Roy Lewis – The Woods Murder

Nine-year-old Jenny Carson is brutally murdered in Kenton Wood on her way from school. Then Charles Lendon is found stabbed to death with a skewer through his heart. He was a ruthless lawyer and something of a womanizer. Jenny’s father blamed him for her murder.

As the local police struggle, Inspector Crow is called in. Can he connect the two killings? He discovers that several of those closest to Charles Lendon had good reason to hate him: his housekeeper lover, her unstable brother, even the boyfriend of his attractive young colleague Cathy Tennant.

Inspector John Crow

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.

Author: Roy Lewis
Narrator: Chris MacDonnell
Duration: 6 hours 50 minutes
Released: 19 Mar 2009
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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It is difficult to listen to a novel as gruesome as GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) without the temporary respite one finds in a sympathetic character. In this story everyone is bad, really bad. They do terrible things to one another without any of the necessary backstory that allows the reader context for their motivations. Even money, wealth and power do not seem to drive these malefactors. Revenge crops up occasionally, but it is so out of proportion to our understanding of the characters that it feels forced.

I do not recommend this book. It is dark without redemption. However, Gerard Doyle is, as usual, phenomenal.