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The Shadows in the Street (Simon Serrailler #5)

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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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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
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

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
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
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.
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
Susan Hill is at the top of my list. Regrets? That I don't have the next installment in hand.
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
Mary Ronan Drew
Simon Serrailler is one of the most interesting detectives out there these days. In this, Susan Hill's sixth Serrailler mystery he is called back to Lafferton from a vacation on a remote Scottish island to lead an investigation of the deaths and disappearance of five women, starting with three prostitutes but soon including a young mother and the wife of the dean of the local cathedral.

The police procedural part of the story is well done, never boring, and includes a new character who looks pro
Deirdre S.
This is another 4.5, if I had the option of giving that rating.

IMO, this series just keeps getting better. I know some reviewers have objected to the books in the Simon Serrailler series as not very tightly plotted police procedurals, but I think those people are missing the author's main intention. I think the author is not trying to chronicle what police officers and detectives -do- so much as how doing those things affects the -rest- of their lives, and how that in its turn spills into the l
I picked this one up because it was written by the woman who wrote the Woman in Black and the Man in the Portrait, both Victorian style "horror" stories that I really liked. This one concerns her detective Simon Serrailler and the blurb on the back says this is "her most gripping psychological thriller yet."

Don't agree. I realized after I started it that I've read one of this series before, but I don't remember it (does that tell you something????). But "psychological thriller" this is not. It's
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
Actual Rating: 4.5/5 (Terrific!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery, which kept me on the edge of my seat (and reading late into the night) for most of the second half. Hill kept me guessing and it was only at the very end that I finally sorted out the clues, threw out the red herrings, and worked out the identity of the killer. I rarely ever read a series out of order, but I had this book in my stacks and decided to give it a try without realizing there were four others leading up to this one. My
Mar 12, 2012 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sian Miller
Recommended to Lisa by: Lynn
Shelves: suspense
What an excellent series. After the last one, which included so many terrible losses, this one was a bit better. I figured out the murderer around page 107 or so -- and was correct. Although I didn't peek to confirm, nevertheless I was rather annoyed this time by the red herrings and hinting around that it might be someone *other* than who I'd guessed. Still, despite being pretty sure, Hill managed to maintain a sense of suspense and mystery right to the very end.

My sister has compared this ser
Shonna Froebel
Hill's police officer, DCS Simon Serrailler has long been a favourite of mine. His is a solitary man, finding it difficult to make a meaningful connection with a woman, and dividing his time between his career and his art. In this novel, he has just come off a difficult case for SIFT, Special Incident Flying Taskforce, and is on a sabbatical on a remote Scottish island. While there he thinks about what he wants next in his life.
Back home in Lafferton, his sister Cat is still coming to terms with
This fifth book in the series marks a very serious improvement to the overall “series”-quality of the Simon Serrallier books overall. There is more of a vibe of the books following one another, but each containing their own mysteries. Both this one and its predecessor, The Vows of Silence, contained entire plots and didn’t leave ends hanging for the next book to wrap up, which I really appreciate. The only plot lines consistently left untended is for the new “minor” characters that each book now ...more
In this, the fifth of Susan Hill's crime novels featuring DCI Simon Serrailler, someone is murdering prostitutes in the quiet town of Lafferton. The attacks are notable for their brutality, but clues are scarce and the police are stymied. As the investigation progresses the public supply plenty of tips and several viable suspects enter the frame, but no one is arrested and no charges are laid. Serrailler is feeling the pressure, but his fears go beyond concerns for his own career to encompass th ...more
Ant Harrison
I hadn't read one of Susan Hill's Serrailler novels for a while, so I was looking forward to getting stuck in to this one, the fifth in the series. This time there's a serial killer on the loose, targeting the town's prostitute population; victims apparently chosen at random, no clues as to their identity or a motive, and an ever-increasing hysterical population. Serraillier is on an extended holiday in the far north of Scotland, but gets called back to sort out this latest series of crimes to h ...more
If you're looking for a PD James read-alike, Susan Hill's Simon Serrallier series might fit the bill. Adam Dalgliesh is a poet with a deeply private streak, Serrallier is an artist with a deeply private streak. The books are dark procedurals with many well-drawn characters, with Hill's Lafferton providing the same rich lode for stories as London does for James. The biggest difference is that we do get glimpses of Serrallier's personal life, meeting his mother, father, stepmother, triplet sister ...more
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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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