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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling third novel starring London psychotherapist-turned-detective Frieda Klein - from internationally best-selling author Nicci French

Nicci French’s Blue Monday and Tuesday’s Gone introduced the brilliant yet reclusive psychotherapist Frieda Klein to widespread critical acclaim, but Waiting for Wednesday promises to be her most haunting case yet.

Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case.

When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection. Is Frieda getting closer to unraveling either case? Or is she just the victim of her own paranoid, fragile mind? Because, as Frieda knows, every step closer to a killer is one more step into a darkness from which there may be no return....

Flawlessly executed, Waiting for Wednesday is a penetrating, twisted novel of murder and neurosis with a jaw-dropping climax that will linger in listeners’ minds long after they have heard the last page.

©2014 Nicci French (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Simultaneously interesting and infuriating

I did not enjoy this book as much I enjoyed the first two Frieda Klein books. In this particular story I found her to be far more annoying. The thread that sets her off on her "mystery tour" felt really weak. I just kept thinking "why are you doing this? Who cares?!". And then her being so closed off from everyone around her was just annoying. So much going unsaid was frustrating, but not enough to stop listening. I'll continue in the series, but man I hope she gets herself together. 😄

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  • RAMON
  • Gray, TN, United States
  • 06-13-14

A well written , well performed name mystery.

This is a modern English mystery whose characters suffer modern trials of bureaucratic politics and professional jealously. The mysteries themselves are not obvious nor predictable. The characters are interesting and believable even if some situations and motivations are a stretch. There is a serious undercurrent to the story of the murder of the perfect suburban housewife. This is the consequences of our actions and choices. I found it a thoughtful and entertained tale with a likable protagonist.

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  • GW
  • 07-09-14

Can't get enough of Frieda!

What made the experience of listening to Waiting for Wednesday the most enjoyable?

The main character is very refreshing. She is very no nonsense and very practical. I also love the way the author holds back details of the main character's life and slowly reveals them in each new book. I have read all three available books with Frieda Klein as the main character and am looking forward to the next one.

What other book might you compare Waiting for Wednesday to and why?

Well, naturally, I would compare it to the first two books in the series, but perhaps because of the lead character's profession and her relationship with the police, the story reminds me slightly of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathon Kellerman. The setting and the personalities of the characters are naturally, different, but the books are the same in that they are through the eyes of someone working with the police but not a police office.

What does Beth Chalmers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the feel of London. I dislike it when a story with characters that are British or Scottish or German is read in an American accent. I like the flavor of hearing the story in the accent that the characters are supposed to have. Also, she has a wonderfully expressive voice and the difference between characters and who is speaking is instantly apparent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh in sections of this one and I also found myself holding my breath a time or two.

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It's gonna be a long week - same thing, new day

Would you try another book from Nicci French and/or Beth Chalmers?

I don't know - this is the third in this series and it is clear that the books are a bit formulaic. Though Frieda and Carlson are moderately well developed characters, the secondary characters are fairly one dimensional and the background characters are ludicrously, predictably stock. They nearly all react with snide, snippy, self-defensive anger. The press is always twisting things around, is easily manipulated by the antagonists, and is always out to get poor, poor Frieda. Poor, poor Frieda is misunderstood, misrepresented, and falsely accused, ad nauseam. After book three, it's tiresome and cheap. In an effort to build drama, it's not fair to keep involving Frieda with characters whose actions and reactions follow the same pattern again and again and which are far, far from realistic - we're talking beyond soap opera.

Would you recommend Waiting for Wednesday to your friends? Why or why not?

No - for the above mentioned reasons. I was annoyed by the obvious character manipulations in the first book - and by book three it's just kinda silly, which sad, because otherwise the books could be good. If only they'd deal with the mystery in a much more straight forward manner and spend much less time trying to elicit sympathy for poor Frieda.

Have you listened to any of Beth Chalmers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, for the other Frieda Klein books and perhaps for others, too. I think she does a very good job. I don't care for the voice she bestows on Carlson - but everyone else comes across OK.

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Great as usual

Dr. Freda Klein protagonist
Dr. Bradshaw antagonist
Detective Carlson protagonist And friend of Frida
Police commissioner antagonist of detective Carlson
Joseph from the Ukraine, a friend of Frida
Chloe, Dr. Klein‘s niece
Dean, Serial killer, protector of Dr. Klein until it’s time for him to get rid of her.
Running through this Series like shadows in Casablanca,
Taking a walk
Rivers and streams, some buried some covered, all going to the Themes

Dr. Klein always trying to do the right thing even if it means breaking the law. Always trying to help someone and save someone. She was not able to save her father who committed suicide when she was at age 15.

Detective Carlson, Divorced with two sons, his wife remarried and his wife and sons now live in another country, Spain so he is unable to visit them except for a couple of times each year But then something arises causing conflict about whether he should stay with his sons or whether he needs to attend to police business.

Joseph is always trying to do good but he starts something and it leads to the need to do additional work. Language jokes/puns also add to comedic breaks to these books about investigations of murder.

Although Nicci French is not a real person but two people, and it is unknown if French is related to Tana French, Tana French‘s books are more individual and less of a serial. Tana French writing is vastly superior to that of Nicci French. Tana French books also I am more intellectual and give one more to think about. Nicci French books are more like sitcom police procedurals.

The narrator for Nicci French books is amazing. Without her the audiobooks would not work. She clearly differentiate the many different characters.

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Liking Frieda Klein - Still Love the Stories

I have had difficulty "liking" the main character in spite of her great intelligence, skill and success. But author Nicci French has slowly developed her, adding details, explaining history, and I finally feel empathy for her. I appreciate the author's patient approach to this gradual exposure!

The stories are absolutely fabulous, and the narrator is perfect! I look forward to the rest of the series.

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I feel like Frieda Klein's patient

How can I do a rational review? The reader is Frieda Klein. I am her patient. I am addicted to her voice. Must rush through this to get the next book and resume my extended session. In each book she has a feeling/intuition that leads to the solving of a crime. It is almost science fiction but I can't get enough. Gotta go.

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Frieda does it again!

When the police fail to see the big picture, Frieda always seems to see all sides and figure out what is the truth.

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Suspenseful...

Great build up of plot and characters. The story had a plot within a plot and kept you guessing.

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What Will We Do When We Finish the Week?

Will we lose Dr Frieda Klein's? Will she go away? Can't wait to get started on the books for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I read Thursday's book first. That was fortunate because the first two - Monday and Tuesday - were just a little slow so the good doctor seemed a bit ponderous. This one, Waiting for Wednesday, was t best of the four. Since it has been a while since I read Thursday's book I am going to read it again before I start Friday.

If you haven't met Dr Klein, her loyal friend, Joseph, and her strange menagerie of followers, I highly recommend you choose a rainy afternoon, a comfy armchair, some tasty snacks, and a glass or two of your favorite wine. Download the books and get started. You are in for a treat.

I always wonder how many books others read and if they read only one book at a time. As for myself, I read or listen to at least one book a day. I like to listen while I work.