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Summary

September 1940. As the Blitz takes its nightly toll on London and Hitler prepares his invasion fleet just across the Channel in occupied France, Britain is full of talk about enemy agents. Suspicion is at an all-time high, and no one is sure who can be trusted. 

In Canning Town, rescue workers are unsettled when they return to a damaged street and discover a body that shouldn’t be there. When closer examination of the corpse reveals death by strangling, Detective Inspector John Jago is called upon to investigate. But few seem to really care about the woman’s death - not even her family. As Jago digs deeper he starts to uncover a trail of deception, betrayal, and romantic entanglements....

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Refreshingly Great

I usually listen to more modern thriller/crime but with the great narration and storyline I could not stop listening and wanted it to never end - brilliant

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Memories

As someone who once plodded the beat in Canning Town and also worked in the original Scotland Yard I perhaps had a biased reason for finding this story so very enjoyable but even without this background I am sure that I would have thoroughly enjoyed this story.

It was so clearly read, really giving the impression that the speaker was recounting a true documentary account. This in no way detracted from my enjoyment. I seldom re-listen to books but this is one book I will listen to again and I am sure enjoy doing so even though I will know the ending.

If there was a fault it was that at times I became a little initially confused with the personel.

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Spoilt by narrator.

Plodding and monotone narration.
Little light or shade in character depiction, females particularly bland and characterless.
A good story made tedious in it's reading.

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Simple and enjoyable.

The narration makes this book so enjoyable. Can't wait to listen to more. Really enjoyed the story.

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Truly Awful.

This is easily one of the worst books I've ever attempted to read. I had to check to make certain that I hadn't accidently chosen a book for primary school aged children, by mistake. Don't to it to yourself.

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Great listen!

perfect narrator and lots of plot twists with multiple layers and great characterisation. really enjoyed it.

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newly discovered this author, great writing

I love crime stories, I discovered the first book ,the blitz detective, and I was hooked, the settings are real which I like, it gives my imagination something real to go by. the stories are very interesting and the narration was really good, he seemed to match how I expected the main character to sound. I cant wait for more in the series.

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Perfect performance.

Simon Mattocks has brought these characters and story to life, I look forward to more.

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  • Olivier Dunrea
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Perfect Reader for this series!

I have always loved stories (fiction and nonfiction) set during WWII. FOYLE'S WAR is a favorite BBC series. Now I can add DI Jago to that group as well. The stories are well written, slow to build, detailed in the minutiae of daily life in London during the Blitz, the characters are likable and believable, and most of all Simon Mattacks is there perfect reader for this series. His voice somehow fits the period and the characters and brings them to life vividly. The stories are gripping and never over-the-top in drama or unrealistic details. Everything about this series I love. I have listened to the first two books in the series and am about to start the third. I will go on to buy the next three in the series. I love them that much. Kudos to both the writer and the reader!

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