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The Murder Wall

DCI Kate Daniels, Book 1
Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Series: DCI Kate Daniels, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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The Murder Wall is Maria Hannah's first gripping crime novel featuring DCI Kate Daniels.  

Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives Daniels another chance to get it right, and her first case as Senior Investigating Officer. When Daniels recognises the corpse but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being watched. 

As Daniels steps closer to finding a killer, a killer is only a breath away from claiming his next victim.... 

©2018 Mari Hannah (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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The Ending....

Well, it was a bit rushed.....could have used a few more ends tied up.

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  • Annie
  • 12-25-18

Wasted an hour and a half on this

Impossible to connect with the characters in this book, when the author clearly doesn't care enough about them to use their first names - got really fed up with the main female character being referred to as 'Daniels' all the time - most crime novels give you some insight into their characters' private lives and emotions, but after an hour and a half I have given up. Far too much minute detail about police procedures. Bored by this and have stopped reading it and will ask to return it.

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  • Jeminar
  • 11-17-18

What I didn't like...

Unusually, I never got into this book, finding it tedious at best, and yet I still read to the rather than rather than returning. I think this was because I didn't really understand why I disliked it so much... so, here's my guesswork.

*Narration*: the accent wasn't geordie, and occasionally twanged posh. However, she never pronounces her letter t. It didn't sound right, and felt like a London accent trying to be geordie. I strongly recommend listening to the audio sample, in case, as it was to me, this is deeply irritating to you.

*Character development*: the author tries to develop character, but the style seems to be very short sentences and equally short developments. Perhaps that's "punchy", but I just felt it didn't work. It ended up being a long series of statements, but nothing especially probing.

*Plot interest*; In the last chapters, motive is revealed. Then it was interesting. But, like the rest of the book, it was a punchy series of this was the start, this was the next, now we're the end. Without timing it, I think that must have been 5 minutes total.

*So many pointless descriptions:* There were so many pointless details, which had no bearing whatsoever on the scene, story, character or anything. It sounded more like a child recounting an exciting day with their friends at a theme park, highlighting the bits they found fun regardless of whether it contributed to the overall readers' understanding of their day, rather than an author creating a novel with every word designed to feed the finale.

*SO... who might like this?*

It's a pretty basic story. It's pretty locally interesting to Newcastle, UK. It doesn't say much about UK police. It doesn't say much about misogyny. It doesn't reveal much about psychopathy. And it jumps about enough to be difficult for people who want a book on in the background.

I really don't know who'd like this.

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  • Bathos
  • 04-19-19

Great start to a series.

I really enjoyed this book and have already bought the next one in the series. I loved the characters and getting to know more about them. The reasons for the murders kept me guessing to the end.

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  • mark
  • 03-14-19

very dull bordering on boring

there's not much to say positive about this book although I did finish it it was extremely dull and boring

firstly the characters sent to be one dimensional no backstory no real emotion or what drives them was explained or come across.

the narrator voice also was boring I would have thought someone with a more regional accents where the book was said would have been a better choice

brought up a lot of police slogan or technicality that weren't really relevant to the story

but it might improve as the series develops I don't think I will continue to read the next book