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  • Skinner's Rules

  • Bob Skinner, Book 1
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Skinner's Rules

By: Quintin Jardine
Narrated by: James Bryce
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Summary

As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.

What eventually emerges is an elaborate smokescreen shrouding a deep-rooted and intricate conspiracy. Now, whatever the danger to himself, Skinner is determined that in Edinburgh, at least, folk will abide by his rules.

©1993 Quintin Jardine (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Introduction to Skinner

What made the experience of listening to Skinner's Rules the most enjoyable?

The book gives a comprehensive introduction to the main characters in the ongoing series and has a fast paced storyline to boot. The twists and turns to the story were woven in brilliantly, just when you thought you were on the case off it would go in another direction.
Skinner and crew make understanding the job of the police much easier. Yes this is fiction but I was sucked into the story as if it was unfolding in front of me.

What did you like best about this story?

As a native of Edinburgh I could easily picture the places where the action was taking place which seemed to make the book more personal. For non Edinburghers the use of any online map would help if you are inclined to want to picture the scenes.

What about James Bryce’s performance did you like?

James tells the story brilliantly with slight changes of voice to determine which of the characters is speaking during dialogue. This allowed me to feel I was a fly on the wall listening in.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Edinburgh, the underside of the tourist city.

Any additional comments?

Quintin Jardine captures me as a reader in a way Ian Rankine never has. He stays true to the city in the most part without changing area or street names which adds greatly to the enjoyment of the story.

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A really exciting thriller

I have had a run of really dull books but at last a good story. And excellent narration. I hope audible has all of Quinton Jardine ‘s books.

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I'm hooked!


I was gripped from the start, loved the characterisation; it promises to be an enjoyable series.

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Excellent

I really enjoyed listening to this story
All the twists and turns and I loved all the characters too
Even though it was set quite a few years ago it didn’t seem out of date at all
Definitely onto the next one 😊

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Very engaging

What did you like most about Skinner's Rules?

Some deviations on procedural. Is based in I guess the 1980s and reflects that in some of the technical detail.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggie - one of the DCs and very sympathetic

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene at the Edinburgh debate - believable in many ways, although the set up is somewhat obvious - bringing 'staff' in so late with a single point of failure would simply not have been done and the delay could have been dealt with by getting them to walk!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened over several journeys in the car

Any additional comments?

A good listen, although some of the more frustrating procedural moments (thinking that they could not/would not have done this turns out to be the means by which the author concludes the plot. Fun though.

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Absolutely Fantastic.

I had a funny feeling, that I was going to like the Skinner series, hence starting with the first book and boy, was I right, it was an absolute sensation.

I am really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series, I'm hoping they've all got the same narrator, he did a great job.

Quintin Jardine is an absolute master story teller.

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They think it's all over... it's not....

Good thriller just when you think it's all over... Its not....

Very converluted but thrilling plot involving murders on Edinburgh Royal Mile and the possible links to a terror plot.

The story kept my attention, with likable characters and the narrator was also good.

Looks like I've found another good author to follow.

Reccomended.

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Scottish police are great

My mum's been reading QJ's books for years, so I thought I'd better give them a try. I realised I had read this on Kindle a year or so ago - but enjoyed it so much more as the audio version. I can see how the characters will grow through a series of books - and looking forward to seeing how they develop.
The story in this was good, and I liked how the two investigations meshed together. Loved the Scottish setting - although am less familiar with Edinburgh than my hometown Aberdeen from McBride's books. The performance was mostly good - rather too many gruff voice characterisations, and the Aberdonian voice performance wasn't great - a bit of a caricature. But that's picky!
Have just ordered book 2 in the series.

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Really good read

This book is well narrated, and absorbing. I thought I had exhausted all the Scottish Detective authors, so glad I found this one.

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Brilliant book, Brilliant Narrator

The narrator was excellent and really brought the book alive. I have read nearly all of the Skinner books and was nervous about buying the audiobook as I loved the books and didn’t want to spoil them. I now want to go and re read the books.

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