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The Blood Detective (unabridged audio book) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Dan Waddell , narrated by Colin Mace
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1 Jan 2009
As dawn breaks over London, the body of a young man is discovered in a windswept Notting Hill churchyard. The killer has left Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster and his team a grisly, cryptic clue... However it's not until the clue is handed to Nigel Barnes, a specialist in compiling family trees, that the full message becomes spine-chillingly clear. For it leads Barnes back more than one hundred years - to the victim of a demented Victorian serial killer. When a second body is discovered Foster needs Barnes's skills more than ever, because the murderer s clues appear to run along the tangled bloodlines that lie between 1879 and the present day. If Barnes is right about his blood-history, the killing spree has only just begun...

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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged audio book. edition (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407424645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407424644
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Waddell is a journalist and author of more than a twenty works of fiction and non-fiction. His first crime novel, The Blood Detective, was nominated for three debut awards, included the celebrated CWA New Blood Dagger, and has been published in five countries. He is also the author of the bestselling guide that accompanied the award-winning BBC TV series, Who Do You Think You Are?

An exiled Yorkshireman, Dan has been a cricket fanatic since he witnessed his first England batting collapse aged six. He was a talented junior batsman, played representative cricket for Yorkshire and was even once, briefly, on the payroll of the county club itself. After being lost to journalism for several years, he made a misguided comeback and now captains Acton 2nd XI in the Middlesex County League where, in between taking painkillers, he tries and fails to pass on sage advice to young players. He covered two seasons of county cricket for The Daily Telegraph and his first ever published work was the history of BBC TV's cricket coverage, And Welcome to the Highlights, where he got to interview David Gower, Richie Benaud and his boyhood hero, Geoffrey Boycott. It has been downhill ever since...

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Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in west London. He has published ten non-fiction books, including the bestselling Who Do You Think You Are?, which tied in with the BBC TV series. The Blood Detective is his first novel.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Aug 2008
This is a great book. A thriller that links the past and the present and has a real Britishness to it. It has a similar feel to Prime Suspect with characters that ring true. Nigel the genealogist is an unlikely but brilliant hero. The linking of the past to the present is effortlessly done taking you on a real journey through the past. Brilliantly written, it passed the couldn't put it down until it was finished test, the mark of a good thriller. Much better than the implausible "conspiracy" thrillers that are all the rage at the moment. Great plot, good characters, well written, read it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really gripping read 19 July 2009
By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE
The plot is interesting, atmospheric and educational, switching smoothly between 1879 and the present day. I love it when I learn new things and I found the informative snippets on names interesting. The area of London that this is set in is really brought to life by the author, and some of the historic information is key to the plot (and yes..I even found myself Wiki-ing the station Barnes did!!).

Nigel Barnes as the genealogist is shy and old fashioned but still attractive and likable. His love of history and knowledge of tracing people via census returns and archives was inspiring, as well as an integral part of the plot and the story. Never before has hours pouring over microfilm and dusty records been so exciting!

I'm looking forward to the next book so I can 'catch up' with the main characters again.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Aug 2008
By jack
Absolutely fantastic, i seriously could not put it down, the plot lines and ties between past and present are consistent and believable, and the thriller element is highly entertaining and indeed thrilling. One small caveat though, there are certain clues which are a bit on the obvious side and you get to a point towards the end where you solve bits before the characters. However the writing is of such high callibre that you are compelled to continue you reading and it is far from boring even if you are a step ahead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant couldnt put it down 8 May 2009
I a really enjoyed this book, in fact I couldnt put it down and had to read it from cover to cover in one sitting. As a very amature (which means I dont have a clue) family tree hunter I found certain bits in the book helpful as well as intresting, also I could relate to some of the places mention in the book like The Family Records Office at Myddleton Road, this book has now been lent to a friend after my ravings of how good it is and is promised to another friend afterwards. When and if I get back I just might have to read it again. I cant wait for the next book to come as I am sure it will just as good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I recently read In the Blood (A genealogical crime mystery) and from there came across the author's listmania detailing other genealogical crime books; read the reviews and purchased this book.

The story is written at a pace starting with the body found in a London churchyard, Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster leads the investigation. Due to clues left at the scene the police decide they need to look at the past to solve the present murder and engage Nigel Barnes a family historian to help them out by trawling through records and old newspapers to help them.

Dan Waddell is the journalist commissioned to work on the book accompanying the series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' so he understands the complexities of trawling the records and the methods used by family historians when they hit brick walls in their research. This gives the story that feeling of authenticity whilst building to an exciting climax.

This book is well written, the characters well formed and the story unfolds at a pace right from the start. I love crime stories, have an interest in family and social history and London so this ticked all the boxes for me. It was so good that I am now purchasing Dan Waddell's follow up book Blood Atonement
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unputdownable! 9 Sep 2008
By A.S.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though the blurb on the back wasn't so promising. The characters are great and it is very well written. I agree with the earlier reviwer who said that some of the clues were a bit obvious but it made a change from some whose plots are over-complex. I did guess the twist at the end but I don't feel it spoilt the book - it was his first novel after all! The genealogy mixed with the murder mystery is a great combination and topped off with colourful, interesting characters made this a real page-turner for me. I can't wait for his next book and am crossing my fingers that is as good as this one. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classy debut 16 Sep 2008
This is a hugely promising debut. Waddell has taken an original, but potentially dreary, subject - ie. genealogy - and created a rip-snorter of a crime novel. We get not one, but two serial killers: one plying his icky trade in the Victorian London of Jack the Ripper, the other in the present day. The link between the two is the conundrum for our heroes: hard-bitten detective Grant Foster and mild-mannered investigator of family trees Nigel Barnes (a Morse and Lewis for the 21st century?).
The page-turning action takes place in the arcane streets - and pubs - of Notting Hill, clearly beloved of the author, and the heart-pounding denouement kept this reviewer at least guessing until the end. Waddell writes with an economy, flair and humour rarely seen in a first-time novelist. Catch this so you can say you were there at the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book.
I saw a review of this book in a family tree magazine and bought it on a whim. I'm so glad I did. Quite possibly the best book I've ever read.
Published 2 months ago by Jo Moore joandkeith@hotmail.com
3.0 out of 5 stars ... seems to think that to much information is a good
another book where the author seems to think that to much information is a good story
Published 3 months ago by john chapman lyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent captivating read with enjoyable number of blind alleys.
Published 3 months ago by Vulcan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A great combination of genealogy and detective strands into this novel. Highly recommended if you like this sort of thing!
Published 4 months ago by J. Buoy
4.0 out of 5 stars So far i have enjoyed this book
Have not finished this book yet but enjoyed what i have read so far.Would certainly follow the writer.Keeps you guessing
Published 5 months ago by pongo1
2.0 out of 5 stars More like a London A-Z
This book at timnes reads more like a London A-Z than a detective novel. I know it is the writer's first novel, but do we really need to have constant updates as to which exact... Read more
Published 10 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Audiobook
This is an interesting take on a murder investigation featuring a geneolagist, who assists a police murder team in tracking down a serial killer who appears to be re-enacting... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lbeeswax
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much violence!
As a genealogist I found the story interesting, but felt that the level of violence was somewhat excessive and unnecessary. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jenny M
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit gory, but a good read
This is a well crafted story, with characters you can believe in, and an outrageous but delightful plot. Quite a lot of pain towards the end, but a satisfying conclusion.
Published 13 months ago by RachelD
5.0 out of 5 stars audio story.
enjoyed this audio very much good english detective story. looking out for other Dan Waddell cd's now. would recommend.thank you
Published 13 months ago by leftie
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