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Simon Serrailler Bundle: The Pure in Heart/The Various Haunts of Men Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1817 KB
  • Print Length: 731 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K6EYVS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I tend to like Series. I like to see the progression of characters and storylines that creep back in at a later date. This series is lovely. Perhaps a little 'twee' with the handsome but flawed detective who never quite gets to grips with falling in love and a setting that is architypal English, but nevertheless the storylines are strong, the investigations more true to life. E.g. they have to Wait for DNA results! The topics are very believeable, indeed a little close to what is happening in the 'real' world, sometimes. The books are a very good read - value for money. The language is lovely and I have to have a dictionary at least once per book! The Kindle editing is a bit off in places, but that is something we live with nowadays. Thoroughly recommend that you try these books.
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Having departed from Elizabeth George some time ago, I was looking for a good, traditional British crime writer who would restore my faith in the genre and, to some extent, Susan Hill filled that role: excellent characterisation, great country 'mood', believable characters and story lines that, despite not being groundbreaking, certainly ring true and depict human nature in a honest, if slightly pessimistic, way. The issue I have is with the main character, DCI Simon Serrailler: whereas little is revealed in the first book, in the second there is almost an overload of information. Melancholy, uptight, prone to self pity and partial to overanalysing his emotions (man up!), he really does not strike a chord with me. Nor he seems to have a life of his own, his whole existence being consumed by his rather dysfunctional family: a bitter mother, a disapproving father, a severely disabled sister and a much more agreeable sibling whose warm personality and idyllic family life offer a painful contraposition to the void of his own. A totally unlikely sleuth, if there ever was one. But the story is strong and the pages keep turning, hence the four stars.
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These two novels, of which The Various Haunts of Men is the first, are set in the Cathedral City of Lafferton, with its more grittily urban neighbour, Bevham, a short distance away. Each is a crime novel but, in the second, the crime is not solved or even fully resolved, which makes it all the more disturbing and memorable. The main character, Simon Serailler, and his family are so well presented that they really breathe and one becomes deeply involved with their lives. There are many strands of story and characters in each book and I finished the second with a heavy heart, longing to read on and continue my involvement with each set of people.
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Great regular main characters with can't put down story lines. I love the link from one book to the next. I really know these people!
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COMPULSIVE READING. MEDICAL,FORENSIC AND POLICE WORK ALL WELL INFORMED. ALL PUT IN A FAMILY SETTING.2 of Susan Hills best novels
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I bought this for my Kindle.
Quite a change from 'The woman in Black', the only other story I know of by Susan Hill.
It was interesting the way the story wound it's way from killer to police investigation. A lot of character building.

The murderer was easy to suss out. The Detective Inspector something of a prig and the young police sergeant a delightful character. Pity she had to die.
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Quite enjoyed reading these two books and I would read more in the series. I am still not that sympathetic with the main DCI, Simon Serailler. It is the other characters and their lives which I want to know more about. Really liked the Freya character then she got killed off in the first book! Awful! I quite like the genre written by a femail author more depth to situations, feelings and characters.
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I was recommended this series of detective fiction by a friend so this was a great way to see if I was going to enjoy it, perfect on kindle, instant access was a bit disconcerting however when the first book was finished at 50% (didn't figure this out beforehand) Just the kind of think to snuggle up with on a grotty day and wile away the hours.
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