Skinner's Rules : Bob Skinner

  • by Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by James Bryce
  • Series: Bob Skinner
  • 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As head of Edinburgh's CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all...but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer's fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.
What eventually emerges is an elaborate smokescreen shrouding a deep-rooted and intricate conspiracy. Now, whatever the danger to himself, Skinner is determined that in Edinburgh, at least, folk will abide by his rules.

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Customer Reviews

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Very engaging

What did you like most about Skinner's Rules?

Some deviations on procedural. Is based in I guess the 1980s and reflects that in some of the technical detail.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggie - one of the DCs and very sympathetic


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene at the Edinburgh debate - believable in many ways, although the set up is somewhat obvious - bringing 'staff' in so late with a single point of failure would simply not have been done and the delay could have been dealt with by getting them to walk!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened over several journeys in the car


Any additional comments?

A good listen, although some of the more frustrating procedural moments (thinking that they could not/would not have done this turns out to be the means by which the author concludes the plot. Fun though.

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- Dr. R. Taylor

Sorry not for me

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

A more realistic story, To be fair the story started really well but quite quickly went into the realms of the unbelievable, I could have coped with that but I felt the narration was dreadful and some of the main voices did not ring true.


What will your next listen be?

Probably a Rebus as the storylines are tight and the narrator James MacPherson is excellent.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Greatly I am afraid. The characterisations did not work for me at all,


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- Craig

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2013
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd