• Shallow Ground

  • Detective Ford, Book 1
  • By: Andy Maslen
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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By: Andy Maslen
Narrated by: Steve West
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Ford has a cold-blooded killer to catch. But can he escape his own dark secrets?

Barely a month since his promotion to Inspector, DI Ford is called in to investigate the murder of a young nurse and her son in a small flat in Salisbury. There are few clues, and no apparent motive, but Ford can sense that there's a serial killer at work. After all, he knows from brutal personal experience how killers cover their tracks....

It's been six years since Ford lost his wife in a climbing accident - an accident he caused. He is desperate to keep the truth hidden, especially from his son, Sam. But Ford's new partner, Dr. Hannah Fellowes, is a crime scene investigator with a ruthlessly analytical mind, and as they work together to track down the killer, his crippling guilt is compounded by fear of exposure.

When instinct leads him towards a high-profile suspect, his superiors' warnings just make him more determined to connect impulse and fact. But can Ford hold it all together - the case, his life - long enough to stop the killer?

©2020 Andy Maslen (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I was really looking forward to this one...

OMG! Narration is horrendous! Narrator Steve West does a good enough job with male voices, however, he should stay away from female and children voices! I wish he would just have read the book. Some narrators have the talent and others do not. The story itself started out okay, but the narration made it was over-the-top and I had to give up on this one.

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Steve West is outstanding in Shallow Ground

A very compelling and captivating mystery as Det. Ford and his team seek to solve the murders of seemingly unrelated victims. New to the force is Dr. Hannah Fellowes an FBI trained investigator with a few endearing quirks.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other books by author Andy Maslen. I also highly recommended the Audible book by Steve West. He delivers another excellent performance.

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Good police story

With good character development.
I'm looking forward to the next book in series.
The narrator was decent, and the women were fair. The big issue was West's lack of volume control. He needs to figure out how distance raised voices from the mike. The sudden yelling in my ear was jarring.

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Boring!

Excruciatingly boring! I do about 40 audible books a year and usually get through one in a week or less. this one too several weeks. Didn't dare listen to it when I was driving! ZZZZ!

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Excellent book and Narrator!

The author did a great job on this book, it kept me going nonstop until late into the evening. This audio version is excellent! Suspense & drama, you are really not positive of who it is until the end. I look forward to more of this series and more of this authors work!

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I could not put this down!

This was my first book by this author and it will not be my last! Gripping crime story that kept me guessing! I loved how all of the characters were written, even with the most hated ones. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait to start number 2!
Steve West's performance was excellent! Every single character that was done and the range of emotions portrayed was so damn good! From the creepiest evil guy to the sweetest woman. Always a pleasure to listen to any narration he does.

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An egotistical killer…who knew?

DI Ford’s 1st case, since his promotion, is a doozy…someone is committing murders and draining the victims’ blood. Ford has a suspect in mind except, the suspect has friends in high places. Can Ford outmaneuver a clever killer? Great story with excellent narration!!! Looking forward to the next book!

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I'm not normally one for reviews but...

I have read and/or listened to previous books by Andy and whilst they've always been enjoyable, this one had me gripped.

Twists and turns, this way and that, the pace is fast enough to want to keep going but slow enough to allow you to understand the characters.

The characters have good depth and background, and I can't wait to read the next instalment

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 04-05-21

Enjoyable

A gruesome murder of a nurse and her young son is investigated by newly promoted DI Ford. As more murders take place he realises there is a serial killer at work. With two main suspects can Ford identify the perpetrator before the case is taken from him? A tense murder mystery with gruesome scenes and extraordinary motives.

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  • R. L. Woods
  • 12-26-20

Twisty

Great book, took a while to get used too the voice, but a great book.

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  • 12-02-20

couldn't put it down

Normally I get really into books then can't finish them as they get boring...this one was the opposite...couldn't leave it alone in the second half...a very easy enjoyable read (listen). It would have been nice to have some proper south west accents from the narrator but otherwise I loved it.

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  • Vixanne
  • 07-27-22

Enjoyable Read!

My first Andy Maslen, but it won’t be my last. It took me a while to get used to the narration but an enjoyable story with good characters, just coming into their own. I am looking forward to learning more about them as the series unfolds….

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  • BlakWulf
  • 06-23-22

Thoroughly enjoyable

A well written and researched police thriller. Definitely a cut above most of them. Some of the voices and accents were a bit over the top but it didn't distract from the cleverness of the narrative.

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  • Mr. Christopher J. Fallows
  • 05-01-21

Brilliant

Another great book from Andy Maslen.
If you’re a fan of Chris Carter then you’ll love this !