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Summary

The fifth stunning thriller in the Kate Brannigan series, from best-selling author Val McDermid.

Kate Brannigan’s having a bad week. Her boyfriend’s death notice is in the paper and her plan to catch a team of fraudsters is in disarray.

Kate can’t even cry on her best friend’s shoulder, for Alexis has worries of her own. Her girlfriend’s pregnant, and when the doctor responsible for the fertility treatment is murdered, Alexis needs Kate like she’s never done before.

Delving into the alien world of medical experimentation, Kate confronts betrayal and cold-blooded greed as she fights to save not only her livelihood, but her life as well....

©1996 Val McDermid (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

“This is crime writing of the very highest order.” (The Times)

"Val McDermid remains unrivalled." (Observer)

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Really dull

This was incredibly boring. I persisted to nearly the end but it wasn’t worth it. The narration lacked light and shade but even with better narration I think it would still be a very very tedious story.

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Unsure of one.

Thus was a sad one, unlike the others, the ending was poignant,
I did wonder how the conclusion would come to be, without causing so much sadness.
I do have to say though the narrator's accent although excellent in terms of English tones, the Scottish accent which I am assuming was intended to be Glaswegian was at a loss, perhaps a little more practise would help.
So very sad at the end I actually cried.

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great characterization

I loved the believable characters and story line in this and reading performance was top notch

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Fast pace narration

Please, Chloe Massey, slow down your narrative when the story’s suspense increases! Your excitement adds appropriate atmosphere, yet your speed sometimes doesn’t give the listener sufficient time to pick up on all the actions and feelings of the moment.
Thank you for your excellent voice ‘painting’ of each of the characters - it is easy to distinguish one from another.

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Brilliant

This was my 6th book by Val Mcdermid. And I've enjoyed all emensly. All love the way Chloe Massey narrated. fantastic. on to the next.

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another great plot

loved it. certainly lived up to my expectations and as slways, I was disappointed when it came to an end. I love the humour.

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Flat delivery

I’m afraid the monotone delivery detracted from the clever, playful and magical content of the novel. More intonation and colour in the reader’s voice was needed to make it come alive. Too sneering to get across the author’s carefully constructed sentences.

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I would never have believed that Val McDermid
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Go girl...

Not sure about this book. The story line is ok but it is all a bit neat. I enjoy the characters and their interaction, relationships hope the next one has a better story.

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Brilliant mystery adventure PI book

Really enjoyable adventure with PI Brannigan I got pulled into book and put myself in Brannigan's place