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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stef Penney Narrator: Dan Stevens Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781101538722
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Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he’d been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he’s been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills. Still, he’s surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who haven’t had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they’re either cursed or hiding a terrible secret—whose discovery Ray can’t help suspecting is connected to Rose’s disappearance …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Penney gives her plot plenty of twists and saves the best for the end, with a truly unforeseen and unpredictable conclusion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Utterly new and utterly enthralling.”

    Tana French, New York Times bestseller

  • “Fast-paced, with characters who will live in full color inside the reader’s head, Penney delivers an impressive follow-up to her debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the January 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Bart | 2/13/2014

    " This is a very interesting crime novel about British Gypsies (who knew) narrated by a private investigator who is half Gypsy. We follow the disappearance of a young woman who left her husband and baby six years prior, turning up numerous other mysteries along the way. The characters were a bit confusing to keep straight in my head but the story held my interest, and even thought the end was a as Elyse has written, a bit gratuitous, it was still better than anything else I've read lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/28/2014

    " When I first started reading this book I thought I wouldn't like it. BUT...when I finished and reflected on the story I found that it was so very interesting. Will look for others by Stef Penney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 1/25/2014

    " Loved it. I enjoyed reading about the gypsy culture of which I knew nothing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 1/20/2014

    " I liked it. Quite a bit. I read it mostly on my iPhone -- do the end came up in a surprising way for me. I couldn't tell by the pages in the book that I was at the end. So that was a little disconcerting to me. I know to check on page numbers from time to time now. But it was an interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie Hamilton | 1/19/2014

    " I quite enjoyed this book, and might have given it 4 stars, but for the ending, which was a bit of a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Phillips | 1/12/2014

    " A real page turner! One of the best novel I have read is a long time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 1/4/2014

    " Way graphic beginning and then just realy too boring. I just wasn't pulled into the storyline - even with a great reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebirdy | 11/29/2013

    " This book was good - turned out to be a mystery. Had quite a bit of humor and the description of modern-day Gypsy life was very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lin | 10/29/2013

    " Couldn't put this mystery down converning a disappearance in the Roma gypsy community. Characters are three dimensional and colorful, the mystery is complexly and beautifully calculated. What a fun book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/24/2013

    " A half-Gypsy private investigator is hired to find out what happened to a Gypsy woman who disappeared 6 years previously. A little slow but interesting to learn about Gypsy culture. I wondered how much was authentic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E-tea | 10/12/2013

    " Book club selection - to read after the next two books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 8/25/2013

    " I could not get into this book. I read a little over half but it was a struggle. The story switches narrators every other chapter or so, which made the novel feel disjointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 8/9/2013

    " Enjoyable read. The characters pulled me in. Hoewever I think the story ended abruptly which is why I only gave it 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Rubin | 7/25/2013

    " Quite engrossing. I loved her first book, The Tenderness of Wolves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 4/24/2013

    " slow-paced with too much reliance on an easily guessed twist for suspense "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie White | 11/28/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Story of a private detective that is asked by a gypsy family to help them find their daughter as he is half gypsy. This tell of a very lonely man who finds himself getting embroilled in a way of life he has only heard of. Good twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Metter | 7/14/2012

    " Fascinating story about the Romani culture "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/7/2012

    " Stayed up until midnight to finish this enthralling mystery last night. Fast-paced and with great characters, this gypsy story will grab you from the first page and not let you go. I just put Stef Penney's first book, The Tenderness of Wolves, on my to-read list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 3/21/2012

    " This is really a 3.5. I did not see the ending coming until very late. Learned stuff about the Romany culture I did not know. "

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About the Author

Stef Penney’s debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, was a national bestseller and the recipient of the prestigious Costa Award. She was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is a screenwriter.

About the Narrator

Dan Stevens is internationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.