Summary

On leave from her job in Newcastle upon Tyne following the death of her lover, DS Abby Foulkes is on Skiathos with their young son, Johnny. But just as they begin to relax, Johnny finds human bones in a wood near a Greek monastery on a hillside above Skiathos town. It isn't long before Abby discovers that this isn't the first set of bones to be found. When someone disappears from the Hibiscus Fruit hotel where they are staying, Abby is drawn into the mystery.
©2014 Alison M Gray (P)2015 Alison M Gray
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3 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 15-06-18

Puttin something right.. means letting people down

The book starts well with the discovery of a spiral of human bones on a Greek island where Detective Abby Foulkes is holidaying with her seven years old son, Johnny, following the murder of his father, her partner, three months before. Other piles of bones had been found recently, too, she discovers. And the following plot, though convoluted, is reasonable. Unfortunately, it is the main protagonist, Abby herself, who is the destructive entity in the story: for someone who had raised herself through the force to reach her position, she was whiney, indecisive and constantly obsessing about her son. Yes, she'd recently lost her significant other and was possibly still under a death threat herself (so why, one has to ask, remove herself and her son from the protection offered by the force in England to go trailing through the stranger-danger environment of Greece, despite the beautiful isolation and memories it rekindled?): all the more reason to be with Johnny and not involving herself in another country's police work whilst agonising about his safety. She was a most irritating and juvenile protagonist, this reader had to keep reminding herself that Abby was not a newbie police cadet.

To add to the irritation, narrator Lisa Angelino, although having a pleasant voice, with clear delivery and innunciation, read with a 'Listen with Mother' affectation which made everything sound rather twee. Her English had a slight Antipodean (?) hint, and some pronunciations were distractingly strange, for example 'surgen' rather than sergeant, and Newcastle was given a two word rendering as New Castle. Her voicings for the other characters emerged better in the latter half of the book, but her vocalisation of the child, Johnny, was always good.

Hibiscus Fruit is a story which would probably really appeal to older children who could engage with Abby's angst ridden concerns without criticism and empathise with Johnny, whilst provided with the thrills and danger inherent in the story which comes without much overt violence.
My thanks to the rights holder from whom I received, at my request, a freely gifted complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It will be interesting to find out if Abby manages to grow up after her return to England.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 25-03-16

Hibiscus Fruit

Is there anything you would change about this book?

narrator

Would you recommend Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise to your friends? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

This is a very slow moving book.The plodding of the story nearly made me give up on it.Lisa Angelini does a very dry reading,sometimes it sounds like she is recording in a can.Abby takes her son on holiday to try to work through her husbands death.She is a police woman.On the island her son finds bones and a story of other bones,murder and betrayal plays out.s.l.o.w.l.y...
There is a lot of disbelief by many people in this book.The back and forth repetitive observances surrounding this is at times unbearable.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review

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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 27-05-18

Well done first book in a Mystery series.

With a well crafted plot and interesting characters this is an entertaining mystery that
creates interest for the next few books in the series.

With all the elements of a compelling Mystery this book will interest many individuals
who enjoy this genre.

The Narrator did a average job with the material.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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4 out of 5 stars
By James & Cindy Jackson on 31-07-17

A good mystery that keeps you guessing

Would you try another book from Alison Gray and/or Lisa Angelini?

Yes

If you’ve listened to books by Alison Gray before, how does this one compare?

This was my first book of Alison Gray I have listened to

Which scene was your favorite?

On the boat about to be raped

Was Hibiscus Fruit: Where Grief Leads to Murder in Paradise worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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