The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Narrator: Ben Aldritch

hours 35 minutes

Publisher Macmillan 2021

  • In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

This is the first book in the series so we have a few characters to get to know, primarily DI Matthew Venn and his team consisting of Liverpool lass DS Jen and the wayward overly energetic DC Ross. Not to forget Jonathan who is Matthews husband, Jonathan is important to the story because he runs a centre for people with learning difficulties, star of the centre, The Woodyard, is Lucy who has Downs, she lives with her old dad Maurice. These then are the central characters.

On then to the story, The murdered man has a connection to the centre ... and then it gets complicated! Many leads to follow up, many blind alleys, lots of angst and suppressed anger. It is a police procedural so we know we are in for plenty of, well, procedures!

The question is, are these procedures interesting? Well yes, it is an intriguing story told with great skill, and yes, I found Matthew Venn (and his husband Jonathan) interesting enough to want to continue with the series, however, I did find it overly drawn out at times, a bit slow moving

I thought Ben Aldritch did a top job with the narration, nice lively pace and excellent delivery, I'd listen to him again anytime

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