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  • A Lesson in Dying

  • Inspector Ramsay, Book 1
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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A Lesson in Dying

By: Ann Cleeves
Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
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Summary

Ann Cleeves Classic Crime - engaging mysteries to savour, beloved characters to meet again

A Lesson in Dying is the first mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series.

Who hung the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Halloween Party?

Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster’s enigmatic wife but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence.

With the help of his restless daughter Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness . . .

Continue the detective series with Murder in My Backyard.

©1990 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Not the level of writing seen in the Vera or shetlands stories . Story not convincing

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Not Vera or Perez but…

…a pretty good, well constructed and interesting story nonetheless. And beautifully performed by the excellent Simon Mattacks. Recommended.

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Not one of her best

A little disappointing. Simon Mattacks reading was very good but not enough to pad out what was a rather thin story. I have always enjoyed Anne Cleeves books but this one left me feeling a little flat.

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Disappointing

Having read many books by the same author and enjoyed them this story lacked pace and interest. Closer to certain awful M C Beaton books!
Unbelievable characters and plots all mashed up.

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Very good plot

Couldn’t stop listening to it. Very good plot. Excellent voices from the reader. Very believable.

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Good performance

Not as good a Vera or Shetland, but easy listening. I actually guessed the murderer halfway through

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Totally uninspiring storyline

I realise this is cozy crime but what repetitive, dull & uninteresting storyline. Why does the narrator say the main characters' name every 10 seconds. So disappointed in Ann Cleeves. it's a long way from the excellent Shetland & Vera. What a waste of my money.

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Disappointing

Like most people I found this disappointing having read Ann Cleeves later novels and loved them - the narration was also very monotone

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Dated,implausible, lacklustre story.

Gosh what a turkey!
Quality of narration really good especially given the poor quality of the writing.

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Not great

Screaming every time the narrator mispronounced Heminevrin.
Very poor compared to other books by Ann Cleeves

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