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Murder in My Backyard

Written by: Ann Cleeves
Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins

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Publisher's Summary

No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry. But here she is, murdered in her own backyard. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge.

Yes, old Mrs Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their personal lives.

Even among her neighbours, Alice Parry's helpfulness had sometimes misfired; and after her death, tension tight as a clenched fist grips the uneasy village. Meanwhile, the suspects keep rolling in, and Heppleburn's friendly neighbourhood killer continues his nasty piece of work....

©1991 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Colin
  • 30-01-18

Refreshing new detective

A great story introducing another detective from Ann Cleeves.
The story doesn’t have the atmosphere of the Shetland or Newcastle based stories but was, nonetheless, a well crafted story that held the reader’s attention right to the end.

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  • judith gooding
  • 15-05-18

So poor I couldn’t listen to it.

The narration of this was dreadful. I am an avid audiobook fan and was really disappointed with this. Couldn’t listen to it. Wasted my money.

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  • Nicholas
  • 05-01-18

Not great

An Ann Cleeves fan I actually found myself losing the will to live with this title. The characters were poorly developed and the storyline downright boring. I struggled.

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  • H Holden
  • 08-11-18

Enjoyed the story but not the narrator

didn't guess who did it - light storyline - but I found the narrator a bit too dull. Found it hard to keep track when he moved from one character/story part to another except on chapter changes - felt like he was just reading without much emphasis on paragraph breaks etc.

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  • sue glason
  • 18-04-19

second time around

enjoy narrator, easy too listen to, good story line a keeps you guessing until almost the end.

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  • Lucy Anne Barber
  • 11-02-19

Such a good read

I really enjoyed this book. the characters were so believable and visual! I felt so sorry for the inspector with his own sad life. As I finished the story I was hoping his life would improve in his new home. Just desserts I was hoping would be dished out to others. I couldn't do anything but listen until the last word. A brilliant story.

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  • karen gibbons
  • 07-01-20

Excellent Listen

Really enjoyable listen. Engaging plot and characters held my attention, particularly the Detective. Highly recommended

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  • Bannell
  • 23-12-19

A mystery for your brain

A story that has all the twists and turns that any great mystery would have and continues to the end

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  • angela
  • 31-12-17

Great Read

Good description of all the characters. Straight into the story and had you guessing who committed the murder right too the end. Like the inspector would have liked to know what happened to two of the characters.

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  • sandra streeting
  • 15-12-17

Good murder mystery

A very typical murder mystery as loved by many mystery fans. Good classical twist at the end.

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  • ChrisH
  • 06-10-17

an average story

an average story with a predictiab end.

not one of the best books written by Ann

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  • Jo
  • 19-08-17

Disappointing

Slow and the main character lacked depth. Story line was predictable. Not usual standard.