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Dead Woman's Ditch. The site of a grisly 200-year-old murder - and a recent hit-and-run. When a young woman's body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset's Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate.

They find a community gripped by fear and superstition. The locals won't venture out at night, believing there's a man stalking the hills - a phantom cloaked in folklore and legend, keeping the sinister legacy of Dead Woman's Ditch alive.

Confronted by a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to their own squad, Lockyer and Bennett will have to accept what they can't see before they can find what's really there....

©2017 Clare Donoghue (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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This series gets better and better!

This series keeps getting better, as the primary characters become more complex. I started listening because Imogen Church narrates, which is a compelling reason to try to a book; and I liked the first two novels; but the last two are stellar. Thanks Clare Donaghue, please keep them coming!

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...and this time, narrator overcame Wind / wind

...block that I have heard even THIS narrator pronounce incorrectly (pronouncing the word wind as in. "the wind is blowing" for such setences as "she winds her hair around her finger" 5 stars for improving Imogen!

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A struggling mystery

This book starts so well but as it gathers a faster pace it veers into grand confusion. I like the London detective duo and the use of history from 1789. The story line develops well, so well I carved time in my day to listen. If you can forgive the silly ending you will have a good read.

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  • Charlotte
  • 09-11-17

Confused

Several issues with this book!!! The ending of the non historical plot is for me inconclusive. Why was Pippa murdered and what was in the letters????????? What is their relevance???!!!!Unfinished plot. The author uses the same phrase "stretching the word" multiple times!!!!! Finally the use of a male actor to do the main male parts in book 1 was excellent. Sadly the female narrator who carries on solo in subsequent books lets the books down when trying to do male voices esp the main male character.

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  • George A Bear
  • 08-28-17

Lockyer and Bennett- book 4

When a young woman's body is found at the macabre landmark, Dead Woman's Ditch, in Somerset's Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in from South East London to ‘support the local’ investigation.

They find a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to one of their own colleagues.


Lockyer and Bennett find themselves dealing with local superstitious tales and beliefs as well as a growing number of deaths

I love the characters and stories in this series.

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  • gill
  • 08-27-17

Possibly the worst audio book I've ever heard!

Terrible plot! The Quantocks (incorrectly pronounced) are not exactly scarey and not everyone in Somerset is a numpty! Implausible and hammily narrated. I kept listening to see if it improved, but it degenerated into complete rubbish. I couldn't manage the final half hour so if it suddenly took an upturn, I missed it. Shame!

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  • Alison
  • 09-15-17

Really average story

First time I've listened to a DI Lockyer book and I won't rush to listen to another. A really average story that I struggled to listen to all the way through. Am afraid I'll be returning this.

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  • Cheffersmrs
  • 09-05-17

Good Listen

I have enjoyed listening to this story and how the characters developed . I would definitely recommend the book.

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  • Scorpio48
  • 09-01-18

Slow to get going

Slow to get going but once it did wow!! Great story and narrator was excellent.
One thing that annoyed me was the amount of times “drawing out the word” was said. Hope there’s another one in the series as I’ve enjoyed them all so far

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  • Kelly
  • 06-27-18

a great book

a great listen , good plot and th character are deep and interesting, the plot twists are not expected and chip up on your a great story highly recommend

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  • N Sullivan
  • 02-07-18

Disappointing

What disappointed you about The Night Stalker?

The story was confusing and longwinded. It was like the author had to fill pages and just came up with the most convoluted dull plot possible.

What will your next listen be?

Not one of these.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'd like to see a return to the male and female narrator. The narrator wasn't bad and she could only work with the material she was given but I struggled to listen to all of this.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. I'm trying really hard but it really had nothing going for it. I actually think 2 stars was too generous but the author has some goodwill as I've enjoyed her last two books.

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  • jackie
  • 12-23-17

just wow

this was one fantastic story. there was so many turns and twists it was difficult to switch off. i hope there are more books in this series in the future. Imogen church was brilliant as usual

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  • Susan Random
  • 09-20-17

The Night Stalker

Despite rewinding huge chunks of the book and trying to concentrate harder, I just found this book quite dull. This is a crying shame because Donoghue's previous books have been brilliant. Why on earth would two Met CID officers be sent to Somerset to take over another DI's case? Also, isn't it handy that DS Jane Bennett's parents have also moved to the west country? And as for DI Mike Lockyer's daughter's boyfriend's involvement - that surely would rule him out of any measured investigation?

The plot seemed to ape the various 'Midsomer Murder' plots.

I didn't really like Imogen Church's narration this time - her rendition of the female characters was far too overwrought and drawn out and the male characters seemed bizarre.

It's a no from me. Send Lockyer and Bennett back to Lewisham please.