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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Potentially Good Story - Told Badly

The premise to this is great. The narration is ok. But the way the story is written is so unappealing to me. If there has been comparisons to Lee Child. They should be ignored. This author is currently not as good as Lee Child, he has the potential but he's not there yet. For example, it won't take you long to surmise who the bad guy is. That's a shame, because it then highlights all the 'errors' that you feel are being made.

Also, I really could feel no empathy for the teenager! None at all. So I really only cared about what happened to Seth... I really liked him, even though I thought that some elements of his thought process were irritating!

Finally - for now - the author did something that I associated with Tom Clancy in his earlier novels, but instead of guns, it was speaker boxes. I found it tedious. And unnecessary.

Notwithstanding all of this, I stayed the course. The last 4 chapters are good. Not brilliant, but worth hearing.
So, I hope that he gets better, I shall keep following him, it may be worth it some day!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I Did NOT See That Coming!

The blurb on the back will lead you to believe that this is your typical Miss Dortune tale. It is not! Yes it has its typical Gertie howlers, but the story is complex and engrossing and quire complicated.

You will enjoy it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Walking the Gator like a dog...

That's about all you need to know about this book. If you're a fan of the Miss Fortune series, you will know exactly was doing that! So I need tell you no more, because you won't believe me anyway!

Hurry up! Buy it! Enjoy!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Quite Ordinary

I read a few of the reviews before purchasing this - not that I needed to be convinced, I enjoy every story. However, these 3 felt a bit 'ordinary', not fully fleshed out and in the first one, hardly credible.

As for the other 2, I don't know if it is me, but they had more of a short story, hurriedly finished, feel about them. The last one - who set the fire? The second one - (well I can't ask that question without spoiling the tale). Normally, there's more to the narrative, but not on this occasion.

A couple of reviews said something about Jack and Sarah's burgeoning relationship! I didn't see it! I could be wrong, but it just didn't seem that anything extraordinary was going on. Time will tell. But I would say: "Move along now. Nothing to see here."

If you're already a Cherringham fan, this is still good value for money. But it's just, ordinary.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Gossip Kills

J. D Robb never disappoints! If this is your first encounter with Eve Dallas, you're way too late and can't start here - even though this book is both interesting and intriguing.

I love the forays into the etymology of a word! You don't question it yourself until that moment. Definitely a 'page turner', Susan Ericksen is a fantastic narrator, doing the accents and the genders perfectly!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Enjoyable Romp - Not Perfect But Passable

I enjoy this genre of fiction, so it was nice to discover this series. However the narrator's depiction of Lady Amanda is quite grating and requires getting used to. The inspector is foolish and therefore implausible and the story could have done with a little bit of tidying about the crime. However, I shall persevere.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Synopsis more intriguing than the actual content

This is no Bridgette Jones! The anticipation of this is let down by the childishness of the content! It would be very sad if this is a true representation of 20 somethings.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Phew!

This was Amazing and heart racing! I have a few niggles, but not enough to say that this wasn't an amazing story. The narrator is very good - even though I still have an issue with how he pronounces one of the character names. But it's better pronounced than the last time.

Read the books in order, you will get far more enjoyment from them. In my opinion, the first and this third book are the best stories.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Great Story - Poor Narrator

Ordinarily Jef Harding is a great narrator but, because I had listened to ‘The Colour Of Law’ immediately preceding this, it was jarring hearing how Jef pronounced some of the characters names (1 in particular), as opposed to how it was previously (& I assume, correctly) pronounced by Pete Bradbury. Especially given that the name was supposed to be French! It really grated on me and spoilt that aspect of the story for me!

Overall, the story was really engrossing - the ending was a shock! I am now committed to reading ‘The Absence Of Guilt’.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Great book

This is a great story. I won't give a synopsis, because the outline given is good enough. Instead I'll explain my 3 star rating. There were parts of this book where the story was so intriguing and gripping, that I just wanted to race along and find out what was next. However, Mark Gimemez took the opportunity to stop and describe things! Described the surrounding area, described how a certain person was thinking or feeling, or described the destination, or something else that, quite honestly, I really wasn't interested in!

So that took away one star. The next star removal was due to the procedural aspect of the defence - and that's all I can say about it without giving away anything. However, that aspect may not spoil it for you, so don't let my bias dissuade you. This is a great story.

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