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Sunday 20 August 2023

GRIMM UP NORTH


Grimm Up North by David J. Gatward
Book 1 in the DCI Harry Grimm series
Narrated by Aubrey Parsons
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook


Welcome to Wensleydale, where the cheese is famous, the scenery beautiful, and the locals have murder on their minds …

Detective Chief Inspector Harry Grimm is forced to take leave from Bristol’s Major Investigations Team when his boss, tired of Harry chasing the ghost of his murderous father, sends him north on secondment.

Used to city life and high stress, Harry fears his life will now be spent handing out speeding tickets, finding lost sheep, and directing tourists. But when a local teenager runs away, Harry finds himself pulled into an investigation much worse than anyone could have ever expected.

The nicer the place, the darker the secrets. Wensleydale is beautiful, everyone is friendly and welcoming, and people just don’t get murdered ... do they?

A classic fish-out-of-water crime mystery set in the stunning and evocative scenery of Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.
Source: Info in the "About Grimm Up North" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54453585-grimm-up-north on 10/08/2023.


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My Thoughts:
I love dour and forbidding heroes in crime fighting stories! Also love the humour that this author peppers the story with!

I reckon that the reason DSI Firbank sent Harry up north is not because of the photograph but because of the condition his prisoners came in with. British police just frown on battered prisoners in your custody.

Hopefully, the author will reveal where Richard Askew got his source from in subsequent books in the series. Who is the leak?

There is an element of "stupid" here which I am wilfully ignoring for the reading enjoyment that I got out of this book. Hopefully this will not repeat in subsequent books.

Aubrey Parsons did a very good job indeed in narrating this book. Not only did he made the story come to life, but, he also drove home the humour in it! I also liked the way he gave our hero the gruff and gravely voice. It fits the character to the T!


Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (6 hrs and 40 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5


Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


Books In The DCI Harry Grimm Series:
Book 1: GRIMM UP NORTH Book 2: BEST SERVED COLD Book 3: CORPSE ROAD Book 4: SHOOTING SEASON Book 5: RESTLESS DEAD Book 6: DEATH'S REQUIEM Book 7: BLOOD SPORT Book 8: COLD SANCTUARY Book 9: ONE BAD TURN Book 10: BLOOD TRAIL Book 11: FAIR GAME Book 12: UNQUIET BONES Book 13: THE DARK HOURS Book 14: SILENT RUIN Book 15: DEAD MAN'S HANDS


 
Meet The Author

About David J. Gatward:
David J. Gatward grew up in Wensleydale and is the award-winning author of the DCI Harry Grimm crime novels. He has also written numerous books for children, teenagers and young adults.


The Narrator

About Aubrey Parsons:
Professional voice over artist and singer for over 20 years. Based in the UK, I have a very neutral British accent. However, I can mimic most UK & Irish accents along with General American and various U.S. regional accents. In addition to voiceover work I am a professional singer.



FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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