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Narrator Nigel Carrington's performance is theatrical in the best sense of the word, hitting all the exciting beats of this John Coffin mystery. Commander Coffin is investigating the disappearance of Amy Dean and her boyfriend Martin, but he is finding it unusually difficult to get any information out of their friends or the shelter for battered women where Amy and Martin's ex-girlfriend Virginia - who was killed a year before - used to volunteer. Complicating matters are the pressure from Amy's father, who was once Coffin's partner, and the anonymous warnings Coffin is receiving about his relationship with actress Stella Pinero. Carrington's versatility shines with his characterizations, which are executed with gusto.

Summary

Student Amy Dean has disappeared with her boyfriend Martin - a year after Martin's former girlfriend Virginia was found beaten to death. The connection between the two incidents seems clear - but John Coffin, Commander of the police, discovers that both girls worked at Star Court House.

©1992 Gwendoline Butler (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Nigel Carrington, super narrator.

A fine delivery of a well written story. Nigel's characterisation makes this quite good novel a joy to listen to.

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Dull As Dishwater

I've listened to books 4 - 6 and enjoyed them, so I thought it was the same with this one. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Almost throughout I felt like I was listening to a combination of the most boring lecture you can imagine and a very long shopping list being read out. The stars I've given are for about the last 20 minutes of the story, which is the only time it came alive.

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A "cracking" read/listen

Wow! this had a change of pace compared to the John Coffin novels I'd listened to before. In a review of an earlier John Coffin novel, I'd called it "comfortable and leisurely"....this book starts of in the leisurely way I'd become used to (I've been"binge" listening to this series of books thanks to Audible's Plus catalogue) but as it progressed it starts to become darker and half way through became "edge of your seat". Gwendoline Butler is truly marvellous. So often I've read/listened to book series with a central character throughout, and they become"samey" and I lose interest, but not with this author. A really great listen/read and the narrator is brilliant.

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narrative was dull

i was thinking of reading series but after one attempt to listen to this story i had to abandon this book due to narrative which i found dull and really irritating .