Simon Serrailler

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,885 ratings

Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story Publisher's Summary

When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero.

Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.

Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including ghost stories. The play of The Woman in Black is still running in London's West End after 25 years. I'm the King of the Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in this short story.

Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, published by Chatto & Windus, is the final title in the Serrailler series. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of King's College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.

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  • Book 0.5

    • Hero: A Simon Serrailler Short Story

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero. Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This 'story' makes no sense to me

    • By Pamela on 05-10-17

    Regular price: $2.06

  • Book 1

    • The Various Haunts of Men

    • Simon Serrailler 1
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • From the thoughts of the murderer....

    • By Hilary on 11-19-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Various Haunts of Men

    • A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 841
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 732
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 730

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the best....

    • By karen on 06-12-11

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  • Book 2

    • The Pure in Heart

    • Simon Serrailler 2
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 453
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 383

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A New - and unusual - Favorite Series

    • By Carole T. on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $20.34

  • Book 3

    • The Risk of Darkness

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    A kidnapper is at large; a schoolboy has disappeared. There are no leads, and no closure. The police have failed, and morale at Lafferton Station has collapsed. Then DCI Simon Serrailler receives a call: a child has been snatched in Yorkshire. Has the abductor struck again? The Risk of Darkness picks up where The Pure in Heart left off. It is set in a world in which a widowed husband's crazy grief turns to obsession and violence, and women - both old and young - feel threatened.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this Series

    • By Janet H. Maddox on 10-09-13

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    • The Risk of Darkness

    • Simon Serrailler 3
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 213

    Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nail biting story and brilliant narration

    • By Nancy on 09-10-12

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  • Book 4

    • The Vows of Silence

    • Simon Serrailler 4
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 192

    Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • taut writing, narrator perfect - read in order!!!

    • By Ruth on 11-21-10

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Vows of Silence

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Melanie shops happily for supper the day after her return from her honeymoon but when she gets back from the supermarket there is someone other than her new husband waiting for her... and she won't survive the encounter to talk about it. Tanya and Dan, who have been married that day, slip back into town to enjoy the fun of Lafferton's "Jug" Fair. Also in the throng among the roundabouts and coconut shies are middle-aged Helen and Phil who are planning their wedding.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this book, love this series.

    • By Janet H. Maddox on 10-28-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 5

    • The Shadows in the Street

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable

    • By Tracey Rains on 02-07-11

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    • Shadows in the Street

    • Simon Serrailler 5
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up an exhausting and difficult case for SIFT – Special Incident Flying Taskforce – and is on a sabbatical on a Scottish island when he is recalled to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have vanished and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

    Regular price: $20.34

  • Book 6

    • The Betrayal of Trust

    • A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 223

    Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - is exposed; 20 years have passed, and the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series; this one not my favorite

    • By Janet H. Maddox on 11-22-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Betrayal of Trust

    • Simon Serrailler 6
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Half of Lafferton is afloat. A landslip on the Moor has closed the bypass and, as the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are exposed. It doesn’t take long to identify the remains as those of the missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, last seen carrying a tennis racket while waiting for a bus. But that was 16 years ago.

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  • Book 7

    • A Question of Identity

    • Simon Serrailler, Book 7
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered - dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death, but keep some details secret while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • A Question of Identity

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    A particularly unpleasant murder - that of a very old woman in a housing project - rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting

    • By Chalis on 04-28-17

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 8

    • The Soul of Discretion

    • Simon Serrailler Book 8
    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 264

    The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, but content warning

    • By Catherine on 05-21-16

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 8.5

    • A Breach of Security

    • By: Susan Hill
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 669
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 574

    When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • So glad I found this free story!

    • By connie on 10-24-14

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