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Summary

What happens when someone's too scared to speak?

Ex-police officer Sebastian Clifford had decided to limit his work as a private investigator, until Detective Constable Bird, aka Birdie, asks for his help.

Twelve months ago a young girl was abandoned on the streets of Market Harborough in shocking circumstances. Since then the child has barely spoken. With the police unable to trace her identity, they've given up.The social services team in charge of the case worry that the child has an intellectual disability, but Birdie and her aunt – who’s fostering the little girl – disagree.They believe she’s gifted and intelligent, but something bad happened and she’s living in constant fear.

Clifford trusts Birdie’s instinct, and together they work to find out who the girl is so she can be freed from the past. But as secrets are uncovered, the pair realise it's not just the child who’s in danger....

Speak No Evil is the second in the Detective Sebastian Clifford series. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Matt Brolly and Joy Ellis.

©2021 Sally Rigby (P)2021 Podium Audio

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easy listening

Really enjoyed it, the characters are great, it's easy to follow.Ready for the next book.

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A definite twist at the end

It was definitely a story to get your teeth into. No mundane parts which made you want to fast forward. Mr Keeble is an excellent narrator bringing the story alive. I have now downloaded the third story. Well worth 5 stars.

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Please disregard this rating as I was reviewing a different book and have not read this one yet. Apologies to audible and the author.

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Overall rather good

intriguing storyline, I like the two main characters, Birdy and Seb, this is the second book I've listened to in this series. My only gripe is that the male narrator, being an older man struggles with female voices, with them all sounding like David Walliams characters! or like the head mistress in St Trinians! it's not just this narrator, most older male narrators do too. If you can get past this, it has a clever storyline, sensitively covering a distressing story.

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Really enjoyed this book

Great storyline, great characters Birdie always makes me laugh. I liked the twists in the ending and look forward to the next book.

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A great book.

I enjoyed this book so much that I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.
Jonathan Keeble is such a brilliant narrator, a great tribute to the Author.

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Something different

Although this is only the second Sebastian Clifford book I am hooked and have been from the first one. I enjoy the banter between Sebastian and Birdie and hope this partnership will last for many more books. The plot was out of the ordinary with a good final twist.
I cannot praise highly enough the skill of the narrator who makes the story come to life so excellently.

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Loving the Series

After reading all Cavandish & Walker books.. it took me a bit of time to get used to new characters. The 1st in the series was average but this one has excelled.. can’t wait for more!

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perfect thanks

really enjoyed the second book can't wait for the third one as it was brilliantly read by the narrator
thank you

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excellent story Jonathan Keeble brilliant narrator

wonderful combination of maverick female detective and formal ex police D I and refreshing use of Leicester as a location plot line kept you guessing until the very end what more can you want looking forward to the next book in the series

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  • Shoegirl
  • 02-03-22

The new very likable series.

I enjoy all of Sally Rigbys books, but the serial killer thing can get old after a while so I’m very glad that she changed course. These characters are likable in the story interesting. Looking forward to the third installment.

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  • cdigo
  • 25-01-22

WOW Even better than book 1

I love this new series. Birdie is a hoot and the camaraderie between her and Sebastian feels real. My only complaint is it was toooooo short. The story line filled the book, it did not feel rushed, but I it was over too fast. i Like books that are longer, like around 10-12 hours minimum

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-22

Loved it!

I started out listening to the Cavendish and Walker series and really enjoy that. I was curious what this one would be like and I found that I like it even more! I find the Birdie character very relatable with her quirks and idiosyncrasies and Seb is a great straight man but not quite as uptight as Dr. Cavendish in C & W. I'm eager to hear in which direction this pair will go. I can't wait until the next book comes out!

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  • Dr Dina
  • 24-03-22

Just okay.

This series has some interesting plot lines and suspense, but the Sebastian - Birdie dynamic is completely off balance. She barely has any skills and he wants to partner with her? This assumption of immediate expertise is something that creates serious problems for young people in real life. She has no caution or forethought. She’s terrible. Having her like dogs and children doesn’t compensate for a completely selfish and lacklustre main character.

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  • davidX
  • 12-02-22

The opposite of a Gillian Flynn novel

Besides the twist that's revealed about halfway through this book, I can confidently say that this story is the Anti Gillian Flynn novel. Perhaps a poor man's Gillian Flynn?

Ut gets the job done though and it's a decent time killer for commutes. Jonathan Keeble will keep you engaged as the voice actor even when the story itself doesn't.

The banter or verbal "sparring" as Rigby puts it can be a stereotyoical slog at times to get through.