Audiobook review of Dark Crimes

Posted March 9, 2017 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 9 Comments

Audiobook review of Dark Crimes

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling
Length: 8 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Joffe Books Pages: 281
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Cat Gould
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Introducing DCI Sophie Allen in an exciting new detective series that will have you gripped from start to heart-stopping finish
"The plot is meticulously crafted, absorbing and the narrative flows effortlessly." Purbeck Gazette

A young woman’s body is discovered on a deserted footpath in a Dorset seaside town late on a cold November night. She has been stabbed through the heart.
It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim’s mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories, involving violence and intimidation. There’s an obvious suspect but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for a warped revenge?

Also by this author: Deadly Crimes


Here is what I thought

First book in the DCI Sophie Allen series and I thought it got off to a decent start.

When a lady is found murdered and then they find out that her mother was murdered as well it seems like these murder might be related. DCI Sophie Allen and her team investigate.

They sort of thing things are going one way and that they might have it figured out but then a prostitute that new the first victim is found dead and they are not sure what is going on.

DCI Sophie Allen is different from some of the other female DCI’s I have read about as she actually has a husband a couple of kids. She is still very driven and the other officers think she pretty tough and don’t want to get on her bad side. She is a great character and I can’t wait to learn more about her as the series progresses.

The storyline and mystery were well-written and went at a decent pace, from crime scene to crime scene. It’s got us off to a great start for this series.

Recommend if you like

A great female character, well-written crime dramas, and have a love of British crime novels.

Author Bio

Like many writers, I have been a keen reader all of my life. I remember one day as a nine-year-old in the summer holidays, when I visited the local library four times in one day because a child’s ticket only allowed one book out at a time! I can even remember the plot of one book, a story about a boy taking up fly-fishing, read while sitting outside in a sunny back garden in Bristol.

I still live in the west-country, and set the location of my novels in this area. The early novels in the series are based in the Isle of Purbeck, one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal regions. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other locations in the central south of England.

I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by the time I’ve edited a passage for the umpteenth time it’s beginning to lose some of its sparkle for me, but I do believe in reshaping and polishing until it’s as good as I can make it. It then becomes something about which I can feel some justifiable pride.

The Sophie Allen series is my first series.

The Narrator

This was my first time listening to narrator Cat Gould and I thought she did a good job with this novel.

Audio rating: 3.5

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9 responses to “Audiobook review of Dark Crimes

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I really liked that aspect too. I love a great female character but a lot of British crime dramas with women it seems they are totally messed up. Not that I don’t like them but it’s nice to have something different. 🙂

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