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  • The Landscape of Death

  • DCI Tom Raven Crime Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: M. S. Morris
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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The Landscape of Death

By: M. S. Morris
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Summary

A murder. A homecoming. A day of reckoning.

A man’s body washes up on a beach on the North Yorkshire coast with a single gunshot wound to the chest. The only clue to the victim’s identity is a ring engraved with two names.

DCI Tom Raven is back in his hometown of Scarborough for the first time in over 30 years. When offered the chance to lead the murder investigation, he takes it.

Raven quickly discovers that the prime suspect is his once-teenage friend, now a wealthy but shady businessman. He finds an ally in Detective Sergeant Becca Shawcross, but not everyone in the team is on his side.

As Raven delves into the case, he is forced to confront the events that drove him away from Scarborough so many years ago. Given a chance to undo past mistakes, he must make the biggest decision of his life. But first he must learn who he can trust. Because lies can kill.

Set on the North Yorkshire coast, the Tom Raven series is perfect for fans of L. J. Ross, J. D. Kirk, Simon McCleave, and British crime fiction.

©2022 Margarita Morris and Steve Morris (P)2022 Margarita Morris and Steve Morris

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Disappointing

I think this might be a good book. Unfortunately, the boring monotone of the narrator means I can't be bothered to finish it. I like to listen to audiobooks in bed night and morning but this one kept sending me to sleep. No change of voice for the different characters and sentences run together without pause. I might try future books by this author but not if they use the same narrator.

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A longwinded and boring

I don’t think I shall read
Any more of these novels. Characters are not inspiring.

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Book 1

New author and narrator ok. Look forward to next title initial first title good .

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Scarborough Fair?

Having been dismayed to find no more Oxford murder mysteries by M.S. Morris, I have been elated to discover the Raven series! Once again, fascinating intertextual references abound, but the books work every bit as well if you don't 'get' them - and I'm sure I miss many!

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Good plot

Disliked the reader , voice uplift at the end of sentences was irritating . Otherwise I’d listen to another

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Great story

Not so keen on the narrator but it was a riveting read. Would really recommend.

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Landscape of Death

Excellent Who Dunnit, but sadly Dan Calley's voice intonation, rising at the end of each sentence became monotonous to listen to. I look more carefully at who is narrating before I select my next audio book.

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Narration awful

Story was ok but totally spoilt by a flat narration. I usually look at reviews first. Wish I had for this book.

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Appalling narration

I loved the Oxford series, so was really disappointed to find the Yorkshire novels read by someone who reads in such a monotonous voice - I tried really hard but had to give up as it was so irritating. I should have been warned off by the other reviewers’ comments about this actor but really like the author. I can’t understand why any director/ producer would allow such poor readings to stand.

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Really good story

This is the first book I have listened to by this author & I enjoyed the story very much. It was a bit different the detective having a past in Scarborough. Several red herrings & twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting but the narrator’s voice was oh so boring to listen to. I nearly gave up several times. Shame as I would like to carry on with the series but all of this series is read by same narrator so will give them a miss I think.

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