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The Telling Error (Culver Valley Crime) [Hardcover]

Sophie Hannah
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24 April 2014 Culver Valley Crime (Book 9)

Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape.

Or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road.

Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in such a peculiar way, or why 'HE IS NO LESS DEAD' was painted on Blundy's study wall. And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life.

Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent . . .

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Culver Valley Crime Book 9 edition (24 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340980753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980750
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She has recently written a new novel starring Hercule Poirot, approved by the Agatha Christie estate and due to be published in September 2014. This new Poirot novel has already sold to more than 30 countries. Sophie's website is, and you can follow her on Twitter at @sophiehannahcb1.

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Given her background as a poet, it's hardly surprising that the language in Sophie Hannah's novels is so precise and elegantly phrased. More noteworthy, perhaps, is her sure grasp of psychology - particularly that of her beleaguered heroines, often thrown into chaos by the effects of crime or a catastrophic misjudgment on their own part . . . Hannah's signature character, detective Simon Waterhouse, is on hand to cut the Gordian knot, but the police procedural aspects are less interesting here in comparison to Hannah's adroit manipulation of her carefully delineated cast. (Financial Times)

Like a puppeteer, she navigates her complicated and multi-dimensional characters through a plot that twists and turns like the sneakiest of snakes . . . Each of Hannah's characters is incredibly psychologically developed, full of light and shade: a challenge to understand. If you want a tale to keep you on your toes, give your brain a jolt, and cause a series of heart attacks, THE TELLING ERROR is for you. Hannah proves once again that she deserves the accolade of Queen of Crime. (Stylist)

Sophie Hannah keeps coming up with superb new psychological thrillers, and this one has perhaps her best twist and solutions yet (***** Heat)

The pitfalls of the internet and social media are never far from the surface of this intricately plotted and complex psychological thriller (Choice)

Sophie Hannah's Culver Valley Crime series has now been running for nearly a decade, and there is no discernable dip in her ability to take what's in the pop culture ether and turn it into a truly chilling domestic crime . . . She is an exceptional storyteller - this is exactly the sort of crime read that can lead to missed tube stops and sleepless nights. (Elle)

It is part crime fiction and part exploration of modern relationships with their uneasy mix of truth, falsehoods, fidelity and cheating, mental and physical. More the latter than former if truth be told, which it rarely is, in Hannah's fiction. There is an admirable, complicated cleverness about her stories which challenge readers without ever chilling them with a scary sense of the dangers abroad in the world. Think Agatha Christie at her best but updated to a time of Twitter and online dating in both its glory and ignominy. (Independent on Sunday)

This crime novel will keep you reading. Hannah tells her story with a good deal of verve and evident enjoyment. You may not believe a word of it, but you are likely to read on because Hannah has the ability to tell a story with conviction. (Scotsman)

Cleverly crafted to fill the reader with paranoia, this is a psychological thriller carried out to absolute perfection - Hannah does creepy like no one else (Essentials)

Gripping mystery from the queen of the psych thriller ***** (Heat)

The rising star of crime fiction (The Times)

Let no one deny that the Manchester-born Hannah, who is also a poet, has become one of the finest crime writers of our generation. Her talent for byzantine plots and characters you feel affection for - especially in her fictional Culver Valley force - is now firmly established (Daily Mail)

Hannah takes us to a dark world of grotesque murders, psychological abuse, furtive cyber-sex adventures and pathological liars where, as usual, nothing is as it appears to be (Woman's Way)

Sophie Hannah's nine novels are difficult to label, and equally difficult to put down (The Times)

The queen of psychological crime returns with an intricate murder mystery (Sunday Express)

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Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a new literary mystery and a puzzle that's impossible to solve...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
Sophie Hannah at her best is edgy, tricksy and utterly compelling; but some of her later books have fallen a bit flat. This isn’t as good as Hurting Distance or The Other Half Lives, but is much better than The Carrier or A Room Swept White. The set-up revolves around a woman with secrets, and an outspoken journalist who is killed in a weird way; and the story involves issues of identity, public and private personas, and online lives.

At heart, this is a book with a story told in a complicated way, rather than necessarily being a complex story in its own right. The efforts to withhold past events from us do begin to feel a little contrived and artificial, and the story veers quite a long way from realism in the police investigation – no-one, for example, seems to worry about the fact that the murderer got into the house without breaking in, and that a convoluted killing scenario involving lots of accessories seems to have taken place while the man’s wife was downstairs in the kitchen...

I like Hannah’s slightly twisted world and, especially, the bizarre set-up of Charlie and Simon, but they feel a little under-used here. By the end we’re left with the feeling that no-one has anything but a dysfunctional relationship in the Sophie Hannah universe.

So an entertaining escapist read – but perhaps one that doesn’t bear too much scrutiny in terms of believability.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 27 May 2014
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I have read all of Sophie Hannah's previous books and enjoyed them, but this book I found tedious in the extreme. The main female protagonist was a totally unbelievable, hysterical character and the plot so ludicrously complicated that it was unintelligible. I was very disappointed and will think twice before buying a Sophie Hannah book again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of chatter 24 Jun 2014
I've become something of a fan of Sophie Hannah's novels over the years, her plots are dense and always twisty enough to have a good time with.

But...blimey this novel is talky. The bulk of it consists of people sitting in rooms having long conversations or confessionals from the hysterical and ridiculous protagonist.

Not one of Hannah's best for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious in the Extreme 23 Jun 2014
By Eric JB
Managed to finish this book after a bit of a struggle. The opening pages seem to go on forever with uninteresting stream of consciousness stuff from a woman who is hiding some sort of secret that, frankly, I couldn't care less about (at the start or when finally revealed).

I couldn't easily follow who the various police personnel were supposed to be when they were introduced although they seemed equally unbelievable people as the main protagonist with various personal problems and idiosyncracies that weren't particularly credible or relevant it seemed to me. The final denouement was unbelievable when I finally got to it.

The murder victim was about the most interesting part of the book but even his supposed newspaper article excerpts got tedious, as did the excerpts from supposed Twitter etc posts (as boring as most are in real life perhaps?).

This is the first book by this author I have read and it will be the last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The telling error culvert crime book nine 10 May 2014
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As with the last two books in this series found it to be nowhere near as good as the earlier books. Each and every character has got too predictable whole book , lack of real plot by middle, had become so boring and predictable. Kept reading in the hope it would Improve sadly got worse not better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a summertime read 23 Jun 2014
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Not very gripping, I've read better thrillers but it does trundle along ok to the denouement. The most interesting part is when written about Nikki the damaged person of interest. That kept my attention. Some of the other stuff I had to skip.
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1.0 out of 5 stars worse thar the last book - unbelievable awful ! 7 July 2014
By bella
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Have read all her books and thought the last one was a real "stinker" but everyone is allowed an "off day" can't believe that this book was as bad if not worse than the last ! Thinking back on her previous novels its hard to believe its the same author !
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I love a good mystery thriller and Sophie Hannah's writing gives you just that and more. I have to admit that this is the first of Sophie Hannah's books I have read and I will definitely be buying more to read the rest of the books in the series.

Hannah takes the reader on a mind-bending journey through lies, secrets, scandal and a commitment to both hiding unspeakable things and finding the truth about what happened to Damon Blundy.

I found it really hard to put this book down, Hannah's words gripped me from the start as you find yourself eager, or perhaps obsessed, with solving the puzzle of Blundy's murder.

Hannah has a remarkable talent for creating mystery, intrigue and complex, developed characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hannah classic
This is another stunning psychological crime thriller by Sophie Hannah. Chilling yet gripping, her story weaves a complex web leaving you uncertain as to its final conclusion. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Suzie Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Really glad I picked it up!!
I first read Sophie Hannah a few years ago, when I came across "Little Face" but to be honest I really didn't enjoy it so have avoided her books ever since. Read more
Published 8 days ago by H. S. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Love Sophie Hannah's Culver Valley series. Only problem is now I've read it, I have to wait for the next one!
Published 13 days ago by Jane Freund
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend, recommend, recommend.

Another cracking book by Sophie Hannah. Not a dud one yet! I love the characters, the story is brilliant and as ever different from the norm. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bradfordiansteph
5.0 out of 5 stars I am lucky enough to find Sophie Hannah's books!!
I happened to pick "The Point of Rescue (US version though)" one day at the store several years ago, and that story completely stole my whole being. Literally. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sakuramari
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense - and more
I have read all the Culver Valley series and am always impatiently awaiting the next one. The format of this latest psychological thriller is very similar to the previous stories,... Read more
Published 27 days ago by JenLes
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than "The Carrier" but not her best.
Sophie is back on form after the "hard-going" previous novel, "The Carrier". Yes it kept me interested till the end, but I have got to say this is to me not her... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Robby
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling and Gripping
My initial thought when I closed this book was well that was a complete head-wreck but it all made perfect sense when revealed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trish @ Between My Lines
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