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Publisher's Summary

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.

Fifty-six days ago

Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

Thirty-five days ago

When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who - and what - he really is.

Today

Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

Crime by the Book

©2021 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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  • 08-18-21

A bit disappointing

I discovered it is a bit too soon for me to listen to a COVID based mystery, especially with the new variant on the rise. I want an escape, not a reminder of it.

The back and forth timeline and word for word repetition of certain scenes was confusing and irritating at times.

I felt really sorry for the main character, Oliver. It all felt so pointless by the end.

The narration was well done.

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Maybe just too soon for me

Good story but LOTS of Covid lockdown details that would have felt dystopian two years ago but are all too familiar and not very interesting any more since we are all still living through it.

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You GOT me Ms. Howard.. Well done!!

I first listened to 'The Liar's Girl' by Catherine Ryan Howard because it was offered as part of the Audible Unlimited Library. I was so impressed after listening. I was shocked that I got to listen to such a wonderful thriller 'for free.'; When I saw she had a new book, I had to spend the credit and have a listen. I am so glad I did.

Very rarely does a writer surprise me with a twist that I didn't see coming with some kind of foreshadowing ahead of time. I was so pleasantly surprised and a little shocked that I saw none of the ending coming.. and the best part is, none of it was irrational or implausible.

I am a real fan of Catherine Ryan Howard. Irish writers like she and John Boyne have so much to offer readers (and listeners!).

Perfectly narrated, deliciously twisty, and.. you won't see it coming! Listen carefully!

5 BIG stars!!

-Wendi

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Disappointed

The story drug on in the beginning but improved half way through. While I am living through this pandemic, reading about it was too soon. Mediocre book.

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great book as always

this is my favorite author on audible and my very favorite narrator. the story is good maybe not her best but I definitely did not see the twist coming!!!

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Another great one

There isn’t much I can say about this author other than she’s just.. fantastic!! Her stories are engaging and just so good. I was waiting for this and so happy to have listened! Can’t wait for more from this author, I’ve already read and loved all of her other books!

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Twistception

Twists are fun, but this was just a layering of twists to the twists. A little overkill, in my opinion. Who was who on the back-and-forth timeline got a bit confusing, too, though I know that was part of the point. The narrator was fantastic, though!

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Loved it!

At first I thought I wouldn’t enjoy a story with anything to do about the pandemic, but honestly, I became so engrossed in the story and characters right from the start. I felt like I could’ve been strolling the canal or sitting in a coffee shop with the them because of how relatable and natural everything felt. Thought the plot development was great too- love CRH’s writing style. Felt all the emotions on both sides of the tragedy. I traveled everywhere with my headphones just so I could listen on the go. So good!

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Interesting

Definitely took a turn I wasn’t expecting at the end. Quite a sad book really, but it’s always interesting to hear books about the quarantine and what happened (or could have).

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So much better than I expected!

Ok, so I completely understand the reviews about there being a bit too much of the pandemic specifics. Sometimes it felt a bit of overkill. But, the story will need that information for future readers who didn't experience it like we all did.
The narrator, Alana Kerr Collins, did a great job. I was concerned I wouldn't like her narration because of a previous audiobook I had begun that she was reading and it was awful. Her inflections in that book were so off tone that it made it difficult to focus on the actual story. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how much she has improved since then.
The story is great. An excellent psychological suspense. I don't regret spending my credit on this. I could have held out and borrowed it for free from the library, but I could not wait 16 weeks. Worth it!!!!

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