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  • Death in Focus

  • Elena Standish, Book 1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Polly Edsell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

New York Times best-selling author Anne Perry brings us an exciting new thriller of espionage and murder set across Europe in the 1930s. The world is on the brink of war, and no one is to be trusted as young photographer Elena Standish becomes embroiled in a terrifying game of cat and mouse....

It is 1933, and Europe is a place of increasing fear and violence. Young British photographer Elena Standish is on assignment in Amalfi when she meets Ian Newton, a charming Englishman with whom she falls in love. But what does she really know about him?

Accompanying him on a train across Italy to Paris, she finds him critically stabbed and dying. He tells her he is a member of Britain's Secret Service, on his way to Berlin to warn MI6 so that they can foil a plot to assassinate one of Hitler's vilest henchmen and blame Britain for it, thus causing a devastating diplomatic crisis. Elena promises to deliver the message. But she is too late and finds herself fleeing for her life.

Meanwhile Lucas Standish, secret head of MI6 during the war, learns that his beloved granddaughter is being hunted in Berlin for murder. With Elena on the run, and at least one traitor in the British embassy, it is impossible to know who to trust....

©2019 Anne Perry (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • 29-10-21

Anne Perry foine. Narrator Zero.

I have enjoyed every Anne Perry book I've read in every medium. But, the narrator for this novel destroys the story. I cannot listen to her without wincing as she continuously 'puts on' supposed upper class accents. She cannot manage a male voice and her female voices are insipid. I gave her a chance. I listened to six excrutiating chapters. The audible purchase was a waste of money. Instead, I shall borrow the book from the library.

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Great story as always by Anne Perry

Story is excellent but the reader is very poor. You have to try and ignore the dreadful plummy accent that she gives several of the characters.

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I enjoyed this book

I found this book quite gripping and enjoyed the plot. The only thing I found irritating is that the text stated that Elena had an American mother but the narrator gave the grandmother an American accent and the mother an English one.

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good old fash cloak and dagger stuff

took a while to get going then dead bodies everywhere... lovely posh folks too,