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In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm.

Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree.

The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.

©2016 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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What did you love best about The Hanging Girl?

The characters within department Q

What three words best describe Graeme Malcolm’s voice?

He got the characters a little better by the second part

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Stephen Pacey really nailed the characters and their voices and gave them such a good sense of humour in previous books, which was lost on the new narrator. Story was good but the ending hurried slightly exaggerated to make it work. Nonetheless I really enjoy the book I love the team their antics and the extended friends/family their stories jolly clever writing

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  • Colleen
  • JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
  • 12-28-15

What's the big deal

I don't understand this fuss about the change in narrator. I'm a big fan of the series (i purchased every title so far) and thought that Graeme Malcolm did a good job. Admittedly I was a little hesitant as i enjoyed Steven Pacey so much, but the story was so good that I didn't miss him after the first chapter. I really don't care who the narrator is there is no way I'd miss a single installment of this fantastic series!

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  • Lee-anne
  • 04-26-16

Not the same

Not as good with new narrator, voices are so different ,
didnt enjoy it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexandra Allan
  • 12-16-15

Narrator???

I love the department Q books but for me, this book was seriously let down by the choice of narrator. Don't know why Jussi has gone with a different narrator from the previous books but not a good choice. I won't be listening to any future department Q books if Graeme Malcolm is going to be the narrator. Bring back Steven Pacey.

103 of 114 people found this review helpful

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  • paul
  • 01-07-16

WHY O WHY CHANGE NARRATOR!

I have absolutely loved every Dept Q book, the characters were brought alive by Steven Pacey and I was genuinely so excited to see another in the series. I was a little perturbed that the narrator was different but with open mind gave it a go...

Why..... Just why did anyone listen to this guy and think Ahhh he'll follow nicely in Steven Paceys footsteps?????

Im struggling to get past chapter 7 - there's no life to the narration, an awful sing song voice with inflections at the end of words and sentences that shouldn't be there... No distinct characters, Karl and Rose just blend into the background and my favourite Assad has no enthusiasm no wit no comedy value anymore...

Ruined absolutely ruined by the narrator (who sounds better suited to children's books) GUTTED!!!

61 of 69 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 12-29-15

Imperfect Chemistry

As a long-standing fan of Olsen’s excellent Department Q series I was delighted to find another one had been released on Audible. While this one is still very good quality crime fiction there have been some changes of direction which have changed the experience significantly from the earlier books. Previously Olsen did a fabulous job of mixing the back stories of his characters with a gripping crime story leading to a delicious mix of dark humour and tension-building drama. In this volume Olsen has almost pruned much of the wider character interaction out and trimmed the cast with previously significant characters like his gay lodgers almost removed from the stories. While there are still plenty of Assadisms the characters seem much steadier, less stressed and in turn, sorry to say it just a touch duller.

With this story Olsen has taken just a touch more of the Dan Brown style as the investigators get involved with a Sun God Cult. The story itself has a lot of depth, some intriguing developments and an excellent twist at the end which is tied into a very dramatic and indeed satisfying conclusion. That said, I don’t think it builds the tension in the same way as most of the previous stories. It does deliver as a crime story should, just in a more steady fashion.

Finally though, the change in narrator. It may be that with his change of character and story direction Olsen or his publishers felt a new narrator was in order. To me this just magnified what was missing. Pacey and Department Q were an excellent combination, he was able to deliver the stress, tension, chaos and humour of the earlier books with aplomb and genuinely added to the production mix. Graeme Malcolm operates at pretty much one pace and one tone. I can imagine him doing some books quite well but following on from Pacey his style jars and his delivery drags the whole experience down.

In all this is a quality piece of crime fiction with enough clever nuances, twists and turns to make it a worthwhile purchase. It also gives us a character cliffhanger to entice us into the next book of the series. However, in comparison with previous books in the series it falls down in ways that are significant and simply doesn’t fully deliver what we’ve come to expect from Department Q. For me personally this instalment has moved the series from “Must Buy” to “Worth considering”, especially if they persevere with the same narrator.

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  • Rhian
  • 12-28-15

Bring back Steven Pacey as the narrator!

I just couldn't listen to this narrator. So I didn't listen beyond chapter 6. Such a shame as I was so excited to listen to the next Dept Q book 😕

66 of 75 people found this review helpful

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  • PHILIP
  • 02-08-16

diissapointing

did not get through the first chapter the narrator was rubbish
come back Steven Pacey

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  • Colette
  • 12-27-15

Why the change of narrator!!

I discovered the Department Q books quite early on in my Audible experience and they've been a kind of baseline of excellence. Great stories, interesting characters and a narrator that really enhanced the experience. Why then, was the narrator changed at this stage in the series! I tried really hard to be open minded about Graeme Malcolm performance but it really spoiled the book for me. His voice has a really strange way of ending sentences that really jarred with me.
Such a shame, because it's another very good story with lots of twists and turns.

53 of 61 people found this review helpful

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  • liken
  • 12-24-15

Very disappointed

What would have made The Hanging Girl better?

Steven Pacey

Has The Hanging Girl put you off other books in this genre?

No but dept Q will not be the same unless Steven Pacey returns

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Graeme Malcolm?

Steven Pacey

Any additional comments?

I returned this title purely due to the narrator. I found the change of narrator distracting and found the story extremely difficult to follow. I normally persevere with a book but not in this case. I wish I'd read the previous reviews before buying.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-03-16

Change of narrator AND change of translator?!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only one who hadn't listened to the first 5 Department Q books!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Why, oh why, has the narrator changed? I wish I'd seen that before buying this book. It's so jarring, almost like they are different characters! I'm not particularly keen on Malcolm's style, but if the narrator had to be changed, couldn't they have found one with the same tone and style as Pacey?

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I didn't catch the translator's name, but I'm assuming that something has changed as the terms are all American English rather than British English. I have no problems with US words, but the other books didn't refer to 'cells', 'freeways' and 'sidewalks', so I don't know why this one does? Again, a disappointing and jarring change.

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  • Linda Carroll
  • 12-20-15

Bring back Steven Pacey

Would you try another book written by Jussi Adler-Olsen or narrated by Graeme Malcolm?

yes to former no to latter

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

gave up halfway as could not enjoy the narrator

What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

Very poor delineation of the characters and their voices which is the point of audio. No attempt to sustain the accents which came and went. Rose in the end was almost like a man character.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

not sure

Any additional comments?

LOved the other books to date and was waiting for this next one. Should have looked at narrator which I didn't , assuming they would keep Pacey. What a shame.

47 of 55 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Hardwicke
  • 11-20-17

Great characters

I rarely post a review - but felt it necessary here. Great story, endearing characters - but the change in narrator spoils the whole package. I felt as though I was listening to a priest/vicar narrating the story - the intonation just wasn't right and the lack of believable continuity in the accents of the main characters, will probably dissuade me from downloading the next book in the series. Probably better to read this book & subsequent books, after the brilliant narration by Steven Pacey in previous performances.

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  • Tracey
  • 07-18-16

Final in the 7 book series - didn't want it to end

What made the experience of listening to The Hanging Girl the most enjoyable?

I have grown to know and love the characters at Dept Q, and I was sad the book/series ended. This audio version got a bad review because after 6 books, the narrator was changed, and while it took a few chapters to adjust to the new reader, my ear attuned and I don't know why other listeners didn't like him. Possibly not quite as good at the character voices or at least replicating them the way Steven Pacey did, but I enjoyed this narrator, and more than that, I forgot about his voice and focused on the characters who I know and love.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hanging Girl?

The whole cast of characters that Jussi has created, they work together as a whole to create an entertaining wry witted team who draw the story along, each in their own way contributing to the atmosphere of the book.

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't have time to read real books, so I would have missed out completely if it were not on audio. I grew to like Malcolm's dry voice. After a while, it reminded me somewhat of Bill Nighy in that ironic but serious sort of way. Don't give the narrator a bad rap just because he wasn't the same on e as we were used to with the previous 6 books. It was not the narrator's fault he was changed, if he'd been the narrator from Series 1, no-one would have known any different. In fact, I found his voice soothing.

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

Yes, fortunately, it goes for 14 hours so I could enjoy it over a few days.

Any additional comments?

Jussie Adler Olssen has his own rhythm and building of a story. He has created a great blend of characters and I hope there will be more Dept Q books to come, as I love Carl Morck and Assad. Assad often had me smiling with his camel tales "she screams like a camel who has eaten sand" is my favourite. Hurry up and write the next one Jussi.... I am now an official Scandi Crime addict.

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  • Gretel Lamont
  • 04-01-16

Was it the narrator or the plot that disappointed?

I've enjoyed other Dept Q books, but this one bored me. I disliked the narrator from the beginning but tried to ignore his cynical tone and concentrate on the story. But it was not a good story.

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  • Roderic
  • 02-29-16

Steady plot, developing characters

I have enjoyed the Department Q series and this was a standard, high quality contribution. I hope Jussi Adler-Olsen gives us more on Assad's history in the next instalment.

The plot was strong and conveyed the story along well, though the plot twists were not particularly surprising. The book has its own level of satisfaction in the outcome and I will read the next Department Q novel when and if it is published.