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  • A Body on the Beach

  • The Rejoiner, Book 1
  • By: P. F. Ford
  • Narrated by: Andy Cresswell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

These were supposed to be his golden years. But he’s much happier with something to do...like solve a murder.

Former detective sergeant Norman Norman’s retirement is boring him to tears. So when he’s asked to assist an upcoming female DI and mentor a new team of misfits in a sleepy Welsh coastal town, he jumps at the opportunity to lend his expertise. But the training has barely begun when a woman’s corpse washes up on the sand.

With no reports of missing persons, DS Norman is stumped...until the post-mortem reveals a shocking hint to the culprit being local. But with a growing list of suspects who all have iron-clad alibis, the experienced cop and his fledgling team’s first case could be their last.

Will DS Norman’s reinvigorated career end in a fizzer, or can he help his young charges nab a devious killer?

A Body on the Beach is the fast-paced first audiobook in the Rejoiner mystery series. If you like smart policemen, perfect British settings and a complex web of clues, then you’ll love P.F. Ford’s captivating whodunit.

©2020 P.F. Ford (P)2021 W F Howes

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Very slow took ages to get going

The story is very slow to get going and even then it doesn’t really peak. Poor and simplistic character portrait. The narration is awful - like a children’s story with no tension built and very poor voice changes between characters. I wouldn’t recommend sorry!

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  • Donna
  • 16-01-22

3+

There is a lot of promise in this Book One
police procedural set in Wales. It is a good
plot though a bit overdone toward the end
A promise of cold case adventures in upcoming
books sounds promising. Interesting
characters, some humor, a lovely diatribe over Welsh language/ prnunciations, spellings and sign posts with the names of 2 towns for one place...
I liked it and will be on the lookout for more., I
expect author and editors will smooth out the
bumps in forensics.

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  • Brett L. Ramsey
  • 16-04-22

Not Exactly Original

Admittedly, Ford’s story reminds me of Gatward’s DCI Harry Grimm series, Helen Fields’ DI Callenach series, Denzil Meyrick’s DCI Daley series, and Nick Louth’s DCI Craig Gillard series when listening to A Body on the Beach. Not bad company, but not original, either. Check the authors above out, and you will see my point. Ford has solid groundwork, and hopefully, the series continuously improves to the level that it stands out from the others significantly.

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  • missy50s
  • 03-05-22

Slow to Develop the Story

This story gets off to a very slow start. The main characters spend most of their time alternately criticizing and building one another up. The mystery is secondary to establishing who’s in charge and who needs to learn what. Perhaps once all this is worked out future books will be able to focus on the mystery.