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The Frequency Of Murder

The Frequency Of Murder [Kindle Edition]

John Hogarth
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Have you ever heard someone take their last breath?
You probably have but just didn't know it.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Cowell is back on duty only weeks after a disciplinary hearing following the deaths of two of his fellow officers. The not-guilty verdict has left psychological scars. Most of his staff are showing signs of hostility towards him and now even his girlfriend’s dumped him.

The bodies of two young women are discovered as a murderer goes on a killing spree. The first is strangled, the next brutally stabbed. When Cowell discovers a matching signature he realises that he and his new partner are searching for the area's first serial killer.

Somehow the local radio station and its presenters are involved in the mystery, but what is that link? What is the motivation? For DCI Cowell this is the lowest point of his life, but can he pull himself together and unravel the strands to track down the killer before it's too late?

John Hogarth is a British radio presenter / producer and budding author who, at one point, reached the number 5 position in the UK National eBook chart. Only being denied the top spot by E.L.James and Suzanne Collins.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: John Hogarth (24 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071LJVYC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good debut novel 15 Aug 2012
By Sueo
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Couldnt put this book down, so spent a happy day out in the garden reading. It did not disappoint, it was fast paced and gripping. I look forward to the next novel, hopefully giving us more background on Richard Cowell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunities 23 July 2012
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This could have been a reasonable example of the serial revenge slasher genre, but the characters were formulaic and one dimensional, there were unresolved plot lines and what seemed to be obvious factual errors. In fact, I wonder whether the author is not British, despite the plot being set in and around Torquay. There are various references to DCI Cowell and his colleagues putting on their uniform. It is unusual for the detective division to wear uniform routinely. Similarly, would Cowell really have reached the rank of DCI by his mid 20s? His superintendent was described as someone he had been at police college with, so either he was a stratospheric high flyer, or we were meant to work out he had been Cowell's tutor. While some authors get bogged down in forensic or procedural detail, this author seemed to skip over any areas that could have been researched - except perhaps details of computer games. The author says that he is keen for feedback. I would suggest he does his research, so that his facts are correct and errors don't distract from the plot; that he follows through on plot lines if he is going to bother developing them - we never did find out really why McGregor's attitude to Cowell changed or why she had been crying; and that he makes us care about the characters enough to worry whether they live or die. On the other hand, at less than £2 it was probably value for money.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best first novel ive read for a long time 9 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As this is the first novel , from John Hogarth . I must say its a great read from first to last page , hard to put down ,a page turner that draws you in till the very end. If JAMES PATTERSON'S name was on the cover like many , it would sell hundreds of thousands of copys .Keep up the good work, looking out for you next book .H-D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good potential but too inconsistent 25 April 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The basic premise of this story is a good one and promises much. The way in which the story is played out, little by little, teases the reader and keeps the attention. We know who the killer is but we don't know how he relates to any of the other characters in the story. We know his name and a little about him but we don't know why he is doing what he is doing and what is driving him to do the things he does. Why do people have to die in such hideous ways, and what is the significance of his dreams? The tension felt in a community where a serial killer is at large is well described, but not overplayed. There is a gradual building of relationships and a hint of other things happening in the lives of the police officers, although much more is told about DCI Cowell, because the relationships he is building will be affected by the things which he is working on. There was potential for this to be a thrilling story but sadly the whole thing is let down by inconsistencies, inaccuracies and a failure to follow through on a number of plot devices. In the UK murders are investigated by the CID (Criminal Investigation Department), which is not a uniformed section of the police, but throughout the story we are told that the Detective Chief Inspector and his Sergeant are both in uniform. We also take our animals to the Vet for treatment, if pushed, to the veterinary surgeon but NOT to the Veterinarian. The constant use of the word "peaked" when the author really meant "peeked" was also quite irritating. There were many instances where the use of a good proofreader would have been extremely beneficial, but instead was sadly lacking.

This was a story with a lot of promise, but was not well handled. Hopefully if there is to be a sequel, and the loose ends indicate that that is a possibility, I would hope that the errors and inconsistencies would be ironed out first
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A murderous good novel 27 Jan 2012
By Monty
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THE FREQUENCY OF MURDER is a refreshingly different murder mystery set in the little-known world of a local radio station. What's more, it's set in South Devon - my favourite holiday area. So what's not to like? The hero is flawed and not flawless, and is totally believable. And the action carries the reader forward at a rate of knots. I found it very hard to put down. I haven't heard of this writer before. Is it a first novel? If it is, it's a winning debut. Roll on his second!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 14 Mar 2014
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Good read, well written and with a plot that kept my interest, with the full story developing in snippets that kept me wanting to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frequency of murder 21 Oct 2013
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Enjoyed the book the frequency of murder,read it while on holiday and found I couldn't put it down would definitely recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Aug 2013
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Brilliant read for a first book, definitely recommending to everyone I know and I can't wait for your next book to come out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly written and sexist
Nasty tale full of contempt for women. Both 'hero' and villain are equally at fault. Pedestrian writing focuses on what people wear rather than on motivation or character. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Really worth a read i wholly enjoyed every page and im sure anyone else will too. Well done great fun
Published 13 months ago by susi
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
I've gave this book five stars, because i thought it was a really good book and I think he's on the level as Peter Robinson so keep the good story coming.
Published 14 months ago by Unknownlinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book I found hard to put down
I look for free thrillers and I was delighted to have come across this book. It's fast moving right from the start and keeps you sliding those pages at a great pace! Read more
Published 15 months ago by vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thriller
As a local girl I can relate well to all the places mentioned in the book I really enjoyed it and found it hard to put down looking forward to the next one
Published 16 months ago by Jane Bemand-Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
This is not bad if as the other reviews say it is a first novel. If you are going to write a police procedural please get the facts right, though. Read more
Published 16 months ago by janner37
5.0 out of 5 stars set in my home town
For a first book i have to say well done. Apart from the fact a copper gets drunk on four Buds it is a book that makes you wonder how the break will come to catch a killer.
Published 16 months ago by NICK TEAGUE
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Book
This book was recommended to me and I am so glad that I took their comments on board. For me this was a really enjoyable novel; not the best but well worth a read, hence my 4*... Read more
Published 17 months ago by B. J. Fall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good page turning read
Having done a quick scan of some of the lower starred reviews of this book to see if I had missed something, I can confirm I am neither a friend nor family member of the author... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ross
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