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Publisher's Summary

Dangerous Lady is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 best seller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This audio edition contains a bonus interview between author and narrator and is a must for fans old and new, and listeners of Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter.

Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her.

But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness....

Special feature: Martina Cole chats with Annie Aldington, who narrates her audiobooks about their favourite characters, books and the world of Martina's novels to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dangerous Lady.

©1992 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

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Best read since the Clifton Chronicles!

One of my first audio books was the Clifton series. Since then it’s been hard to find anything that measures up. Well I’m happy to say that between the fantastic storyline and incredible performance, I’ve finally found my next round of books to enjoy!

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I really enjoyed listening to this story and l9ved the interview with Martina Cole at the end. thank you

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Could not put it down.

Loved it, could not put it down ones started, time changes was a bit disorentainted to listen to and I wished I had the actual paper book to be able to go back to confirm charecters, specialy in the beginning.





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  • Kay Mcnamara
  • 03-31-19

Gripping

As a retired police officer I adore Martinas books, research is spot on. I love an audio book and a paper book/ kindle
Keep up the good fight girl we all love you lots x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-18

crooks

excellent couldn't stop listening . Maura's termination . Mickey and his antics . read wonderfully . can't wait till next listen

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  • Victoria
  • 05-05-20

I loved this book 20 years ago

I'd forgotten how much I loved Martina Coles books 20 years ago and love them just as much if not more on audio

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-28-18

Amazing audio

So beautifully read by Annie Aldington, and Annie is excellent at the different characters voices, will definitely be looking for more books read by this lovely lady 👏👏👏

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  • Lucy locket
  • 05-20-22

Another brilliant listen

Oh Martina what a wonderful book. How on earth you write these books is beyond me, but you are superb. Annie Aldington delivers and narrates so well, perfect in fact.
Another book I could not stop listening too.
I am now hooked on this author and this narrator.

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  • Jax
  • 12-11-21

Be prepared to get gripped by this book

OMG ! Annie you are the best narrator I have ever listened to - EVER! -so glad you were chosen to read Martina's amazing novel.

Dangerous Lady - is one of the most addictive books I have listened to so far, I found myself finding 'excuses' to listen to more as I went on. I had to stop for a day to let one particular shocking, sad and brutal scene 'set in' -(you'll know the part I'm on about when you listen), just goes to show how expert Martina is with her attention to detail when writing a novel.
I could relate to the large family lifestyle easily, which made this book even more enjoyable.
Now that I have finished it, I miss it. I miss hearing the banter between the characters, the twists and turns, the betrayal and revenge.
Can't wait to get stuck into another awesome novel by Martina!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

10 out of 10. Honestly !

First of all, I just got to say that this was my first Martina Cole book and I am hooked. I will be listening to all of her books. The characters, humour, intensity, absolutely everything was just so gripping. I often found myself planning on 1 hour and ended up doing 3 hours. I just could not stop listening. I was constantly saying to myself, 5 more minutes, 1 more chapter. Thank you so much Martina.

I also want to say that the narrator Annie Aldington is fantastic. She really does bring the characters to life. You can tell that this is not just a job to her. This woman truly loves and believes in what she’s reading and it just comes across. Thank you Annie.

Now for the story. I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone, so I won’t spoil anything. Michael Ryan was personally my favourite character and whilst listening, all I could picture was a cockney, taller version of Tommy Shelby from peaky blinders. I honestly believe Cilian Murphy has read this book and based his performance on Michael Ryan. Of course I could be wrong, but it’s just how I feel. There was one part of this book where I had to stop reading. Anyone who has read it will know what part I’m on about. I was just so invested and a particular part I had to just stop for 2 days. I needed time to process what had happened. That’s how gripping this book is.

Now, she’s not in it a lot, but I gotta give a shout out to Mauras best friend Marge. The banter between these 2 characters was so real, so funny and so gripping. I was genuinely laughing out loud on every chapter that these 2 were together. Don’t even get me started on the banter between Sarah and Benjamin. I had to re listen to the taxi ride 3 times because of how much I was laughing. They just reminded me so much of my grandparents. Absolutely brilliant.

I can’t say no more now, not without spoiling the story. This is a must read. Happy reading everyone.

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  • miss l gerrard
  • 09-15-21

Another brilliant story

I absolutely loved every minute of this book I couldn’t stop listening. I highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-21

Even better the second time!

Read this book years ago, wanted to read Maura’s Game next so I needed a recap. This audiobook was perfect! And excellently delivered by Annie.

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  • Nikki gibb
  • 03-15-21

Gripping

I felt as though I was there when I read this book I absolutely loved the story and the characters so much so my next read is Mauras game by Martina ... I cant wait to get stuck into it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-22

Captivating.

Brilliant story, captivating and excellent narration.
After many years hiatus, you’ve got me back Martina Cole. Im going to listen to every book I didn’t read years ago.
Well done, excellent work! It’s so hard to find the perfect combinations. Dangerous Lady nails it 👍👏🙏