Summary

Coroner Martha Gunn is among the first to be called to the scene when a man's body is found in a small cottage fronting the river. Floating face-down in the rising water, it appears to have been raised from the cellar by the flood. In the dark and fetid cottage, Martha's instincts tell her that this is a homicide - a hunch borne out by the post mortem. But there are many questions about the dead man's identity. He is initially thought to be James Humphreys, a respectable, middle-aged businessman who had rented the cottage a couple of months ago, and had recently gone missing. The corpse certainly fits his description. Yet when Mr Humphreys' wife, Cressida, comes to identify the body, she is adamant that it is not her husband. So who is it? Why has he been murdered? And where has the real Mr Humphreys gone?
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©2004 Priscilla Masters; (P)2004 WF Howes Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 06-09-16

Such a disappointing book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing. This book gives the impression of being two story ideas tacked together. But even tacking two story concepts together did not give the author enough material and so there are many instances of meandering space filling sections stuffed into this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Priscilla Masters again?

No

What three words best describe Patricia Gallimore’s voice?

Dreadful male voices

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mounting frustration.

Any additional comments?

Unbelievable main plot, a sub plot that might never have existed as it just sort of disappeared. So many aspects of the story that were just ridiculous in the end I was waiting for the next ridiculous situation to arrive

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dana on 10-12-09

Great read

This is a very good book. I love Martha and her side need of playing sleuth as well as being a coroner. She is a smart and intriguing character. I look forward to reading more about Martha and her cases. The reader is very good as well. I think a reader can make or break even a good book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 02-03-13

A bit slow moving, but good listen

If you could sum up River Deep: Martha Gunn, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, meandering, surprise-ending

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, far from it. It is the story of Martha Gunn, a coroner who is technically and ethically not supposed to be doing any detecting on her own, but whose natural curiosity pushes her into it anyway. This is not a fast-paced CSI style book, but comes closer to the slowly unfolding classic detective story--with the twist that the main character is not allowed to be a snoop. Part of what is interesting are the ways she can get around the rules to do that anyway.

What about Patricia Gallimore’s performance did you like?

I thought she did a good job of making all the voices clear and distinct, but a few sounded rather "forced." I found myself wishing she might have read just a tad faster, but she still did a good enough job with the book.

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

It has a good, unexpected ending.

Any additional comments?

I felt that Martha's character was well-developed. I had a good sense of who she is, what had occurred in her background to bring her to where she is in the book, but the other characters (mostly those she works with) we're sadly undeveloped (to my taste), but that leaves room for more in future books in the series.

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