• Skinner's Trail

  • Bob Skinner, Book 3
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Skinner's Trail

By: Quintin Jardine
Narrated by: James Bryce
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Publisher's Summary

First the joyous birth of Skinner’s son… Then the grim reality of murder in ones of Edinburgh’s prosperous suburbs. A man has been found knifed in a luxury villa. The victim had run a chain of launderettes, saunas and pubs throughout the city, but for some time the police suspected these to be the front for a drug-distribution network.

As the murder investigation continues without result, it seems the killer was particularly cunning in covering his tracks - leaving no clues or leads to pursue. But then another, seemingly minor, crime - involving property fraud - takes Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner in a new direction.

©1994 Quintin Jardine (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Get rid of the baby! And the accents!

This is a moderately good mystery--marred by endless sequences involving the detective's new born son. Fast forwarding helps, but it's cumbersome. The reader is good for the actual narration and for the British voices, but his version of an American accent makes the detective's wife sound like a mafia moll, and his take on Spanish/Catalonian accents is also painful.

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  • Deborah
  • 06-20-13

Disappointing.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Opens with what seems like an unending scene of the baby being born, then proceeds to travel by car to Spain with a 2 week old baby. Just not going to happen. Could not take the rest seriously after that. The ridiculous sex scene at 2 weeks was the lid the coffin.

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  • Jane
  • 10-13-13

Don't bother..

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm not an author so it's not my place to give advice! I only know that I found this book particularly uninspiring, unlike the others by Quintin Jardine

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, apart from being read by James Bryce

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  • Jeanette M Ogg
  • 01-31-22

Stick to the detective story

I enjoyed the storyline but really leave out the sex scenes with Skinner and Sarah especially when just had a baby and who feeds a baby rusks when less than 8 weeks old. Stick to what you do best. I enjoyed all the characters and looking forward to the rest of the books

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  • Cathy, Leicester
  • 11-12-21

Good listen, but..

This is a good story and really very well read.
However, I'm sure that the author cannot have had experience of fatherhood at the time of writing.
Please don't feed a 2 week old baby rusk!! This child is so far ahead of himself, he'll be at university by the age of 2. I know that we often must suspend our disbelief, but there is no fictional benefit in rapid aging this baby.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-21

Great story, you can feel the Spanish heat

usual greatness of Mr Jardine, such full characters and great fast paced story line. only negative is that all the Scottish characters are portrayed as having the voices of old men.

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  • tinyNorman
  • 05-08-20

Interesting plot, bad copper.

If you are a fan of police brutality, fantasy sex, and pointless subplots, then this is for you. Character Skinner has developed from a guy who struggles to manage his violent inner demon to someone who indulges it, with the open cooperation of Spanish police. Add cartoon know-it-all American wife, who almost clairvoyantly sees exactly what happened in the most confusing crime scene, and you are off to the races. The criminal plot is actually interesting, but the cast of characters ruins it for me.

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  • Jansen
  • 02-18-19

Incredible

Outstanding book and very well narrated by James Bryce as usual. Quintin Jardine is an incredible author and I love how much he’s built the characters up since the first book. If you’re looking for a series to sink your teeth into, I can highly recommend this. Skinner’s Trail in particular is just as intriguing and complex as it’s predecessors.

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  • Mr Paterson
  • 12-06-17

well written and funny

another good book in the series good story good narration still has plenty of lines that made me smile and laugh

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  • G. Myers
  • 07-30-16

A Benchmark Police Novel

A genuinely cannot out down novel Quintin Jardine at his very best. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Revmama
  • 02-29-16

superman!

Bob skinner...supercop ..martial arts master..crack shot. .invincible..everyone does what he wants. .surrounded by doting colleagues and superiors! is there anything he can't do? attractive. .fit..comfortable financially. .perfect family...sounds yukky..yet I've enjoyed the books I've listened to so far. Just going on to the next one...maybe I'll tire of his constant success? who knows? we'll see.