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Publisher's Summary

Ann Cleeves - New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows - returns with a darkly delicious short story, "The Girls on the Shore", featuring DI Matthew Venn from the Two Rivers series.

It was winter. Cold and clear, a different sort of day for this coast where the westerly winds usually blew rain and cloud.

Detective Inspector Matthew Venn is standing by his kitchen window when he first spots them. Two young girls, facing away from him, seemingly staring towards something in the distance. They are holding hands, and they are alone.

Though not a natural with children, Matthew knows he must find out why the girls are here, on a school day, unsupervised. And so he meets Olivia and Imogen, a pair of sisters whose secrets Matthew must uncover if he hopes to get them home.

©2022 Ann Cleeves (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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What a ripoff

It’s a short story about nothing that lasts 27 minutes. The rest of the time is taken up by a preview of an upcoming novel. So what appears to be an hour-long story is less than half that and the balance is a book promo that I unwittingly paid for. Very sleazy.

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Total waste of time and money

Three short chapters. It was like they were submitting an idea for a book. Not enough story line. I’m disappointed Ann Cleeves.

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Scam

Yes it says it’s a short story, but really? One audible credit for a very short story. This is not a good idea for Audible or Ann Cleeves. I love her stories, but just can’t imagine who thought up this idea.

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I used a credit for this?

I guess I should not have just leapt at the name Ann Cleeves. This was a fragment. I am disappointed to say the least.

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Jipped

I thought I was buying a novel not a short story. I actually thought I had listened to a excerpt but that was it.

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Can’t believe I used a credit for this!

Disappointed it wasn’t a book but rather a short story. Disappointed I used a credit for this.

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DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY

I was traveling when I purchased this so I only saw the release date and author name. STUPID ME. It is so short there isn't even a real mystery! The description of it is totally misleading. Thank goodness Audible allows you to return titles. If I had been charged a credit for this it would have been the end of Audible for me.

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Waste of a credit

I, too, have only myself to blame for not realizing this was billed as a short story. I first did a quick search for the next book in the Matthew Venn series and this title popped up. So I purchased it. However, in my opinion it does not satisfy the elements required of a short story. Since it’s not a book and not even a short story Audible should provide refunds to everyone who was sucked into this scam.