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5+ stars for Secret Places (DCI Greg Geldard, Book 1) by Heather Peck #audiobook #crimethriller

Title: Secret Places (DCI Greg Geldard, Book 1)

Author: Heather Peck

Narrator: Scott Fleming

Genre: Crime Thriller, Detective British Mystery


Book Blurb: 


Would you kill to escape abuse?


Introducing the acclaimed Greg Geldard Norfolk Mysteries—your gateway to an enthralling world! Join Tristan Smith, a goat farmer, cheese maker, and weaver, tending her North Yorkshire smallholding, when the unexpected discovery of a skeleton in a deserted World War II bunker by archaeologists sets off a chain of events that unravel a mystery beyond that first casualty.


DI Geldard follows the trail from North Yorkshire to the Norfolk Broads, seeking justice for a long-dead victim, while another individual searches for a fresh start and a safe haven. Immerse yourself in this captivating tale of coercion and abuse set in picturesque locations. Listeners describe it as a gripping, thrilling, and intense series: a crime mystery with a kick. If you're a fan of Elly Griffiths, this series is a must-listen for you!


My Review: 


Story Impressions – When a body is discovered in a World War Two bunker, DI Geldard digs up more than he bargained for. A gripping mystery that had me on the edge of my seat. The characters are engaging, and I connected with them. There are some intense moments dealing with the emotional and psychological ramifications from domestic abuse. It made me riveted while listening. This is book one in the series, and I can't wait to listen to more. If you love crime thrillers, this is a must-listen.


Narrator’s overall voice –Scott Fleming narrates the mystery without flaw. His voice is appealing yet doesn’t detract from the overall story.

Does the narrator fit the characters? Yes, the narrator uses his voice like an instrument, differing it to fit the characters.

Narrator’s reading style –There’s an easiness to Scott Fleming’s style which makes listening to him a breeze.

Narrator’s impact on reading experience –Scott Fleming makes the characters come alive. Readers can enjoy listening to him and ponder this whodunit.

Narrator’s pacing –The pacing is even and doesn’t detract the reader’s attention.

Audiobook flow –The audiobook flows well.

What makes this audiobook unique –What I found so unique about this audiobook was the way the narrator expresses emotion throughout the crime thriller.

Would I recommend this audiobook –Yes, I would recommend it to any listener. You’ll be entertained for hours.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


Heather Peck is the author of the award-winning DCI Greg Geldard series, a collection of murder mysteries set in the picturesque landscapes of rural North Yorkshire and Norfolk.


Over the years, she has worn many hats, from farmer to agricultural policy adviser. She has bred sheep and alpacas, raised calves, negotiated on behalf of the UK in international fora, specialised in emergency response, managed controls related to pesticides and GM crops, seen legislation through the UK parliament, and even got paid to eat KitKats while on secondment to Nestle Rowntree.


Following early retirement, she chaired an NHS Trust, worked on animal welfare initiatives, sailed the Norfolk Broads, volunteered in Citizens Advice and the Witness Service, and participated in human Covid vaccination efforts.


She lives in Norfolk, nestled between the picturesque Broads and the stunning coastline, where she and her partner, Gary, share their home with a menagerie of two dogs, two cats, two hens, one rabbit, and rather fewer fish than they started out with, courtesy of the local heron.


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Reviewed by: Nancy


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