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  • Clean Break

  • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 4
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (373 ratings)

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Summary

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

When a Monet is stolen from a stately home, Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan goes head to head with organised crime as she hunts the thieves through Europe.

Meanwhile, someone is leaving a trail of bodies across the Northwest. As Kate confronts some harsh truths in her own life, the case stretches her love and loyalty to its limits.

©1995 Val McDermid (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good." (Ruth Rendell)

"A clever and exciting thriller." (Sunday Telegraph)

"The Queen of Crime is still at the top of her game." (Independent)

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Love the narrator

I have been listening to this series of books, and love the narrator's voice, the main characters are interesting, and the love story between Kate and Richard amusing.
Although they were written a while ago, they are still fresh.

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ok listen

The plot becomes too far fetched & ridiculous in the latter third. Almost gave up

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Enjoyable, but not as good as the previous books

It had the requisite mix of deceit, robbery, death and fraud to make it entertaining, but the overly frequent similes became irritating.
I don't know if Chloe Massey had been instructed to change her narration style, but this time round it was lacking in intonation, which detracted from the delivery of the story, with a couple of bizarre pronunciations. At least the awful Scouse accent remained consistent though.
It can't have been that bad, I've downloaded the next in the series.

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Engaging read

The narrator draws you into what is a really good story. I will definitely be continuing with the series

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Good story spoiled by poor narration

A narration which dulls the brain. Monotone and poor phrasing spoil a good story. Neither my wife nor I enjoyed this and that’s a first for a McDermid.

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Gripping!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, kept me gripped all the way through. Great Reading.
Quite intense, with plots, subplots, keeping the reader glued to the different story lines, hoping that the Heroine comes out in one piece.
just when you think you've solved the mystery it's takes you on another track.
Brilliant!

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Great Listen

Yet again, a great story! Very well narrated. Kept me interested and listened to book in quick time.

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Not as good as the Tony Hill series

I have generally been disappointed with this series of books. The characters are very weak, and the storylines not very believable. Keep reading them in the hope they will get better. Narration is excellent

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Narrator

Unfortunately. Bad narration ruined a good book . Like an automaton she reads without pause from punctuation. And as if she is bored !

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Outdated tech detracts from decent story

Every bit of tech is described is great detail, seems to form a large part of the story for whatever reason. This issue with this is that the book was Originally written 20+ years ago so it’s hugely outdated, dial up internet, fax machines, cassette tapes!! The audio book was recorded in 2019 so I found this surprising. It did detract from the story for me

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  • 10-02-20

narrative excellence

Chloe Massey has an amazing ability to make a story come to life for you