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The Shadows in the Street (Simon Serrailler #5)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,123 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Simon Serrailler is on sabbatical on a Scottish island, recovering from an exhausting murder investigation, when he is urgently summoned back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have been found strangled. By the time Serrailer has reached the town, another girl has vanished. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Chatto & Windus (first published 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
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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
Elisabeth Wallace
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Usually an abundance of detail does nothing but add to the length of a book. Somehow Susan Hill makes it work in her writing. In her telling she brings just about all of her characters to life without causing my eyes to roll. If other authors did that, I’d be like “Okay just get on with it!!!"

I had thoughts a bit early on as to who the perp could be, and I had guessed correctly.

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Alison C
Susan Hill is a very prolific author, but I know her work mainly for her Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler series of crime novels, of which The Shadows in the Street is the most recent. After a grueling taskforce job is completed, Simon is resting and recouping on a remote island off the coast of Scotland, until he is called back to investigate a string of murders and disappearances of women, mostly prostitutes, in his home village of Lafferton. Meanwhile, his twin sister Cat is st ...more
John Owen
Susan Hill's series of crime thrillers revolving around policeman Simon Serrailler are always good, but this one reaches a new peak as far as I'm concerned. At the start of the book, Serrailler is on leave on a remote Scottish island, while back on his home turf, prostitutes are being murdered. He's called back to head up a tricky investigation, with not a lot to go on and a press pack howling for results. Meanwhile, his sister Cat, recently widowed with three kids and a doctor's practise to run ...more
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.
Another fine Simon Serrailler mystery - only this time, the killer comes very close to Simon. His sister Cat and her children still mourn the death of her husband and their father. Cat decided she would take additional courses on palliative care to work at the hospice and Simon was called back from vacation to lead the investigation into the deaths of prostitutes in the area.
As usual, this is a complex mystery bringing out our sympathies and sorry for the women in prostitution and their childre
Zeb Kantrowitz
In many of the detective procedurals that I've read, one point is often made, "don't go into the investigation with a preconceived notion of who is the murderer. This book, more than most, leads you on a merry chase along with Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) Simon Serrailler. There really aren't any 'red herrings' in the story unless you've decided who is guilty, before you have all of the information.

We begin with Simon off on a 'holiday' on an island off the coast of Scotland, that is as
Audio book.

I read this a while ago and when I started to listen recognized it. I enjoyed the book. I like the characters - Cat and Simon; complicated but normal lives.

Cat is coming to terms with life after her husband, Chris, died. She has problems going to the GP office where she and her husband used to work and looks for a different avenue for her skills.

Simon meets up with a former girlfriend and has to come to terms with the change in their relationship.

All this normal angst against Simon's
Heather Fineisen
Susan Hill is at the top of my list. Regrets? That I don't have the next installment in hand.
I am constantly amazed at how gripping Hill's stories are. She has created a set of very interesting and realistic characters.

If I have a gripe about Hill's books it is that they are so emotionally honest that they can be hard to read. You feel such a strong connection to the characters that their pain feels real and troubling. This book was a bit better than the last one in that sense, but still not entirely a walk in the park.

In this story, the mystery was also interesting, and the resolution
Sandra Danby
After a spell of reading historical books, I needed a comfort read, something familiar. A pageturner, but well-written. So I picked up this, the fifth in the Simon Serrailler detective series by Susan Hill. And I tweeted about it. Susan Hill replied with the question: “Comfort?!!”
I know what she means; a crime thriller should not be comfortable reading. I replied: “Okay, discomfort with familiar characters”.
I finished the book that same day, but sat back and considered what made me feel comfort
Tracey Walsh
"The fifth in the series of bestsellers featuring Simon Serrailler, The Shadows in the Street is...another gripping and psychologically acute story set in the darker side of a cathedral town".
I glanced at a few reviews before I started reading and one that stood out simply said in its introduction 'Nothing happens'. Well I beg to differ, there is plenty going on in this book. Characters old and new are developed into people you care about, not only while reading the book but afterwards; social i
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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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