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Publisher's Summary

Serrailler must confront his demons as Lafferton experiences a series of shocking crimes in this 10th book in Susan Hill's shattering crime series.

Susan Hill stuns listeners once again in The Benefit of Hindsight, the 10th book in her celebrated mystery series. 

Now recuperated after the violent incident that cost him his arm - and nearly his life - DCS Serrailler has returned to work, though he prefers to spend his spare time sketching the medieval angels being restored on the cathedral roof. With crime rates down, Lafferton has been quiet, until one night when two men open their front door to a distressing scene. Serrailler makes a serious error of judgment when handling the incident, and the stress of this, combined with the ongoing trauma of losing his arm, takes its toll. 

In the tradition of the fabulous mysteries of Ruth Rendell and P. D. James, The Benefit of Hindsight is Susan Hill's best work yet - a chilling new addition to a highly acclaimed series.

©2020 Susan Hill (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A disappointment for this fan

I was so happy to see the latest Simon Serrailler novel by Susan Hill that I started listening right away. As always, Steven Pacey does a wonderful job narrating.

The story started great, but began to fall apart. The story lines seemed disjointed, and the ending just sort of dropped. I was surprised when the book ended since I felt I was only about 2/3 of the way through the book. I was expecting so much more, but was left with a pile of loose ends after an abrupt ending and characters that behaved in disjointed ways. It felt like a bunch of story ideas that were lumped together and never resolved.

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Quality as usual but....

What happened? The crime was never resolved. There were a bunch of red herrings; Maybe one is true. Disappointing that there’s no conclusion to the crime. The family as ever are the real story. Cat and her family; her practice; the village of Lafferton and Simon and his crew. Will miss this series.

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Uhhhh - feels like half a book . Not the best of the series. Had to listen tho - because , series.

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Perhaps the Best Book in the Series

Does this book conclude the series? Perhaps. Without a doubt, the most touching and meaningful. Will read it again, just to escape into the reality of a complex family, struggling sometimes to deal with each other and their lives outside the family. Loved it.

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Serraillier: Tales of a Detective

No screaming tires or explosive action here; the Serraillier books are about what moves the characters as people. It has been a pleasant journey over the course of the series watching Simon and his family grow and change as characters and have an interesting mystery every time.

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The Best Yet

Usually a series gets weaker as it goes along past 10, 11, 12. Not Simon Serrailer. I listened and read this latest, compulsively, enjoying every last word.