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  • Persons Unknown

  • A Manon Bradshaw Thriller
  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Summary

Manon Bradshaw is back.

As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman's name on his lips in his last seconds of life. DI Manon Bradshaw can't help taking an interest - these days she handles only cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works. She's horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. And as the Cambridgeshire police force closes ranks against her, she is forced to contemplate the unthinkable. How well does she know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?

©2017 Susie Steiner (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Mama Mia

I really enjoyed the author's first book but this one was not for me. WAY too much about Manon's pregnancy, and general guff about motherhood. I'm sorry but this isn't what I want from a crime thriller. The plot was convoluted and not terribly interesting. Juanita McMahon is a wonderful narrator however so all is not lost. I do think though when a non-Chinese person does a ham Chinese accent it sounds a tad offensive. Ditto Irish, ditto a couple of other accents she doesn't entirely carry off.

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A rather stereotyped female detective

This could have been so much better, but has the feel of chick lit crossed with police procedural. There is way to much about motherhood and every cliché about the messy life of fictional detectives. Fellow officers bend the rules in a way that defies credibility in order to accommodate the heroine. There is just enough about it to hold the interest, but it's rather forgettable.

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Can't fault it

Just "read" it. You won't regret it. She's a clever, observant, subtle writer and her narrator is gifted. I couldn't put it down.

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Solid if predictably formulaic

I loved Susie Steiner's first book - 'Missing, Presumed' - as the story was refreshingly new and inventive. Unfortunately her newest work lacks the twists and turns of her debut so all we're left with is character stories. Sadly, for me at least, this is where the author falls short. Everyone in 'Persons Unknown' is a bald, hackneyed cliche. The lead - Manon Bradshaw - especially. She's a veritable soup of gloopy chick lit stereotypes. Save your credit and seek out something a little more original.

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Loved it!

I devoured this, the second in the series of DI Manon Bradshaw. I nearly gave it a miss because one reviewer said that, unlike the first, this was pure chic lit. It really isn’t at all. It is a really good crime story, and here the character development is excellent. I feel I know the richly drawn characters of Manon, Davey, Mark and I love Birdie, who sadly will probably only feature in this book. I hope not, she is a warm, funny and intelligent character. I am very much looking forward to the next in the series.

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Very very good

I love these Manon Bradshaw stories, although this is only the second. Do read in order or you may get confused. She is so believable. The murder is not centre to the story, all the characters with their own issues, stories revolve around it. Hope there will be another story soon. Good narration.

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A brilliant sequel to Missing Presumed.

Susie Steiner has created a totally believable cast of characters. Another superbly written enjoyable mystery!

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Beautiful characterisations.

Loved this book. Perfect. Surpassed presumed innocent, which was brilliant too. Such well drawn characters that actually matter. So engaging, had me struggling to turn audio off. Particularly loved Birdie and want to hear more from her.
Locations well suited to various capers. Lived at seven sisters so the jaunt in West Green Road was an unexpected thrill.
Beautifully read as ever by Juanita.
Thank you.

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Literary crime fiction at its very best

What can I say. My vocabulary is inadequate to do justice to the myriad ways in which I could recommend this book. A crime novel with a gripping plot and a charismatic protagonist indeed but you get so much more into the bargain. These are characters you can reach out and touch. Each one fleshed out in all their messy minutia. The bone crushing tiredness of pregnancy was so perfectly observed in sections that I found myself inwardly groaning in recognition. The messiness of human relationships is never pushed aside for the sake of convenience and yet nothing else suffers, not plot, nor pacing. Susie Steiner is an extremely gifted writer who has created a compelling world that I hope to return to time and again.

I thought the narration was generally very good, the narrator being a natural at bringing out the humour in the writing. There were times I howled with laughter. My only teensy bugbear was the slightly inconsistent accents of some of the characters. But, all in all, a really enjoyable listen.

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Musings on motherhood

Like other reviewers, I found this way too heavy on the mother child relationships and way too light on the detecting. And the narration was so variable - fantastic I thought for Birdie, but 12 year old Fly was given the voice of a middle aged vagrant with a 40-a-day habit. Unless reviews for the third volume suggest the series gets back on track, I’m sadly giving up on Manon Bradshaw.

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  • 04-11-17

Excellent

I loved this book. The characters are great as are the touches of humour. I can’t wait for the next Manon Bradshaw !

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