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A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall.

Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, officers find two skeletons.

This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as 'the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father.

©2017 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Slow, tired and overweight -- much like Vera herse

There's a gem of a plot but it's still firmly in the rough. Vera sounds tired, overweight and uninteresting. She's lost the spark she used to have in the earlier books. Her rumpled style has slipped further and really what was an amusing character trait has become tiresome.

Joe... I wish he'd either leave his wife and get it over with or grow a backbone. If he doesn't leave his wife in a future book I'll be surprised. The hints that he's dissatisfied with his marriage are very strong in this one. The fact that he has a thing for Vera is just creepy. The fact that Vera is possessive of Joe is even more creepy. That said I just wish they'd get the tension out of the way and go to bed or something. Again what was once amusing in earlier books is simply old and tired.

I didn't like the last book and this one was only marginally better. My only real take away from it was, the author hates kids, views them as annoying and gets in the way of life. Or at least that's how Vera and Joe seem to portray things. I'll have to think seriously about spending a credit on the next book.

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  • barbara
  • 10-11-17

magic

great story great narration .. i can lose myself in Vera anytime ... can’t wait for the next

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • LIoyds
  • 10-10-17

Brilliant story

Great story. Enjoyed every chapter . read beautifully. Vera and team at their best.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Astral Surfer
  • 10-09-17

Another winning tale

Anne Cleeves has hit exactly the right balance with the Vera series. As a character, she remains plausible. A maverick senior police officer whose approach is often idiosyncratic. Modern policing allows little in the way of individualism, but Vera bridges the gap between old and new, with scant regard for procedure.

Each book develops the central characters and whilst the stories are driven by interactions between the team, the plotting remains intricate. This is a very satisfying murder mystery; numerous threads to keep the reader guessing. Narration throughout is excellent and I couldn't wait to listen to it and disappointed when I raced to the end. Cracking tale, well told.

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  • John Saltford
  • 10-11-17

So much better than the TV series

This story has not been made into a TV series yet. I really enjoy the programmes. But when you hear the full version you realise how much better the full book is. Greater depth of characters, better understanding of the dynamics of the team.

The story is fast moving, but never rushed. A complex story about how the truth will come out.

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  • Flint
  • 10-08-17

Complicated but very enjoyable

Excellent narration. The plot is complicated, especially towards the end, but it was very enjoyable and every bit as good as the other Vera books.

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  • NHP
  • 10-03-17

Brilliant

Excellent as always with Ann Cleeves, and the narrator sets the right atmosphere with her command of the voices. I never wanted the story to end!

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  • Oops 66
  • 10-15-17

Brilliant another of Ann Cleeves

Loved this murder mystery. Love Vera and her team such great one this time. They get better and better.

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  • Wendy
  • 10-10-17

Excellent story, Vera at her best

Excellent storyline, only irritation was narration of Prof's voice which became ever more implausible

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  • ChrisH
  • 10-14-17

another great read

a good story well read.

I really enjoyed the story line with its twists and turns. the book was well read which made it easy to listen to

look forward to the next one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-17

gripping stuff

A fantastically narrated audio book with a twisting plot. flawed but likeable characters. I wanted to keep driving to hear the next biy

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  • Amazon Customer jo
  • 10-24-17

Good story but woeful voices

As with all the author's books I enjoyed the story but I would rather it was a straight reading rather than the woeful character voices. I particularly disliked the voices of Joe and The Prof.

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  • firedog
  • 11-14-17

Marvellous story. Shame about the reader

The plot and characters are beautifully written - as always in an Ann Cleeves novel. However I almost gave up as the reader’s annoyingly over dramatic voicing of the various characters was distracting. She needed to tone down the whole performance. I kept thinking I would stop listening and read the novel instead but a very intriguing plot kept me interested. Five stars to Ann Cleeves.