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The Shadows in the Street (Simon Serrailler #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,041 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series has established itself as superior crime fare with four gripping psychological thrillers already in print.

Serrailler has just wrapped up a particularly exhausting and difficult case and is on sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton by the Chief Constable. Two local prostitutes have been found strang
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Overlook Press (first published September 2nd 2010)
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The Shadows in the Street is the fifth book in Susan Hill's detective series of books featuring Simon Serrailler. However this series deviates from the convention, where a named detective, plus possibly their sidekick, use their consummate skill and experience to solve devious crimes. Simon Serrailler does not feature much in the novels at all, frequently entering very late in the story, and sometimes being only on the periphery of the action.

This novel follows several murders of prostitutes in
Once again, Susan Hill has written a mystery and police procedural that provides developed characters and plot, ideas that don't lead to easy or glib resolution--much like real life. In this episode, while Serrailler is on a sabbatical after a long and difficult case, two local prostitutes are murdered and then a third goes missing. Simon is summoned home shortly before his scheduled return date to take full charge of the investigation. As in prior outings the Lafferton Cathedral itself becomes ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan Hill has been writing extraordinary fiction for over four decades. She is adept at characterisation and building complex emotional landscapes for her characters to inhabit. In 2004 she turned her hand to writing in a completely new genre; the detective novel. She plays with the genre's staple ingredients and adds her own flare for exploring human relationships to the mix, creating a thoroughly engrossing series. The latest installment The Shadows in the Street, contin
Diane Barnes
May 05, 2016 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I save the books in this series for a time when I need a change of pace from my usual reading, but also need to return to an author and characters that I can count on for a good, fast-paced mystery. Well written, well plotted, great recurring characters, and new ones entering the scene as well. And, as always, the town of Lafferton is a pleasure to return to.

In this one, someone is murdering young prostitutes. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but Susan Hill had a few surprises u
Laurie Anderson
A disappointment.

Sep 24, 2010 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shadows in the Street is Susan Hill’s fifth novel in the Simon Serrailler series which follows the trials and tribulations of the Detective and his family in Lafferton.

Lafferton is a Cathedral town and in recent times has seen an increase in the number of prostitutes found walking the streets. They have started to encroach on the centre of town, an unwritten taboo broken by the introduction of pimps and the trafficking of younger working girls.

Serrailler is on an extended holiday on the remote i
Jan 15, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth in the Simon Serrailler detective series which I am reading through in order. For me it is the best so far. Like the others it is set in Lafferton a cathedral city in the South of England. Indeed I think the series might be called after Lafferton rather than Simon as it involves the whole community not just Simon and his family. I certainly shouldn’t want to live there as it has. more than its fair share of serial killers and a murder rate which must rival that of the Midsomer ...more

The Shadows in the Street, the latest addition to Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler mystery series, showcases the author's amazing ability to balance the elements of both plot and character without sacrificing one for the other. Hill allows her characters to simmer and become full-bodied persons who walk off the page and into the reader's mind where their stories intersect and blend to reach a very satisfying conclusion.

In Shadows the cathedral town of Lafferton is a cauldron of old and new. Simon s
Dec 17, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Where I got the book: audiobook on Audible.

YES! Lafferton has another serial killer! Which is a good thing really, since Simon Serrailler is now in such an exalted job that he can only deal with serial killers, so let’s keep ‘em coming.

This time the baddie is killing prostitutes, of which sleepy little Lafferton suddenly seems to have a high number. Did they build a casino or something? That’s the fun about fictional towns—you can just add in what you need, although the factories and mean street
Terri Lynn
I enjoyed this thoroughly. To me, this series is not so much Simon Serrailler mysteries as it is about his physician sister Dr. Cat Deerbon with him popping in here and there. Cat is the real centerpiece here and we find her a year after her husband Chris died of a brain tumor still hurting as she contends with three kids and a career as a doctor. Her new stepmother Judith helps by caring for the kids while she works and goes about activities and her rather cold and distant retired doctor dad Ri ...more
Elisabeth Wallace
Dec 10, 2012 Elisabeth Wallace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly dull to read. I gave it a chance to pick up after it's underwhelming first paragraph, (in summary: "it's raining, it's been raining for a while. I should grab an umbrella before I go out into the rain. I think it may continue raining)." The opening paragraph was the true killer in this so called, mystery thriller.
This is, by far, the most boring piece of entertainment I have encountered featuring a serial killer and murdered prostitutes. And I've spent countless dark winter hours wat
Jim B
Mar 31, 2016 Jim B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent audio book read by Steven Pacey!

Susan Hill does her usual skillful writing, describing the controversies in a church when a new pastor wants to change the beloved aspects of church life, two groups from the church try to help prostitutes without really knowing what to do, the personalities of the prostitutes and their hopes and family life and struggles all are on the stage before the first murder is committed and well before Inspector Simon Serrailler is summoned back to Laff
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I enjoy Susan Hill as a writer so much, even though I've only read three of her books so far! Fortunately she has an extensive backlist that will keep me busy for a long time. This latest Simon Serrailler novel continues on very much with the private lives of the Serrailler family, namely his sister and her children and his father and his new wife. They dynamics of Simon's private life takes up a good amount of space in these novels. The book also starts ou
Jan 05, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy this Simon Serrailler series. Plenty of twists and turns, and unusual characters abound. That is, once the current mystery really gets underway.
I will say here that Simon did not come on the scene until about 100 pages in, and the first 100 pages were not that exciting.
Part of the reason for this comes from Ms. Hill's series writing style. There is always reference to persons and incidents from previous books in the series. This is not a bad thing if they are going to have even a
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Yet again, another great read from Susan Hill. This is one of my favourite series about the Serrailler family and the cases Simon Serrailler is involved with, in his capacity as a DCS in the Lafferton police force. As always, this is much more than a crime story, the series continues with Simons sister, Cat and her family, his father Richard who has remarried Judith and the various characters who come into play in the story. Here, Simon is away on extended leave in Scotland and is called back to ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Apr 25, 2013 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, woman-writer
Well you might be forgiven for assuming I really enjoyed this book as I devoured it in one sitting. In a way I did as usual it is set in the cathedral city of Lafferton which I imagine to be akin to Exeter. All the familliar characters from the first four novels return apart from those who have died usually in dramatic circumstances in the course of the series. As ever with Hill the writing is crafted and the conjuring of settings excellent. The plot however which involves the murder of sex work ...more
Here is the fifth installment of the Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mysteries and the fact that I've gotten this far stands as a testament to this author's capabilities as a crime novelist. Yet there is a reason Hill isn't quite as renowned as, say, P.D. James, Elizabeth George or Minette Walters - and that reason is she's depressing as hell. It doesn't seem to be enough for her to have the various murder victims suffer so outrageously, we must have all the rest endure the worst sort of l ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
A British police procedural, part of a series, this novel is fine read on its own. Nice tight writing, a twisty plot, amusing characters make for a readable novel.

Inspector Serrailler has to find who is murdering prostitutes and there are no clues. His family live near so he is involved in family life as well as police life. Makes for a lighter read.

For readers who like police procedurals without four letter words and excessive blood and guts this is a good read for you.

For readers who don't usu
Tory Wagner
Aug 31, 2016 Tory Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british, police
Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill continues the story of police detective Simon Serrailer. In this latest novel, Simon is investigating a series of murders involving prostitutes. He follows several possible leads, but young girls continue to disappear. Simon's family, particularly his sister, Cat, make an appearance and this addition helps the reader more fully appreciate his character. Hill does an excellent job of creating the atmosphere of a small cathedral town in Britain. While the action ...more
Aug 04, 2010 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I do like a delve into a good murder mystery and in that Susan Hill does meet the requirements. But as for her characters, I am afraid the main ones are starting to irritate. Cat and her wonderful children, Simon and his brooding isolation. Nobody has a dark emptiness of the fridge with not a morsel of culinary inspiration in sight, oh apart from the single mothers who work as prostitutes. The coffee is always freshly brewed and the wine chilled. Where is this hallowed universe. Give me Rebus ev ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
Not one of the best in the series and there are now characters missing from the first 3 books. Not able to warm to the new characters either but I'm hopeful for the next in the series.
Like Serallier, sort of DCI you'd want looking into a case you were involved in, not gung-ho, not a heavy drinker or an emotional basket case as some of the detectives are in other series, it's amazing they get anything done.
It's a bit slower than previous books in the series and there's a few twists and turns and
Dec 16, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yes it is well-written in that all grammar is correct. But this was soooooooo boring! Too much detail in places I didn't want. The pages go fast, but the pace of the story is terribly slow. I don't get a clear resolution on the characters I am interested in and the one "exciting" part lasted half a page.

I swear it got worse at the end. Felt like trying to run through mud. Very disappointed since this author had been recommended to me, b/c of my love for Sarah Waters and b/c she wrote "The Woman
I've read two in this series; and with the way Lafferton attracts serial killers like moths to flame, I foresee their population dwindling faster than Cabot Cove, Maine. The story has a wide variety of characters, and a foreboding atmosphere that makes every character introduced (no matter how unconnected they seem to be from the rest) have the potential to be the murderer or to be murdered. Although I guessed the killer early on, it didn't destroy the suspense as I waited for it to unravel.
Loved this. Another deep and well-crafted story. Beautiful writing. Will be working my way steadily through the rest of the Simon Serailler books now.
Nov 14, 2015 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Hill writes so beautifully, and she never disappoints. She writes crime as well as she writes ghost stories, I highly recommend her Simon Serrailler series
Heather Fineisen
Susan Hill is at the top of my list. Regrets? That I don't have the next installment in hand.
Some one is killing prostitutes in Lafferton, then the Dean's wife goes missing. Simon doesn't seem to be particularly effective at solving the case. Indeed the police spend most of their time harassing a librarian who takes the women food and drink at night (view spoiler)

I quite enjoyed Ruth, the Dean's wife, while she was bei
Colin Mitchell
Simon Serailler has been on leave, six weeks, on a scottish island but returns to Lafferton when a prostitute is murdered. After four bodies the police are no nearer finding the perpetrator. Then Cat is attacked in her home and the police are quickly on the trail when the identity is known.

All centres around the town canal and the Cathedral who has a new Dean who is upsetting the congregation.
Jan 18, 2017 Janellyn51 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to go to Taransay, the Island Simon starts off on. It sounds wonderful. It's been a year since the last book, in the life of our Laffertonians....Cat is trying to get on with life. Shakeups at Saint Michael's, causing problems. New dean, and his wife is a real pip. Prostitutes are dying....had a feeling it was who it was. I miss Nathan, happy as a clam, squish faced Nathan.
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Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1942. Her hometown was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better (1969) and some short stories especially "Cockles and Mussels".

She attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature. Her family left Scarborough in 1958 and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factor
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