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The Pick, the Spade and the Crow Audiobook

The Pick, the Spade and the Crow

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Publisher's Summary

When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.

Newly promoted to the NCA's Behavioural Sciences Unit, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is determined to hunt down the perpetrator. Just as Jo's investigation begins to reveal links with other disappearances, there is another murder. This is no longer a cold case; she is dealing with the escalating violence of a chilling serial killer.

Stepping into a sinister world of secrets, symbols, and rituals, Jo will have to confront the legacy of her own past and the violent memories that lurk there if she is going to solve this case. But at what cost?

©2016 Bill Rogers (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Jonmontanavega 06-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "About the Masons"

    English police procedural; female detective with female life partner. (good change of pace)

    I like books set in other English speaking countries (I'm in the US), learning about the differences in customs, idioms, language, history - you name it. I will pick up a dictionary, or look at a atlas.

    That said, to follow this book properly, a person who doesn't live in the British Isles (and thus isn't familiar with England's geography) would have to have a good map of England open on her lap most of the book. Also, the reader should have both ears open, and be prepared to do a lot of reading (or listening, in my case) between the lines to spot and decipher in context idioms and other specific-to-England English words.

    Otherwise, mainstream police detective story.

    Except, I had not realized from the blurb that the Masons are central to the story. Books that focus of groups alleged to be "secret" are not a plus for me. The narration was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Rancher's Wife 04-27-17
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    "Well paced and amount of detail"

    This was an enjoyable listen, as far as true crime can be enjoyed. The story had enough detail I could picture what was going on, but not so much I felt bogged down. As it unfolded it was pretty easy to guess what would happen, but not annoyingly so. The narrator has a pleasant voice and accent, and of course the fun foreign phrases! I would recommend this book, author, and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 01-27-17
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 01-27-17

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

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    "A Great Spinoff from Rogers' DCI Tom Caton Series"

    This is my once-a-year non-sci-fi review. If you like British police procedurals, and particularly if you like Manchester -- you will like this female-lead spinoff from Rogers' DCI Tom Caton Manchester series. Although this could be read on its own, it does reference back to that series:

    The Cleansing (2009)
    The Head Case (2009)
    The Tiger's Cave (2010)
    A Fatal Intervention (2010)
    Bluebell Hollow (2010)
    A Trace of Blood (2011)
    The Frozen Contract (2012)
    Backwash (2013)
    A Venetian Moon (2013)

    Jo has moved from the Manchester force to the NCA -- And the good news is that there is already a second book.

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  • Voyager
    Telford, United Kingdom
    11/9/16
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    "Could not stand the weird narration voice"

    I'm afraid I could not listen to this narration. Will have to return book. Cannot therefore comment on the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • annabel
    11/4/16
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    "Narration is totally unsuitable no expression completely ruined the story so no idea wether the book was any good or not"

    Narration awful no expression so no idea if the book is any good or not to irritated to finish

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carôle
    Kent, United Kingdom
    12/22/16
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    "Weird"

    Unlike other reviewers, I don't think that the narrator was very poor - not great, but not as bad as made out. However, I also think that the story is poor. Nothing to intrigue, I don't know if the narrator has anything to do with this!

    But I haven't finished this, bored with the story I really can't believe how tedious it is and how ineffective the NCA is portrayed as being. Why, given the seriousness of the crime, does the Senior Investigator go into dangerous situations by herself? She could have (& should have) died several times. To me, this is all too incredulous, even given the staff cuts. Officers would not be encouraged to pursue such cases alone.

    I'm giving up on this, but I don't feel any loss from it. This is part of the Kindle Unlimited package that I'm subscribed to. So I can return this with no feeling of loss of money. All that I've wasted is my time… please don't do the same, unless you also have Kindle Unlimited.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deb.
    12/13/16
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the narrator is terrible didn't get beyond 2 minutes.


    What will your next listen be?

    Anything but not this book.


    What didn’t you like about Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    Slow exaggerated


    What character would you cut from The Pick, the Spade and the Crow?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wl
    11/25/16
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    "whaaa"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    rcording of narrator/voice =unlistenable ...you cant listen to this recording. its awful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    none


    What didn’t you like about Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    its unlistenable voice also v strange reverb of voice


    What character would you cut from The Pick, the Spade and the Crow?

    noon


    Any additional comments?

    have to return

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Bond
    9/8/17
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    "The pick the spade and the crow"

    Good read had to keep going. I recommend this for intrigue especially to keep mind thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Franziska Thielsch
    8/12/17
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    "terrible narration!"

    impossible to focus on the story due to the abysmal narration. not sure what the narrator was going for, but it did not work for me at all- I couldn't even finish the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sando
    7/26/17
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    "Spoiled by the narrator"

    The worst reader I have heard on the many many books I have listened through audible. I find the constant mispronouncing of basic text annoying at best. It is important narrators learn to pronounce technical language accurately. Two examples I recall (I listened to this a few weeks ago) are ISA said as the three individual letters and BTec similarly read as the individual letters. Others were just ordinary words regularly mispronounced. Much as I like this author - I have read or listened to most of his books - I will not listen again unless the narrator changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    6/28/17
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    "Good story, but"

    I didn't particularly like the narrator's voice but the characters were realistic and storyline was engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emnat1975
    2/13/17
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    "Dreadful narration"

    Didn't make it past chapter 1, the narrators voice was ridiculous, shame because it looked like a good story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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