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Editor reviews

In this fourth book in the police procedural series by Barry Maitland, Scotland Yard's Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla and Detective Chief Inspector David Brock investigate seemingly unrelated cases centered in the glittering Silvermeadow shopping mall. Fans of the series will enjoy narrator Angele Masters' superb characterizations - her Kathy has an expressive, frank voice, which contrasts well with Brock's more reserved, stoic manner of speaking.

Masters also keeps up the energy and pace of the story as the two detectives try to puzzle out the connection between an amphetamine-addicted criminal and a body found in the mall's trash compactor area. As he winds up the suspense, fans will be tempted into finishing the entire audiobook in one sitting.

Summary

When his longtime nemesis, the amphetamine-juiced killer known as "Upper" North, is spotted in England, Detective Chief Inspector Brock is on the trail. His manhunt centers on Silvermeadow, a huge and glittery new shopping mall on the outskirts of London, where North was seen. Lying in wait, he and Kathy Kolla take on a seemingly unrelated case as camouflage, that of a missing girl who had worked in the mall. But what to make of the rumor of other girls gone missing?

Coming up against dead ends, Kathy sets off to follow some leads of her own - and finds out that going solo can be very dangerous.

©2000, 2011 Barry Maitland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Book was really good. Shame about the narrator !

I enjoyed the book it was well written and thought out. What I didn’t enjoy was the narrator of this book. It was hard to distinguish the characters as they all sounded alike. Plus the Scottish voice left my cringing and also did she feel the need to shout whilst doing the Scottish voice !!! Although the storyline was interesting because of the narration I found myself tuning it out. Sorry. I would love to read more of this authors books but only if it’s a different narrator… sorry.

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Narrator’s pronunciation

Where did this narrator learn English pronunciation?? “Sewco” = SOCO. “Inquerry” = Enquiry. Docile, Ethos, … the list goes on.

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very good listen

loved it lots going on, believable too good lead character and nicely ended. a little scary at the endd

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Really Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this story in which the main character is definitely the setting. The story twists enough to be interesting without becoming hard to follow or unbelievable. The narrator has a pleasant voice, only spoiled by some incongruous pronunciations. 'Inqu'ry' was annoying, but seriously, who mispronounces West Ham?

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  • L
  • 30-04-13

love this author - thank you for adding him

I am grateful to audible for responding to the request for Barry Maitland books. Thank you Audible!

I first learned of this mystery series when I was in the UK, from a fellow mystery lover who works in a bookstore. I wanted something with a good plot and with characters that are three dimensional, not just stereotypes - characters that one can come to care about. This series was recommended to me I have been hooked ever since!

If you like mysteries set in London and the surrounding areas, with characters that have a bit of complexity but are not too heady, and if you care about realistic dialogue and good suspense, you might enjoy this series. The books are sort of like Jacqueline Winspear (I can't think of who else to compare them too right now), but not set in the past and perhaps a bit less sentimental and more emphasis on twists and turns of the plot - I'd also say the characters Maitland writes are a bit more complex. Part of the interest in this series is the bond between Brock and Kolla.

The wonderful narration captures class accents without being caricatured.

I didn't give the book five stars because the theme of critiquing shopping malls was a bit heavy handed, and because this isn't "great literature," but it's such a pleasurable read and the plot and characters and narration kept me eager to listen more.

I hope others will find and enjoy these books and that perhaps we will get more of Brock and Kolla in the future....

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  • 05-01-21

I'll think of this everytime I go in a mall

good. kept my attention. got kind of long with the addition of a secod plot line.
will probably read another by this author.

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  • 27-02-21

great twists

the story has many twists and turns. you really didn't have any idea how it was going to end. the characters were many which made the story well worth listening to.

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  • Fei
  • 17-06-21

A very enjoyable whodunnit

I am a whodunnit fan. I find murder mysteries an excellent distraction from the all too unavoidable woes of the real world. But after a while you run of books with plausible plots (plausible at least while reading it) and characters interesting enough for me to care if they get murdered or manage to solve somebody else’s murder. That’s why I’m so glad I’ve come across this book. It’s got all the ingredients of a good whodunnit. This was a free book with my membership but I am now looking to buy books in the rest of the series.

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  • johnye vanhekken
  • 06-07-21

Complex and thought provoking

I enjoyed this novel and the narrator did an excellent job. I will look for other works by Barry Maitland.

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  • Jennifer Griffin
  • 06-06-22

Barry Maitland has a foul mouth. ☹️

Mr Maitland hasn't the brains to understand that his liberal use of obscenities and profanities totally ruins his story.
Ms Masters also gets only one star for reading such trash. ☹️

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  • Whirlygirl
  • 20-05-22

What else can I say? Couldn’t have been an awesome book, but… meh…

I wasn’t certain how to grade this. It was a good story, fairly well told. Allot of characters tho. Most unlikeable. Including our heroin! She was very difficult to respect. By the end of the book, I figured her and all her knuckle dragging, stereotyped, fickle crew deserved whatever came to them.

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  • rhonda brown
  • 26-01-22

Excellent!

Really enjoyed this book. Really amazed it was free. Will definitely try this author again.

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  • Mary
  • 14-10-21

Great!

A great murder mystery. I loved everything about it. The characters are compelling, the story catches you up in it. Five stars.

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  • Frances
  • 15-09-21

Excellent. Perfect narrator

Wow. A shopping h center mystery with an amazing detective (s). well told story with gory bits handled well. Evil and good balanced. On to the other books. Thanks Audible and Mr. Msitland.