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Summary

Starting a new life in Snowdonia was always DI Ruth Hunter's dream. Until a twisted killer turned it into her worst nightmare.

Detective Inspector Ruth Hunter lives with the pain of her partner’s mysterious and unsolved disappearance. About to hit 50, the veteran police officer trades in the crime-ridden streets of London for a more peaceful life in rural North Wales. But Ruth has barely settled into her new position in North Wales Police, when the body of a brutally murdered woman is discovered...with strange symbols carved into her skin. Teaming up with an obstinate deputy, Ruth struggles to eliminate anyone from a long line of suspects. When another slain victim is discovered with the same cryptic markings, she’s forced to re-think the investigation.

Has Ruth got what it takes to solve the case before the murderer attacks again?

The Snowdonia Killings is the first book in the DI Ruth Hunter Crime Thriller series and set against the majestic backdrop of Snowdonia, a timeless land of Arthurian legend, folklore, and myth. If you like dark police procedurals, psychologically complex characters, and shocking twists, then you’ll love Simon McCleave’s pulse-pounding debut novel.

©2020 Simon McCleave (P)2021 Simon McCleave

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Story yes, narrator… hmmmm

The enjoyment of this book was somewhat marred by the lack of correct Welsh pronunciations. It’s a shame that a narrator wasn’t used who could correctly pronounce the place names and translations. This would be perfectly acceptable for the English characters in the book, but not the Welsh ones and the narrative. There were some occasions when the voice did grate, usually during the parts of the book with high emotion or tension, and the main character sometimes seemed too abrupt and sharp.
North Wales born and bred, and living in the area I otherwise enjoyed the way the story was set in well documented recognisable locations. The storyline did keep the listener guessing and on the whole I enjoyed it, and will continue to follow the series.

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A Welsh thriller

I enjoyed the story and it held my attention. However, being set in a Welsh setting I found the Welsh pronouncing of place names rather off putting. But still a good listen.

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Stopped halfway through Chapter one

When the narrator said the teachers parents were from Trinidad Jamaica I could not believe my ears. Left me feeling if you couldn’t get that right it didn’t bode well for the rest of the book!

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Good story let down by the narrator

good crime romp but a 1st language Welsh speaker with a North walean accent would have improved this audiobook considerably. The Welsh pronunciations and accents let it down

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Snowdonia murders

Was recommended this book and it had me gripped from the start. I liked the evocative descriptions of N Wales and as a Welsh person particularly enjoyed the research that had gone into the history of the area, folk tales etc. the narrator was good but I found that her portrayal of the Welsh accent grated on me. She tried hard to pronounce the Welsh names etc but it left me cringing on occasion. There are lots of Welsh speaking actors out there who could have narrated this better. I want to read the next in the series but I’m slightly reticent if it is the same narrator. I did like the fact tho that it was a female narrator and thus echoing the main female character

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This book is censored!!

Audible - Shame on you!! Censoring or bleeping out words in books is unacceptable. You are not the PC police. I am an adult and have every right to listen to books without your influence. Criminals and racists do not practice acceptable PC vocabulary and the only offensive words in this book were spoken by criminals and racists. Although I find these words deeply offensive personally it is imperative that everyone understand the realities of the world we live in.

As far as the story goes it's a pretty standard police procedural with some pretty interesting characters. I enjoy reading police procedurals portrayed in the rural northern areas of Great Britain and I think this could be a good series if the characters don't fall too far into their own flaws and damaged pasts. I will give book two a try and see where the story leads.

The narrator is also very good and I enjoy her cadence and annunciation.

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  • Patti
  • 19-03-22

Super Enjoyed this Book !!

I previously received the prequel to this book from the Author for free and fell off in loved Ruth in her Younger years! What a Kick she is!!
Great Story and Characters and I just Love the Narrator!! Can't wait for more!!

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  • SoCalTeacher
  • 14-06-22

Censored?

Good story and very good performance, but the recording is odd. Sometimes it repeats, going back 1 or 2 seconds. And I have never heard an audiobook recording where profanity and racial slurs are censored out with electronic tones. It’s a little strange.

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  • 18-05-22

Very disappointing

I made it to the 3rd chapter. Listening to the description of the alcoholic behavior of Nick the Welsh police officer and then got to listen to the description of the new DCI using street drugs at a concert.
Really… this is supposed to representative of police officers in England and Welsh.
A complete waste of time