• Death in the Sunshine

  • The Retired Detectives Club, Book 1
  • By: Steph Broadribb
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (284 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Four ex-cops in a retirement paradise. Sure they’ll rest...when the killer is caught.

After a long career as a police officer, Moira hopes a move to a luxury retirement community will mean she can finally leave the detective work to the youngsters and focus on a quieter life. But it turns out The Homestead is far from paradise. When she discovers the body of a young woman floating in one of the pools, surrounded by thousands of dollar bills, her crime-fighting instinct kicks back in and she joins up with fellow ex-cops - and new neighbours - Philip, Lizzie and Rick to investigate the murder.

With the case officers dropping ball after ball, Moira and the gang take matters into their own hands, turning undercover homicide investigators. But the killer is desperate to destroy all the evidence and Moira, Philip, Lizzie and Rick soon find themselves getting in the way - of the murderer and the police.

Just when they thought they could finally relax, they discover that someone has infiltrated their ‘safe’ community. Can they hunt down the murderer and get back to retiring in peace? And after all the excitement, will they want to?

©2022 Steph Broadribb. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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ugh.

can't finish. one cliche after another. it's like the author is aiming for Hemingway-esque descriptions but isn't adding to the storyline in any profitable way. could cut 80% of the verbage to get to the actual plot and not lose anything meaningful. how many times in a row do you have to say "murder board on the glass of the patio door"? just say board or list or door! stop trying to fill the page with words and say what you need to say! the extra verbage is distracting.
voice actor is good, the negatives all lie in the story. can't get lost in it because of how much prattling on there is.

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Very Enjoyable!

I throughly enjoyed this book! Kept me guessing who the killer was and kept me thoroughly engaged! Great character development and main characters are all very likeable. Narrator was wonderful. I do hope the author makes this a series and if so, I cannot wait for the next one!!! I highly recommend this book!

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Worth the Listen

The story was somewhat farfetched at times, but not so much that could not continue.Narrator was great!

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Death in the sunshine

I liked this book very much. Audible doesn't have book 2 & I really want to listen to it.

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SOOO not for me!

I listened to this book for HOURS, struggling from Minute 1. Then I checked and saw that I was only 52 minutes in. I couldn't go on. I just turned it off and navigated my traffic jam in dull but preferable silence.

It seemed like an interesting - even amusing - premise. But...

Why would 3 British LEOs land in the same retirement village in Florida? Why would a retired DCI have not the faintest understanding of crime scene procedure? In NO circumstances would this person be allowed past the tape, and even the most bumptious cop would not assume he had the right to push his way into another agency's scene. And no cop is going to let some old fool.onto a scene without even getting ID. That's Crime Scene 101.

And the characters... Moira is wishy-washy and dithering, and whatever past tragedy is hinted at (over and over) is probably the result of her inability to make a decision. Phillip is pushy, overbearing, and stupid (he does, however, win the prize for most utterly detestable non-villain in the history of fiction). Lizzie has no personality at all (and if CSIs have anything, it's personality). The fourth person, whose name I couldn't be bothered to remember, seems like a creepy space-invader and possibly a sex offender. I would not spend five minutes in the company of any of these people - much less all four. Much, much less nine hours!

Switching between four points of view is annoying - especially with four such unappealing characters. Present tense... I think some authors think this is a tool to.show their ability or to keep the reader imvolved. It's neither. It's gimmicky and irritating. Why bother with a cozy mystery - especially one with so many other disasters in progress.

I love British narrators. But this reader... not so much. She sounded as bored as I felt - but also a bit haughty. Even if the book had been tolerable, I would probably not have continued to listen, unless I was in dire need of a cure for insomnia.

And the subtitle... Is this supposed to be the grown-up version of the babysitters' club? Or did I miss the YA label?

All that having been said, if you are still interested in this audiobook, I recommend you listen to the entire sample, so you know what you're in for.

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Left me wanting more!

The story was good, great characters, good resolution... with just a bit of a hint for the next book.

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Thoroughly enjoyable novel

You must get this novel. I enjoyed listening to it so much. The story is great. The characters are strong and interesting. The narration was excellent.

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Annoying and disappointing ❌❌❌

Let me tell you. This story was definitely not worth the investment. ❌❌ The four main characters are such a disappointment minus one in particular.

Lizzy is roll your eyes endlessly annoying. All she does is protect her issues time and time and time and time again. Moira isn't too bad until she isn't. Then I could do without her. Finally, Philip is an overgrown man child. He can be tossed out the window. 🙄🙄

The plot was LACKING. The mixture of British with a little American police procedural is weird. The backgrounds of the characters that were unfolding at a sloths pace.... kill me now. The actual mystery was fine. I tracked that. Not strong at all, just fine.

I 👏🏽 Do 👏🏽 Not 👏🏽 Recommend 👏🏽

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good listen

I enjoyed this Murder mystery and its unusual group of sleuths. The narrator does a fine job of keeping the tensions up.

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Disappointed

The long and the short of it is this wasn't what I was hoping for to be truthful. The book dragged on too long with the secrets of the UK retired detectives. I had to jump from Chapter 23 to Chapter 42 to just move the story along because I was getting bored with Moira's and Philip's ridiculous behavior regarding their secrets. Philip was just an annoying blow hard in general.
The only character I liked was Rick. I'm glad I only spent $2 on this book and no more.

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  • Alex Rawnsley
  • 04-11-22

Quite like the story

I’m enjoying the story and do want to know how it ends but I’m really struggling through it with the narration. I don’t, somehow think that the narrator is British, the accent is really off putting unfortunately. I will try to read it on Kindle instead.

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  • threewiseninjas
  • 04-05-22

Unbearable.

No reflection on the writer, but I didn't make it to the end of chapter one!

The narrator is terrible; reading it staccato fashion, in a manner that suggests she is trying to knock it off quickly, before going out to do her shopping. Her diction is also appalling, pronouncing twenty as 'twenny' and community as 'communidy'

Honestly, I'm not sure Priti Patel could have done a worse job.

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 03-26-22

poor narration.

As said by others very similar feel to the Richard Osman book. Well written and keeps you engaged. Unfortunately the narrator has terrible pronunciation constantly mispronouncing word. Padeo instead of Patio, Philap for Philip most T's are replaced by D's. It really starts to distract from the book. Think I would recommend reading the book over narration.

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  • S Gough
  • 03-23-22

Good plot, narrator struggles..

The narrator struggles with some English pronunciations. She called the MET Office the M. E. T. Office for example. Four of characters are from London and were police in the MET. It grates when things are pronounced incorrectly.

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  • Daydreamer
  • 06-21-22

Great book - awful performance

I loved this book but the narrator was awful. She obviously isn't English or American and can't do either accent well. Certain words began to grate on me early on because her diction and pronunciation was awful. Plus one of the characters was constantly feeling queasy which was intensely irritating in a strong woman. I'd love to hear something from this author read by someone else.

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  • 06-21-22

Couldn't get past the narrator

Really unfortunate as I was looking forward to the book but I just couldn't get past the narration. So very oddly pronounced words and a less than compalling reading that didn't make up for the accent / pronunciation. Well try reading it at some point instead

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  • Amyloueliza
  • 05-31-22

A bit of fun, with a twist.

I enjoyed this book, both listening and reading. I can see this as the beginning of a series. Great to see retired people being recognised as being able bodied and mentally on the mark.
So often I wish there was a way to encourage the younger generation to value the years of hard work that's been done. Also in some cases when there wasn't the internet and electronic wizardry of today
Let's never forget that the people who lived before us prepared the way for us. Ok, now I've got that off my chest!
Enjoy the book and the naration.

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  • Mellonclan
  • 05-15-22

narration leaves a lot to be desired

Enjoyed the story but the narration spoiled it. one of the main characters is Philip but the narrator says Philup every time and it drove me mad. is she British or American. at times she got totally confused and so did I. Would live to listen to more books I this series but need to see if the narrator has changed.

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  • Vixanne
  • 05-01-22

Enjoyable Story

I really enjoyed this book - nicely written and read - well written characters with interesting backstories that are still not fully understood - will be searching for more by this author now!!

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  • Carôle
  • 03-11-22

Death in the Sunshine - This is NOT The Thursday Murder Club!

Don’t Compare Them.

I understand why there’s the comparison between this title and both of The Thursday Murder Club books.
However, whilst I haven’t read the negative reviews and don’t know what they say. I can understand why there would be negative comparisons. I shall deal with those first.

The 4 people are former law enforcement. Therefore between them there should be an inherent level of organisation, discipline, methodology. They display none of that. The lead character, Moira, is a former DCI, however she thinks nothing of leaving her colleague/partner in the lurch and running off to chase someone! She is not a septuagenarian (only Phillip is), as the murder club team are, so I’m sure that she thinks she can run after a person of interest who is 30 years her junior! But she shouldn’t, because she can’t and she should know better!

They don’t work together as a team, because there are 2 former DCI’s (Moira and Philip), who can’t take orders - both of whom have secret pasts.
Let’s talk about those secrets, because no one else is talking: I think that it’s a bad plot point to repeatedly harp on about an issue or secret or stumbling block if there’s to be no enlightenment. Mention it strategically and then let it go! To continually go on about it (whilst not saying anything about it), in every chapter, is not mysterious, it’s annoying and distracting. Leave it out. (With the lead character in TTMC, you know that there’s a mystery to her past, it’s been hinted at, but it doesn’t take over the whole book).

My third ‘gripe’ is the unlikelihood that a group of SENIOR LEVEL former Law Enforcement, who are dealing with a Murder, would write their Murder Board on a Patio Door, in full view of Anyone who happens to be in the area. (Thus potentially giving away any strategy they may have). Especially given that prior to the creation of the Murder Board, it was known that Moira was being followed and had indeed been followed to that location! (Everything TTMC did was discrete).

Communication. Sharing information is highly subjective with this group. Obviously both trust issues and god complexes. By chapter 25, there’s little engaging activity, so this is a slower burner that The Thursday Murder Club, which itself is not a speedy narrative, but DOES have more engaging characters and a more compelling plot.

(The blurb does not inform us that 3 of the former law enforcement officers are British and just 1 is American. Neither does it hint at antagonisms among them - which is seriously misplaced). The fact that there are English characters, do also lend themselves to the comparisons being made.

But this is NOT The Thursday Murder Club! If you can, move away from that thought - then you may enjoy the narrative for its own sake and in my opinion, it doesn’t need the comparison in order to be found wanting - there are enough plot discrepancies to do that for itself.

So, here’s my review based on its own merits.

It’s an interesting first novel and the characters have a long way to go in terms of development.
Throughout the whole, there is only one truly likeable character (on both good and bad sides of the fence)! The ‘amateur’ investigation has the air of officialdom but the characters don’t fulfil the role as you would expect. The official Detective in charge is totally unbelievable (as is the former DCI, Phillip), the official police are written as Keystone Cops (or are portrayed as we unfortunately too often see on YouTube videos of the behaviours of cops in small towns).

The plot meanders, vacillating between the oft mentioned past secrets of two of the characters and the incidental progression towards finding out what happened – with much farcical police interjections. Even the denouement is done in a very amateur fashion, resulting in an unnecessary injury. (Why not pull the car in front of the pick up truck)?

Whilst I didn’t overly enjoy this ‘episode’, I will probably read the next one to see if there are any improvements. If there aren’t, then I won’t progress beyond book 2. I’ve not read anything by this author before - I don’t know if it’s her first - if so (another TTMC comparison), it could do with developing. The narrator, Sarah Zimmerman, was not too bad, but she let slip a few Americanisms in her portrayal of the English (& some pronunciations were definitely ‘wrong’! We pronounce ‘quay’ as ‘key’), but overall, she did well.