trying to do British accents spoiled the story.


    What didn’t you like about Cat Gould’s performance?

    Her native accent made the British accents comical.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jeff Pinnock
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    "Good police procedural poor narration"

    The story was quite good the Aussie version of speech was out of context I would not buy another book by this author unless the narrater was changed The Aussie rising interorgative

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  • smac902
    1/23/17
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    "Terrible Narration"

    Good story but the narrator made it sound as though Dorset had been completely overrun by antipodeans. Very distracting and reduced the overall enjoyment, instead of becoming wrapped up in what was being said I ended up focusing on how it was being said. I had intended to listen to subsequent books in the series but as they have the same narrator I don't think I can face the irritation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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