Body in the Dales: 1 MP3 CD – Unabridged, 9 August 2018
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John R. Ellis has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life and has spent many years exploring Yorkshire's diverse landscapes, history, language and communities. He recently retired after a career in teaching, mostly in further education in the Leeds area. In addition to the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series, he writes poetry, ghost stories and biography. He has completed a screenplay about the last years of the poet Edward Thomas and a work of faction about the extraordinary life of his Irish mother-in-law. He is currently working on his memoirs of growing up in a working-class area of Huddersfield in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (9 August 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 154369828X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543698282
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 680,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DS Andy Carter has just moved from the Met in London to join DCI Jim Oldroyd's Harrogate-based team. On his first day on the job, Carter sets out with the DCI to the (fictional) village of Wharfedale, Yorkshire, after a call reporting that a body has been found in the nearby Jingling Pot pothole (cave). It doesn't take long for the detectives to determine that this wasn't an accidental death and that there is no clear explanation for how the body came to be present deep in the cave system. It also becomes apparent that there are plenty of people who could have wished the victim, local lothario and con-man Dave Atkins, harm.
Oldroyd, Carter and DS Stephanie Johnson, aided by members of the local constabulary, begin interviewing the residents of the village and members of the local caving community, uncovering many jealousies, strained marriages and conflicting loyalties.
As mysteries go, this was fairly light and easy to read. The plot wasn't overly complicated and the characters were engaging, particularly the deceptively sensitive and intelligent DCI Oldroyd. I enjoyed Ellis's depiction of the picturesque Yorkshire landscape and towns, and found the setting of the cave as a crime scene intriguing.
The Body in the Dales may not meet the expectations of those who prefer gruesome crimes, particularly twisty plots or ingenious surprise endings, but would I believe appeal to readers who enjoy solid character-based crime mysteries in a unique setting.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside and the addition of the dialect. The police team and their personal relationships gave the investigation an intimate quality.
I appreciated the descriptions of caving, but it didn’t make it anymore appealing to me. The danger in the activity was highlighted on a number of occasions.
The humour, usually directed towards the new DS from London, broke the tension that built up in the book.
All in all a good read.
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I really resent paying even only £1.99 for something I have read,
Could this not be made clear before purchase?
I like Oldroyd, a decent almost old fashioned copper who doesn't rant and rave like a lot of D.C.I's, and is very much looked up to by everyone. Carter will take a bit of getting used to, but he's already making headway by getting himself a pair of decent walking boots....
The editing could do with tidying up, and I did find the chapters overly long, but I will definitely be looking forward to reading more in this series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a well written detective story without the excessive gore and sadism that seems to be so prevalent now