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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Tolkien Narrator: Simon Tolkien Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597102803
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One summer night, two men break into an isolated manor house and kill Lady Anne Robinson. Her son, Thomas, convinces the police that his father’s beautiful personal assistant sent the killers, but Thomas is known for his overactive imagination, and he has reasons to lie.

Thomas’s father, Sir Peter Robinson, the British minister of defense, refuses to believe his son. Instead, he marries his assistant, Greta Grahame, and will be giving evidence for the defense at her trial. He will be the final witness.

Author Simon Tolkien successfully combines legal suspense and psychological tension in this sharply etched portrait of four people whose lives are changed by a murder. Alternating between the trial in London’s Central Criminal Court and private moments among the characters, Tolkien expertly describes the art of the trial, the clash between Britain’s social classes, and, most notably, the complexity of family relations.

Who is telling the truth—the new wife or the bereaved son? What will Sir Peter tell the court? With tantalizing ambiguity, Tolkien keeps listeners guessing about the true motivations of these characters until the final witness.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maciek | 1/31/2014

    " I picked this book at an used book store for little money. It's your typical courtroom drama, if you like such stuff you might give it a try, but don't expect something overtly original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 1/13/2014

    " I loved this book! Hope there are more to come from this grandson of the trilogy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Patterson | 1/13/2014

    " A good, solid story and English courtroom drama, but the mystery wasn't "shocking" as the book's description would suggest, at least for me it wasn't. I kept expecting some final twist to make an appearance, but it didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Diane | 1/13/2014

    " A very good read from JRR Tolkien's grandson. A British crime novel, this reads better than Grisham. With the exception of one or two scenes that were unnecessary, it was a good book. "

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

    " Wow! I really enjoyed this book. lots of twists and turns. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/21/2013

    " The worst "thriller" I've ever read and will probably ever read. I don't mean to be harsh... but I really don't enjoy having my time wasted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudine Steinfurth | 11/5/2013

    " Good story and kept interest! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 10/23/2013

    " I dont' remember how it ends so that must mean that I wasn't much impressed. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 9/30/2013

    " Really good read. I'm enjoying Simon Tolkien. This was his first book, and am currently looking for The Inheritance, #2. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 9/16/2013

    " Not worth my time. Awkward writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rina | 6/30/2013

    " An above average suspense novel. Well written with a believeable plot. Subtle humor between the lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nona | 6/22/2013

    " Who was behind the killing of a wife and mother of sixteen year old Thomas. Tom seems to know but his father strongly disagrees and has married the main suspect. Great court room drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huong | 8/29/2012

    " Almost 4 stars, but the ending didn't quite jive with me. All these professional law-men couldn't dig up Greta's history but two sixteen year olds can...c'mon! Everything up to that point was superb and had me on edge. I really enjoyed the buildup of the mystery and courtroom drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 5/3/2012

    " Not bad, thought it was going to end differently. He definitely has a gift for imagery. I am going to read another and see if his character and plotting get better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/15/2012

    " J.R.R. Tolkien's grandson. His grandparents raised him; he was interviewed on NPR in 2010 which made me interested in his book. Very good British mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Hurtig | 11/11/2011

    " I was pleasantly surprized at this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/3/2011

    " Enjoyed this murder mystery/courtroom drama. ...And I didn't know who 'dunnit' until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 6/13/2011

    " This was a pretty good little mystery. Courtroom testimony interspersed with flashbacks was nicely done. A few weak links in the case, but still kept me guessing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 5/8/2011

    " Awful. A waste of pages for what amounts to a poor plot, poor writing,and an obvious attempt to cash in on a famous name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 3/29/2011

    " This was a pretty good little mystery. Courtroom testimony interspersed with flashbacks was nicely done. A few weak links in the case, but still kept me guessing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 11/1/2010

    " Not worth my time. Awkward writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 7/3/2010

    " Awful. A waste of pages for what amounts to a poor plot, poor writing,and an obvious attempt to cash in on a famous name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nona | 6/17/2010

    " Who was behind the killing of a wife and mother of sixteen year old Thomas. Tom seems to know but his father strongly disagrees and has married the main suspect. Great court room drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/30/2010

    " A good, solid story and English courtroom drama, but the mystery wasn't "shocking" as the book's description would suggest, at least for me it wasn't. I kept expecting some final twist to make an appearance, but it didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/5/2010

    " Enjoyed this murder mystery/courtroom drama. ...And I didn't know who 'dunnit' until the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 2/6/2010

    " I loved this book! Hope there are more to come from this grandson of the trilogy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maciek | 1/22/2010

    " I picked this book at an used book store for little money. It's your typical courtroom drama, if you like such stuff you might give it a try, but don't expect something overtly original. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/6/2009

    " I dont' remember how it ends so that must mean that I wasn't much impressed. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/20/2008

    " Wow! I really enjoyed this book. lots of twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 11/26/2007

    " November 2004 ? Listened to this on tape from the library. It?s a legal mystery set in the UK about a murder trial. It was pretty good. I would say it was an average quality mystery in terms of plot and writing style. I would read more by Simon Tolkien but I wouldn?t specifically seek his work out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Diane | 10/3/2007

    " A very good read from JRR Tolkien's grandson. A British crime novel, this reads better than Grisham. With the exception of one or two scenes that were unnecessary, it was a good book. "

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