The Comforts of Home

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: Simon Serrailler, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn’t last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. The community's reactions are complicated and fragile.   

It’s good to be back on the job. And when Simon returns to Lafferton, an arsonist is on the rampage and a woman whose daughter disappeared some years before is haunting the police station seeking closure. She will not let it rest, and Simon is called in to do a cold-case review.  

At home, Simon is starting to get used to having a new brother-in-law - in the form of his Chief Constable Kieron Bright. His sister Cat has embarked on a new way of practising medicine, and his nephew Sam is trying to work out what to do with his life. And then their tricky father, Richard, turns up again like a bad penny.  

In this gripping new Serrailler thriller, Simon's personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and demanding ways than ever before.

©2018 Susan Hill (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Great to be back

Spending time with DCI Simon Serrailler and his twin sister, Cat, is always a pleasure. and Susan Hill's writing is superb. The plot, however, was thin with little tension or surprise (well, there was one surprise). nevertheless, I wouldn't miss anything she writes.

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Serrailler returns!

Had decided Susan Hill had retired this series so am delighted to find this. Plus the familiar voice of S Pacey. Not the best of the bunch as regards story-line (it feels like 2 or 3 interesting but unresolved stories woven together) but revisiting with Simon and Cat etc is just delightful. Much appreciated all round.

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Another excellent novel from Susan Hill

Another cliffhanger from Susan Hill. I love the Simon Serailler series and her ability to handle several storylines at the same time has always fascinated me. I have followed the whole series and cannot find a title in this series I don't like.

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A bunch of random

Too many underdeveloped plot threads. I didn’t enjoy it much and probably won’t continue this series. Steven Pacey great as usual!

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I'm disappointed...

...after such a long wait. The story meanders. Simon reacts unprofessionally to a confession of murder, much time is spent on the secondary character's opinions about socialized medicine, Hill finally flips a switch in the last 45 minutes when there is sudden focus on STORY. It felt like a wasted credit and a waste of time. I hope the next one in the series regains ground that this one lost.

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Case Closed

If you have not read any previous books in this series I strongly recommend that you do NOT START with this one. I believe this is the end of the series . The Simon Serrailler series has been a favorite of mine - I've read all the previous books at least twice. I enjoyed the unique characters, settings and excellent writing. I especiialy liked the inclusion of the story of the entire Serrailler family. The book prior to this ends with Simon Serallier in the hospital, gravely wounded. This book is the story of what happens after that. There is some crime solving in this book. However the main emphasis is on the family members and the changes in their lives. I don't expect to see any more Serailler mysteries. However I am happy that Susan Hill provided a proper ending to the series..

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Not the best in the series

I love this series and was eagerly anticipating this release. I was disappointed in it, however. I agree with another reviewer. The story lines didn't really go together, especially the murder on the island. There was nothing exciting or surprising, and the ending was a bit flat. Steven Pacey was wonderful, as always. I won't give up though. I love the rest of the series too much for that.

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  • Patricia
  • 05-01-19

welcome back Simon

Another thoroughly enjoyable if occasionally harrowing episode in Simon Serralier's life. Well written, well narrated. Hopefully there won't be such a large gap before the next book so that we can see how Simon Serralier's life with his bodily problems progresses.

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  • Mark Goodman
  • 08-14-19

Not as much depth

An engaging book, but lacks the depth and pace of her earlier books. Felt a bit disjointed at times, but still a good listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-07-19

Big fan of this series but disappointed with this one.

Love this series but his one felt like it was drifting a bit - overall feel a bit gutted, was so looking forward to it!

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  • Codfish
  • 07-09-19

Disappointed

Not the usual standard . Weak crime story compared to the other 7 books. May it was to ease back the character into the book. Having said this I will still eagerly await the next book in the series

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  • Stephanie Paul
  • 06-23-19

Simon and family are back, but not with a bang

Good, but not the best. These books are all about family with murder thrown in.

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  • Kirstine
  • 03-05-20

The enjoyable series continues

I've followed this series over the years and am always glad when a new book comes out and I can hear what's happening to the characters that I feel I know well. As with other books the descriptions of the lives of the characters plays as much a part of the enjoyment, for me at least, as the detection of the crimes. Steven Pacey is one of the very best narrators as he has such a facility for creating different voices.

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  • the typist
  • 07-13-19

Soapy melodrama meta mystery fiction?

Susan Hill is undoubtedly a brilliant writer but I genuinely couldn’t decide whether this was a cosy piece of fan fiction with absolutely nothing going on, or a slick glimpse into the future of existential detective fiction - in which the detective does no detecting and the moral of the story is justice is a fallacy. Discuss...

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  • L. H. De Laune
  • 06-20-19

Disappointing conclusion

I have loved every one of this series & was so delighted that Ms Hill had written another. This one is disappointing, the ‘cases’ all lead nowhere & it seems a hurried tying up of loose ends, which somehow left me dis-satisfied. No doubt, like me, you will buy it anyway, but don’t expect the usual intriguing characters with twists & plot turns. So much more could have been written about Simon’s new handicap, but it was almost brushed under the carpet. Such a missed opportunity for empathy. I feel somewhat cheated!

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  • Bridie
  • 05-13-19

Boring in places

I think there was too much " padding" too many irrelevant details. There are too many sub plots.

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  • Gerard
  • 05-06-19

A series that has run its course

Rather a dull end, I hope, to this series of novels. No more of the same, please. Cat’s got married and gone to the private sector! Poor Simon loses an arm, but is none the worse for it. Next time perhaps a leg? The story motors along with the familiar neurosis, twittering on long after there’s anyone left caring. Plots don’t really matter when characters run to fat and are getting ready to fall of their perches. A happy ending at all events, and a merciful release for listeners. Surely the end has come.

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