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Summary

DS Whitney Walker wants a promotion, but it’s hard when she’s trying to balance motherhood with a career.

When a newborn baby is kidnapped from the local hospital, she draws on her skills as a mother to help. Despite being ordered not to, and when the leads are going nowhere, Walker enlists the help of a local journalist who’s convinced it’s the work of an international baby smuggling ring. Walker’s plan backfires and she fears they’re running out of time.

©2021 Sally Rigby (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A good taste of what is to come!

A short but very good introduction to the books that follow. Great choice of narrator Clare Corbett always gives a superb performance.

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A taster

A very enjoyable taste of a series to come. Likeable lead characters, and believable plot.

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I now need to listen to the whole series!

So glad I discovered this author and this series of books through Audible Plus. This short story is a great introduction to the characters of the series. Despite it's short length it was well plotted and had believable and interesting characters and a story that was engaging and gripping. If this is a taste of what's to come in the series then I'm all up for it! Great performance by the narrator too.

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great start to a new series

I wouldn't have used a credit because of the length of the story. However as it was part of the plus catalogue I was happy to give it a try.
I am glad I did, I have purchased a lot of Sally Rigby books, they are well written and Claire Corbett is an excellent narrator. I recommend it.

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Love this

Great story will be listening to more a great start really enjoy story and the voice of the reader

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Prequel for a series

I didn’t realise this was a short story but it was free so didn’t waste a credit. I don’t understand the point of short stories nor abridged books actually, but that’s just me. If you have a couple of hours to fill it might be for you.

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Was a good book, I just wish it had been longer.

Good story, written & red well. Loved the Author telling us about the other books at the end.

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Waste of two hours

What a boring book. Banal, no character development, a predictable plot. Performance was awful too.

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Loved this short prequal.

Really enjoyed this sassy lady police officer. Looking forward to listening to more of her cases.

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  • 25-03-21

What Whiner

I like this story but DI Walker is such a baby. She truly needs to put her big girl bloomers on and get on with her job. She would rather whine to herself about how unfair things aare and the DSI is out to get her. I hope eventually she woman's up

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  • Victoria Eriksson
  • 28-03-21

Robotham rip off

So I read The Night Ferry and The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham and this honestly seems like a combination of those two books, The Night Ferry is about a baby trafficking ring investigated by a hotheaded but brilliant female detective and The Secret She Keeps is about a couple, the husband a locally public figure, who have their baby stolen from the maternity ward by a mentally unstable woman who dresses up like a nurse and steals a baby after losing her own, the faked pregnancy, the entire story line is the same. The Secret She Keeps was also made into a tv series and the book came out in 2016, or 2017. I'm a fiction writer myself and I just think it's highly unlikely the similarities were a coincidence.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 30-08-21

Fine

It’s an okay story and the writing is okay too. Not bad, but also not memorable. I liked the narrator, but had a bit of a cringe moment when she sang ‘baby mine’ and obviously didn’t know the song. Either Google it next time or don’t sing a song if you don’t know the tune, lol.

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  • barbara
  • 06-02-21

The Night Shift

I really enjoyed this novella and am looking so forward to listening to this series. The characters and the solving of the case was very good, made you want it to last longer. The narration was perfect.

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  • A. Percival
  • 28-04-21

Strong female lead for British crime series

Enjoyed the start to this series. Strong and stubborn Whitney has a big heart that drives her policework. I had to look up all the British police abbreviations as I didn't know what DS and DCI were, but I love learned stuff like that. Great beginning.

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  • Ida
  • 31-05-21

Now we know how Whitney got it

Very good story to serve as a prequel to the series involving Whitney and George. Looking forward to reading/hearing more about George’s background. We seem to have more information about George, her family and her romantic relationships.

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  • Dee
  • 28-05-21

Yes, please!

I listened to book one in the series and when I saw this prequel, I knew I wanted to listen before going on in the series. It was a terrific choice for a terrific listen. It's free (as of this writing) and just shy of two hours. There is no downside with trying this listen to set the stage for the other books in the series.

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  • Lyndsey Coen
  • 10-10-21

short and simplistic teaser book

meant to be a teaser for the following books, but it was so short and simplistic that there was no real mystery, suspense, or draw to get the next book.

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  • Tracy Giovanni
  • 21-09-21

Peak into Walker's past

In the mood for a short but suspenseful detective tale? you have found it!

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  • Sharmyn
  • 12-07-21

Great writer.

The story is good. Sally Rigby is an outstanding writer. Novellas are often difficult to get to know the characters but this short story gives you an nice insight to the protagonist and I look forward to reading more of this series. The narrator was excellent.

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