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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: Robert Powell Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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The First Lord Nanther clearly hoped to be the subject of an admiring posthumous biography. Having built a name for himself as Queen Victoria's favoured physician - expert on blood diseases and particularly the royal disease of haemophilia - he fastidiously set about recording the details of his eminent life, carefully cataloguing every significant letter, diary and medical essay that he'd written.

But when the present Lord Nanther begins to research the life of his great-grandfather, he soon realises there is little of interest in his ancestor's dry-as-dust account. Indeed, he begins to suspect that these old records conceal more than they reveal....

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/17/2014

    " A very interesting and enjoyable book... totally different to Barbara Vine's/Ruth Rendells' usual works. She is a great storyteller, but sometimes lacks depth. This novel combined both elements really well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilie | 12/29/2013

    " There is something about this book that captivates my mind and heart. I can't put my finger on it. It happens very seldom that I want to read / listen to a book a 2nd time but this book is an exception. Guess, this review isn't all that helpful but I can warmly recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 12/26/2013

    " The plot seemed interesting. But for me it was actually slow paced. I didnt finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 12/16/2013

    " Good, but not on my favorites list "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 12/5/2013

    " really interesting , good read!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle Johnson | 11/12/2013

    " The premise was good but it couldnt stand up to it's promise. I couldnt even finish the book. It was beyond boring and stayed so bogged down that I never reached a "good part". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary G | 9/25/2013

    " Usual Barbara Vine stuff, delving into the past of individuals rather than the sweep of history. Not great literature, but easy to read, entertaining, doesn't require much effort on the part of the reader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie Thompson | 9/20/2013

    " Too many names, too many dates - it reads like a history book and I can't stick with the story. Gave up on page 96. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 7/19/2013

    " I really though I was into the idea of a geneology mystery, but zzzzzzz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/10/2013

    " I love mysteries that aren't centered around a murder, so I was really into this story. The "present day" story was a little less gripping than that of the blood doctor, but all in all, it was pretty decent. A good beach read (I, in fact, read it on a cruise!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 4/18/2013

    " A compelling read, but not her best. More historical search than murder mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve | 2/24/2013

    " Too many names for me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Hodges | 11/25/2012

    " An old favourite. Can't describe the scene that will give me the shivers without spoiling it but ...... *ShiVeR* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/22/2012

    " Loved the fact that the narrator is an hereditary peer during the passage through parliament of the House of Lords bill. In fact all that fascinating House of Lords trivia saved the novel for me, as the ending was a bit of an anticlimax. The author sure keeps you guessing though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Bucci | 5/12/2012

    " A really complex story, I read it several times before I really felt I had grasped everything in the plot. But - it withstood the re-reading and I thought the characters were great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 janis | 5/1/2012

    " well-written though the "twist" was obvious early on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lannis Christensen | 7/26/2011

    " I'm excited that somebody is interested in reading this book. I think it is a great geaneology thriller. Although I'm not sure that that is a real genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/23/2011

    " I love mysteries that aren't centered around a murder, so I was really into this story. The "present day" story was a little less gripping than that of the blood doctor, but all in all, it was pretty decent. A good beach read (I, in fact, read it on a cruise!). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 5/19/2011

    " Too many names, too many dates - it reads like a history book and I can't stick with the story. Gave up on page 96. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/28/2011

    " Loved the fact that the narrator is an hereditary peer during the passage through parliament of the House of Lords bill. In fact all that fascinating House of Lords trivia saved the novel for me, as the ending was a bit of an anticlimax. The author sure keeps you guessing though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 1/6/2011

    " I really though I was into the idea of a geneology mystery, but zzzzzzz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 9/15/2010

    " Good, but not on my favorites list "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 8/3/2010

    " English Lord, writer and husband researches his ancestor, a distinguished doctor in the time of Queen Victoria who studied haemophilia. Good book, but quite lengthy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diana | 7/16/2010

    " As a big Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine fan, I finally put this down. After slogging through the first 100 pages (which took 3 days, not normal), I just decided to give up. Maybe I'll try again in the future based on other reviews, who knows? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lannis | 7/16/2010

    " I'm excited that somebody is interested in reading this book. I think it is a great geaneology thriller. Although I'm not sure that that is a real genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 janis | 5/9/2010

    " well-written though the "twist" was obvious early on "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Vine

Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell, who has won numerous awards, including three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.

About the Narrator

Robert Powell has, in addition to playing Richard Hannay on screen in The Thirty-Nine Steps, appeared on television in Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, Dalziel and Pascoe, and Holby City.