• Silent Tide

  • DCI Boyd Crime Series, Book 1
  • By: Alex Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A sinking boat is spotted off the South Coast. Waiting onboard is a grisly discovery. 

DCI Boyd, recently relocated from London to Hastings, is now with the East Sussex CID, and his first case is that of a local businessman and his new young wife, missing in the English Channel. All that remains of them is a grim scene aboard their half-submerged yacht and a digital trail of clues that could put Boyd and his daughter, Emma, in danger. 

Silent Tide is the first in the DCI Boyd series by award-winning author Alex Scarrow. 

©2021 Alex Scarrow (P)2022 Alex Scarrow

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Solid start to a series!

Let me just start by saying that personally I love Aubrey Parsons and he is the main reason I decided to buy this first book. He also narrates my absolute favorite British crime series Grimm Up North. Does he have a gravelly voice? Yep! But in my opinion his voice is exactly what this character needs. Give him a chance. When I first started Grimm Up North I was a bit put off too but I soon fell into his cadence and voices and I couldn't imagine anyone else doing the series.

As to the book itself. It's pretty good. The main character is likeable and the mystery is ok, if a little predictable. The end was a bit weird and fast though and not really very satisfying. Still, I liked it enough to get the next book in the series and am in the middle of it now. The only thing I really hate so far about these books is the MC's daughter. She is super whiney and her role is a bit unbelievable. I bought both of these books on sale but when the rest are finally recorded I would spend a credit to listen to book 3.

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Wrong Narrator

The worst female voices I've heard. They all sound like lifelong pack a day smokers, horrible.

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  • SandraL
  • 06-06-22

Brilliant start to a series

I've often seen this series recommended by other readers, and was disappointed that it wasn't available on Audible. But now it is!

DCI William Boyd has been on compassionate leave from the Met for the past two years. Now he has moved to Hastings, East Sussex with his daughter and is ready for a new start. He is thrown straight in at the deep end when he is assigned a suspected murder case when a yacht is found floating in the Channel. There is lots of blood but no bodies.

I was hooked right from the prologue. I liked Alex Scarrow's easy to read/listen to writing style. The book is well plotted, fast paced and is peppered with humour. I don't know Hastings, but the author described it well enough that I could envisage the landscape and places. The characters, especially Boyd, his daughter Emma and DC Samantha Okeke are realistically portrayed. Boyd himself is extremely likeable and could easily become one of my favourite fictional cops. He's 46 and slighly overweight and obviously still grieving for his wife and child. But he's dedicated and hard working and isn't afraid to break the rules! We are drip-fed Boyd's back story a little at a time and when I finally found out the truth I'm not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. DC Okeke is perfect as his partner, though we didn't get to know the rest of the team in any detail. But I'm sure that will be remedied in future books. And the icing on the cake is a rescue spaniel called Ozzie :-) There are lots of police procedural series out there but this is definitely one of the better ones and I can't wait for book 2.

The book is read by Aubrey Parsons and his excellent narration added another dimension to a fantastic book.

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  • Kate
  • 08-30-22

I'm hooked

Bring on the next one! Really good story. Very likeable, multi faceted characters. Beautifully observed details and a tragic back story only really told in full when you have already fallen in love with DCI Boyd and his daughter Emma.
Superb narration by Aubrey Parsons.

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  • Miss E
  • 08-12-22

A great listen

A really great listen, brilliantly narrated by Aubrey Parsons. My one criticism was that I but a little disappointed it seemed to end so abruptly - but it won’t stop me trying the next in the series!

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  • 07-31-22

Very entertaining and Lacey story with great dialogue, believable and down to earth characters. I really enjoyed it.

Very entertaining and Lacey story good dialogue nice balance between home and work life and excellent narration.

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 07-19-22

Good Book

Enjoyed this book. I thought the narrator was going to be a problem bur once he had settled it was fine. The story is good and easy to follow. There is hardly any violence (always a winner for me). whilst not exactly cosy, but getting on that way. I'm off to find some more by the same author. So I must have enjoyed it!

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  • caroline wright
  • 06-30-22

Really enjoyable listen and great story

This was my first book by this author and narrator but it wont be the last. I really enjoyed the characterisations and loved Ozzie, you can tell the author has so much love for his dog - loved it.

Looking forward to seeing the other characters in the team develop and great to find yet another police procedural that I love.