The Last Straw

DCI Warren Jone, Book 1
Narrated by: Malk Williams
Series: DCI Warren Jones, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs
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When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies.

For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

Everything seems to point to one vengeful man but the financial potential of the professor’s pioneering research takes the inquiry in an intriguing and, for Jones and his team, dangerous direction.

©2014 Paul Gitsham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Really like this series

I personally liked the writing style of Paul Gitsham. The mystery is well plotted. Once again, for those of us who consume a lot of mysteries, the who done it was easy to figure out, but the journey was delightful. Looking forward to the whole cast of characters in future books. Have already downloaded the next. It is also refreshing to have a DCI not in a hateful relationship with his superiors. There was mild tension with the chief, just the right about of political pressure to be believed. Also, this is a family friendly book that can be listened to in the car with other people present.

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Good plot. Too much nonsense around it

You’d struggle to fit more naff generalizations into the 14 odd hours this book takes to endure. A shame, because the characters and plot were solid. There was too much rubbish fleshing it out.

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Might be a good new series

Might be a good new series. Not spoilt with too much of the police characters' social lives and with plenty of possible suspects the story developed at a reasonable pace. Narrated in an even tone by Mark Williams. Happy to try the next one at some point.

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Clever plotting and stale police conventions

There is much to like about this book--a lot of the policing and science is clever, but a potential resolution dependent on a complex murder conspiracy, is not terribly realistic. The other stuff--competitive colleagues, political superintendent, whinny wife not to mention a mother-in-law Henny Youngman would want you to take, are tired devices in the genre that should be retired. All said, the book is worth a listen but might have been better.

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Good effort but

good plot ideas and descriptions were drowned in an effluvia of irrelevant extra detail. Would have been a good book if he'd cut half of it out.

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A Good First in s Series

Initially the book started slow for me — lots of talk about scientific issues around studying bacteria. I got a little bored and almost returned the book but eventually decided to stick it out. I read s lot of British police procedurals and this one has the marks of sameness that I see in others without any strikingly original plot twists. However, I did enjoy the book and will read the next in the series in the hope that the author deepens character development.

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Exactly we’ll done, but...

Yep, I totally enjoyed Mark Williams’ reading of Paul Grisham’s cop-procedural tale. But, it’s a bit hard for a Yank like me to assimilate the Brits’ slower paced momentum. I own that problem and am working on it. Which means I shall buy the next DCI Warren Jones book very soon and, well, work on my problem as I enjoy - I hope - that book as much as this one.

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Cosy British detective story

Enjoyable even though not suspenseful or fast paced. I did find the way the main character DCI Jones has to constantly pander to his wife throughout the story annoying.
Narrator did a great job!

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instantly addicted to new series

This gripping mystery has crusty veteran coppers, attractive newbys, a twisting and twisted plot, lots of action, internal politics, and a truly nasty collection of murderous villlians. The author moves the story briskly along and I couldn't stop listening. The closing epilogue neatly ties everything up. The narrator does well with most of the voices except I had difficulty sometimes distinguishing between the two lead policemen. Lots of good police work and heroism make for a strong start for this series. Fans of British procedurals should be happy.

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Aces

I liked this book, it was a combo of plot and narration that made riveting.

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  • 11-09-18

Good story clouded by unnecessary padding

This is a well designed who, and indeed why done it. But my goodness tedious explanations of pasta and sauce and junior officers car only elongated not enhanced the tale or added atmosphere.
From my understanding a good editor would have helped .

Interesting insights, different background means personally will try another book which hopefully will be succinct without loosing nub of the story

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  • san2har
  • 09-14-18

Nevertheless.......

Good new police series. Complicated investigation with some twists as well as human errors but clearly explained. Some humour too with interesting and likeable characters making up the detective team, as well as peripheral characters, in the fictional town of Middlebury. The author overused the word ‘nevertheless’ and I found myself counting them. More editing required perhaps. ‘Nevertheless’ the story held my interest throughout and the narration was excellent.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 09-18-18

Good start to a new series

What begins as a fairly standard story, new DCI, stroppy DI, and a murder, turns into a well developed and thoroughly convoluted mystery, I was totally enthralled with the characters, their development, and the development of the overall storyline, I was certainly kept guessing the whole way through.
Malk Williams does an great job with the narration too.
A most entertaining 13 hours and I'm now two hours into book 2 which is shaping up to be just as good.

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  • Eryl Latham
  • 03-25-19

Very poor

Long winded and verbose a youngish DCi with an old mans voice awful accents and far to much repetition

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  • Linda
  • 01-25-19

Old fashioned but enjoyable

A curiously old fashioned sounding book, although it seems to be set in the present day. Reminded me of Midsummer Murders (with the new Barnaby). Nice, easy listen with likeable characters and reasonably good plot (although I did spot the final twist very early). No it doesn't set the world alight but if you like a non bloody thirsty who-dun-it then its certainly in the top half. My goodness though doesn't your heart go out to detectives - who (if there is any truth in it) seem to endlessly be bullied by superiors - and then at home by their wive who seem surprised they are not home at 5pm. Why they ever get married beats me! I'll certainly be downloading book 2 to see how the series progresses.

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  • Mrs CJ
  • 10-21-18

Easy listen

I quite enjoyed this, although I worked out whodunnit about halfway through which was a bit disappointing. The police characters were very well drawn. I will certainly give the second in the series a listen and see how I get on.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-15-19

Disapppointing

Slow paced and the characters lacked personality. Storyline was drawn out and could have been completed far more quockly.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 08-24-19

Had to send it back

Unfortunately I just couldn't get into this book. I only got to chapter 6 before sending it back. it just didn't hold my attention at all. it says it all in the name!