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Secrets of the Dead

Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (424 ratings)

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Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colorful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying 'all debts paid', Detective Robyn Carter knows it's just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognizes the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can't find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can't find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed, and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it's too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first minute till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, and Karin Slaughter.

©2017 Carol Wyer (P)2017 Bookouture

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Great plot - disappointing narration

What made the experience of listening to Secrets of the Dead the most enjoyable?

The plot was interesting although the police break with usual procedure constantly for no good reason.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Newman’s performances?

Really not sure. Her narration is stilted as if she's in primary school reading the story for the first time. Poor emphasis & inflection. It really detracts from the plot. I'm still halfway through the story & it's driving me mad. I rarely write review but just had to say something. I came believe that the 48 other reviewers thought this was adequate narration!

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Loved it!!!

Another great book from Carol Wyer. She is officially one of my favorite authors. It's not about figuring out who is doing the killing in this book, it's the how and who's next that keeps you intrigued.

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A good series starting. thank

This was an enjoyable read. Not quite as good as her first as far as the murderer's motivation. Suggest a little more research in the DSM 4 - not the 5. like the new team members and her uncle. would like all authors to drop always having a nasty boss or co-worker to trying.to outdo them. want the facts, just the facts.

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  • Laura
  • VALLEY VILLAGE, CA, US
  • 04-18-19

She's no Joy Ellis

Why hire a narrator who must do a Scottish accent, who cannot actually do a Scottish accent? While a minor part of the book overall, it was CRINGE-worthy, and I'm American, so I can't even imagine what a Scot would make of it. Felt at least one scene was overkill disgusting and in general kind of sealed the deal with me and this author whose first book also included a lot of gratuitousness- I'm not overly sensitive to it, either, and this is...a lot. The detective is insecure, which is annoying. I found I don't care about her. And there's a lot of...working out. Maybe that appeals to an exercise junkie, but it bored me senseless. Slow start overall, and times I had trouble focusing. The conflict with her superior and co-worker isn't terribly believable or necessary. I figured out the mystery too far ahead of the detective- makes her seem not that sharp. I think I'm done with this series.

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Carol Wyer does it again

I am impressed by Wyer’s believable heroine and the web she weaves for her audience that helps you see her as a whole person and the other characters are introduced so well into the story!! Loved it!

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Great book, but...

While I enjoyed the book, and the narrator was okay. though it drove me nuts when she would miss pronounce well known brands and words. Nike is (nahy- kee ) not (nahy).

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Needed a better narrator

The narrator can make or break a story. Even though I have like this narrator in the past, she was too dull for this story.

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Narrator makes book less enjoyable

This is my second Carol Wyer book and is as good as the first--not spectacular, but solid. I love police procedurals set in England and this fits the bill. The detective and her colleagues are believable and for the most part likable; the others who are not meant to be likable are indeed off-putting. But the entire experience is marred by a dreadful narrator. She has the softspoken voice of a kindergarten teacher, not a good fit for reading a police procedural with a reasonably tough female detective as the protagonist. But worst of all is her unfathomable habit of pronouncing the article "a" as a long a (to rhyme with day) the way an insecure second grade reader might. She is capable of using the more typical schwa and does this part of the time as well. I could find no rhyme or reason for her choices and it became quite distracting and annoying. Don't think I can bear another book read by this woman, who otherwise has a pleasant voice, just mixed with bad casting here and a peculiar pronunciation habit.

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Emotional rollercoaster

This was probably my favorite book of the Robyn Carter series so far. The story is gripping with twists and turns that you won't see coming.

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Narrator emotes too much

I've probably listened to 20 books read by Scott Brick, and at this point I think I'm done. His style of reading takes me out of the book. He over emphasized too many words and his voice typically rises at the end of sentences. A couple years ago he seemed to have overcome the sing song reading style, but now it's back. I had to return the book and intend to read it instead.

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  • Shellybean1727
  • 05-16-18

Good storyline

I enjoyed this book as I did the first. The Narrater is a little annoying. Her lack of enthusiasm while reading makes the listen not as enjoyable as it should be! Also the words Gas and Plastic are mispronounce, which was irritating. The story itself was great and the book is so well written so it’s a shame the narrator lets the review down.

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  • Pamela
  • 08-27-17

Great Story

Shame about the reader better at 1.25 speed - perhaps she should read book first as seems to stumble

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  • JULIANNE LITTLEWOOD
  • 06-09-19

Fantastic

Loved this from strlart to end. Couldn't wait to get in the car to carry on listening! Narrator wasnt my favourite but the book was so good you soon tune into her. Just about to start the next one..

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  • Peter akers
  • 02-15-19

Superb midlands crime thriller

This was so Vivid as a crime thriller, l know quite a few of those places all the way through, it seems so real first class l look forward to read more

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  • emma williams
  • 05-24-18

great book<br />

love this author certainly looking forward to hearing the next book fantastic twist at the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-28-17

loved it!!!

enjoyed this so much , brilliant and well written
can't wait for number three. superb character in Robyn.

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  • sandra strike
  • 07-10-17

Terrible narration

Absolutely the worst narration I have ever heard. Same monotone all the way through even exciting parts were boring. I was listening to the story through a speaker and my family were asking how I could listen to the voice. Ruined a good story. I would never recommend listening to any of the authors books because of the narrator. Good author to read not listen to

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-17

story Great, narrator not my cup of tea

I liked the story but found the narator to be not a great match for the story. narrator has a nice voice, but a bit boring for a thriller. seems more suited to children's books or educational.

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  • apple
  • 04-09-18

Great read, not so great narration

What made the experience of listening to Secrets of the Dead the most enjoyable?

Really enjoyed this story, the plot is strong with good characters and plenty of twists and turns. You feel the frustration of the detective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robyn Carter, the central character, is well drawn and easy to feel sympathy for.

Did Emma Newman do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not totally sold on the narration. At times it is a little monotone and doesn’t help the listener get a sense of characters emotions.

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  • Michelle
  • 02-11-18

The narrator drove me mad

A good story it was just the way it was told. I felt like someone was reading me a children’s book. It was so slow

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  • Angela
  • 10-13-17

Enjoyable Audiobook Don't Like this Reader

Enjoyable audiobook. Plenty of interesting characters but I personally can't get engrossed due to the reader's style. I find it monotonous and robotic. Her insistence on pronouncing 'a' as in 'a cat' as 'ay' makes the conversations very stiff and more like a lecturer trying to emphasize points. Eg read the following aloud 'if we had ay car we could get ay map and go to ay park for ay picnic'. It just doesn't sound natural. For me it ruins the story because it annoys me as I find it very noticeable and it detracts from the content

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  • Prufrock
  • 09-05-19

Pronunciation Issues

I enjoy the Robyn Carter books and generally Emma Newman reads well. BUT, and it’s a big “but”for me, I am driven to distraction by the way Newman diphthongises “a”in all situations. I can’t work out whether it’s pretentious or just fingernails on blackboard irritating. So I give up. The odd mispronunciation of a challenging word in an audiobook is forgivable but I’m done with Wyer books read by Emma Newman.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 08-12-18

Gripping

What I really like about this book is how DCI Carter battles to figure it all out, battles the pressures and limitations from above and meanwhile the killer strikes again and again. I am sure its tempting to ensure the hero beats all the odds to win through and save the day. Eventually this does happen when a break is happened upon. It makes this book that bit more different and believable.

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  • Pretty Spiffy
  • 08-08-17

Really enjoying the series

This is the second book in the series. I love how you don't need to have read the first one to understand what is happening in the second. This story takes a bit of time to get into but definitely worth it in the end.

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  • diane woods
  • 08-05-17

Great listening

I have really enjoyed the two books I have listened to
With all the different people involved in the story.