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The Telling Error: Culver Valley Crime Book 9

The Telling Error: Culver Valley Crime Book 9 [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Hannah
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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)

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)

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)

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)

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340980753
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Culver Valley Crime Book 9 edition (24 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DS9G284
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Carrier-On 18 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It should come as no surprise that this, the 9th book in the Spilling/Culver Valley CID series, sticks to a well-established formula. As always, the narrative revolves around a bizarre or seemingly impossible crime which is related through alternating first and third person chapters. As always, the first person narrator is an intelligent but slightly flaky woman in middle youth whose connection to the case comes to seem progressively less coincidental as the story progresses. As always, there's a secondary mystery which is only tangentially connected to the case. And, as always, there's a bit of background from the supporting characters and a few incursions into the mental landscape of the main investigating officers. Essentially, if you buy this, you'll be getting a Sophie Hannah novel; whether you enjoy it or not will depend on whether or not your the type of person who enjoys Sophie Hannah novels.

About two years ago, I read an interview with Hannah and was drawn to download her first book, Little Face. Immediately, I realised that this was an author I was going to enjoy. After that, I worked through all of the novels in uninterrupted chronological order. In all, the books have a lot to commend them. Hannah has a parallel career as a poet and this is made apparent through some strong descriptive writing. The narratives are never less than compelling and the author had a very clear understand of how to maintain a reader's interest by teasingly drip-feeding information before shifting to another perspective entirely.

Unfortunately, after the series peaked with the masterful The Other Half Lives, Hannah has been churning out more of the same. She's found a formula that works, and she's sticking to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 8 Sep 2014
Very disappointing book. Ridiculously far fetched and complicated plot, completely unbelievable. Just about made it to the end but it was a struggle. I love a good psychological thriller, but this was really pretty bad.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worse thar the last book - unbelievable awful ! 7 July 2014
By bella
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Braveheart 5 Aug 2014
By pierre
Format:Kindle Edition
I like Sophie Hannah because she is a brave writer who is confident in her own authentic author's voice. I prefer her challenging contributions to the twee offerings I've been reading recently which seem reluctant to take risks. I also love her devastating flashes of wit which many reviewers do not appear to notice. This latest work contains all her trademark features; the nutty neurotic middle-class female protagonist, some devious mysteries, an intense over-the-top style, endless psychological probing, a dodgy best friend (replacing the usual dodgy husband), eccentric police procedures and split narrative perspectives. My only complaints are that this series has become too samey and the ending is pretty convoluted (I wasn't particularly convinced by the mouse of a wife). Hopefully, Poirot has given Ms. Hannah fresh impetus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Good but terribly wordy although very funny in places, one incident when Nicki parks in a mother and child parking place at the local library and receives a tirade of self-righteous twaddle from a pompous self appointed bigot is typical of today's PC warriors. The main protagonist Nicki is a complex character whose childhood and adolescent life in a home with a strict father and subservient mother has turned her into a neurotic adult who constantly needs to prove to herself that she's basically a good person but that has caused her to become involved in some dubious relationships. The story is good if you can be bothered to plough through till the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time required to read it.
You have to like at least one character in a book, have an empathy with them, every single person in this book (including the detective couple) were awful and like many others I... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent-again
I am a big fan of the Sophie Hannah series, however was very disappointed with her last book "The Carrier" and didn't bother finish reading it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julia Schwarz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
I enjoyed this book but not as much as some of the others. Easy read but a bit predictable.
Published 1 month ago by Linzi m
2.0 out of 5 stars My response in the end was more like 'who cares
If I had to pick a word to describe this book it would be 'tedious'. It seemed to just go on, and on, not quite knowing what to do, or where to go with all the characters that had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janice Leibowitz
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Brilliant as I knew it would be. Sophie Hannah is one of my favourite authors. The more you read in her books, the greater the thrill of finding characters that are the very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I normally enjoy Sophie Hannah books but found this one very disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by A literary lover
4.0 out of 5 stars but from then on a good read.
Took a little while to get into the story, but from then on a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. A. Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Really enjoyed this, and not usually a fan of crime/mystery.
Well-written with genuinely surprising twists. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melonee
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than i thought after her last over complex book
Better than i thought after her last over complex book.BUT it is spoiled by too much "clever dickery" and wordy sections. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vivienne
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