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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,937 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Elton Narrator: Ben Miles Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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With old friends like these, who needs enemies? It's a question short, mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself having in romantic desperation logged on to the Friends Reunited Web site searching for the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of '86 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more. Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson's life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very attached sergeant, while comprehensively failing to solve a series of baffling and peculiarly gruesome murders. A school reunion is planned and as history begins to repeat itself, the past crashes headlong into the present. Neither will ever be the same again. In Past Mortem, Ben Elton, previous winner of The Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Popcorn, delivers both a heart-stopping thriller and a killer comic romance. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Ferguson | 2/16/2014

    " An enjoyable read, if not very disturbing in a mildly confronting way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Samuel | 2/11/2014

    " Amazingly gripping plot, the mystery, the poignancy, the characters, the deaths! I found myself racing thru the last few chapters to finally catch the killer and altho it made sense i was jus a lil disappointed. However that shant cloud my view of the book as a whole .. for my first Ben Elton book, it has left me well and truly converted! Bring on the next one ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Alley | 2/10/2014

    " This is an excellent serial killer thriller from Ben Elton. Not at all what I was expecting from him having read many of his other works but an absolute stunner. The mystery unfolds slowly, the serial killer is incredibly inventive and Elton's Detective is totally believable. My only criticism is the very, very hard core sex scene in the novel. It was not only way too explicit but felt gratuitous to me and I think that detracted from the novel overall. Still a highly recommended read but definitely NOT for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/9/2014

    " Enjoyed the modern touch of using an old school reunion website. Great easy read with a lot of laugh out loud moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady of the Lake | 1/18/2014

    " Nice mystery thriller ...someone was Killing the bad bullies of London .....bullies who info of what they did "specifically" were being posted to an old classmates sight.... The killer killed the bullies exactly how they lived and bullied.. Inspector Ed Newsome and his partner Natasha slowly began to unravel the mystery...the killer was KNOWN by ALL Nhis/victims because they all had let him in! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma-Claire | 1/15/2014

    " It was dull for a Ben Elton book, there were no twists and the plot was obvious. Shame as I have loved the others that I've read. Not really worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bigmuzz | 1/13/2014

    " good book. has me looking forward to when i have my high school reunions :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/5/2014

    " There's no doubt that this is an entertaining thriller that is easy to read, but the book also has a bitter and somewhat mean-spirited undercurrent that I always thought underpinned a lot of Elton's comedy. While most of his characters are likeable and therefore soften the impact of what is being portrayed, I think that many readers will be switched off by the key plot devices that are used to carry the story. There is also one sex scene that is almost stomach-churning in what it depicts, and will have most middle-of-the-road readers recoiling in horror at the content - but then Elton always loved to shock the middle England that he was a product of. That was in the Eighties, a time that this book constantly refers back to, and I doubt that you'll ever look at the Friends Reunited website in the same light after reading this. School bullying, mental cruelty and the inability to escape the past are the themes that weave through the novel, and if you have a liking for violent crime thrillers you'll not be disappointed with Past Mortem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2013

    " its adequate. there is a bit of 'wee on me' action. nuff said. weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia J | 12/27/2013

    " This book was really good. Touching, funny and an easy read. I'm glade I picked it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan Spier | 12/15/2013

    " Very good and funny book in places. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 11/7/2013

    " Another great book written about a modern topic, this time Friends reunited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizet Rosen | 10/31/2013

    " wouldn't like a school reunion like this... lol "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manisha Kerai | 10/27/2013

    " Crap. I seriously thought this was going to be good, after all Ben Elton is a great screen writer. But instead I got an interesting concept for a plot (friends reunited serial killer caper) which was ruined by poor characterisation, bad humour, and weird sex (peeing-why?). Crap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Magri | 10/21/2013

    " Simply amazing! Firt b elton book i ever read. Never regretted it! Re read it many times. Still as amazing as the first time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Dawson | 10/17/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. It was a bit different to Ben Elton's usual fayre. Interesting whodunnit, murder story, although I did have a clue who the murderer was. Still, very injoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 10/6/2013

    " Better than Meltdown but pretty light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline Midwinter | 6/13/2013

    " Enjoyable read which kept me guessing until just before the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Drummond | 11/6/2012

    " Amazing I had to read some parts out loud to my boyfriend because they were so mind boggling and surreal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/11/2012

    " He seems to be able to sum the social truth behind trends in contemporary life. Although, I don't rate it much as a 'whodunnit'. I knew who the killer was half way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 1/23/2012

    " An easy read. Likeable main characters. The mystery got a little farfetched and co-incidental at times. One episode of sex was too graphic for my taste. The subject of bullying and revenge was clearly illustrated as well as the danger of putting too much info on the net. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 1/18/2012

    " just too nasty and too neat it pulls you out of the story frequently with it's overt violence and ridiculous plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rienk | 12/23/2011

    " Very entertaining, I finished it all in one row. It certainly was gruesome and sexually explicit at times, but on the other hand just a good old-fashioned whodunnit. Enjoyed it, you will too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikaela Gordan | 6/26/2011

    " Creatively written, but also addresses real underlying issues which many of us often neglect. Past Mortem is written with passion, and the character development is impeccable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/3/2011

    " A really good solid mystery. And its funny in places too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/3/2011

    " A bit of a different tale from what we have come to know from Ben Elton but another cracking good read. Who decides in war time what is murder? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlett | 2/12/2011

    " Good fun. Makes me wonder how many actually crazy people are out there. Are we really like these characters or are they generally a little bit more electric? Certainly makes you feel for the protagonist! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 That70sheidi | 1/9/2011

    " One of the grimmest, most uncomfortable books I've read in a long time. All the worse that I hated every character and that I felt all their actions were irredeemable. The concept was very interesting, it's just that the execution was a bit jackhammered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " just too nasty and too neat it pulls you out of the story frequently with it's overt violence and ridiculous plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/9/2010

    " Really enjoyed this book. It was a bit different to Ben Elton's usual fayre. Interesting whodunnit, murder story, although I did have a clue who the murderer was. Still, very injoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 11/24/2010

    " re-read this one, it's one of my fav's of his latest books. Clever story line and still a good read, a master of timing as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/4/2010

    " Tremendously gory and rather captivating but ultimately not satisfying. The reader shouldn't guess the resolution as early as I did.

    Ben Elton is one twisted dude.

    That said, "Popcorn" still ranks among my favorites and I will keep trying his books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 10/15/2010

    " This book was really good. Touching, funny and an easy read. I'm glade I picked it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 7/19/2010

    " An easy read. Likeable main characters. The mystery got a little farfetched and co-incidental at times. One episode of sex was too graphic for my taste. The subject of bullying and revenge was clearly illustrated as well as the danger of putting too much info on the net. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 7/12/2010

    " 6/10. Not the greatest book ever although easy to read and fairly entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sid | 7/12/2010

    " The sex scenes were quite unecessary, Mr Elton. Fisting? Really? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizet | 5/4/2010

    " wouldn't like a school reunion like this... lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 3/23/2010

    " Better than Meltdown but pretty light reading. "

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