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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Speller Narrator: Matthew Brenher Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laurence Bartram Mysteries Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611207514
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In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmett’s brother, an officer during the war, has reportedly killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans’ hospital, and Mary needs to why. What connects a group of war poets, a feud within Emmetts regiment, and a hidden love affair? Was Emmetts death really a suicide, or the missing piece in a series of murders?

As veterans tied to Emmett continue to turn up dead and Laurence is forced to face the darkest corners of his own war experiences, his survival may depend on uncovering the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] elegant, engrossing read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “World War I history buffs will enjoy this mystery, as will fans of period pieces set in London. Readers who like Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series will enjoy this as well.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Smith | 2/12/2014

    " Set in England during the aftermath of WWI, the book is an absorbing mystery that slowly reveals darker and darker secrets and shows the tragic and devastating results of World War I. An absorbing, convincing read; well-written, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/10/2014

    " As with all good books that examine the aftermath of war, this had some parts that were very hard indeed to read. However, it was so well plotted and characterized that I feel myself changed by reading it. I'll never look at WWI with any sense of romance. As a mystery, it was smashing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Dumont | 2/6/2014

    " This readable mystery hooked me with its sympathetic hero, Laurence Bartram, who survived the Great War but lost his young wife and son on the home front. The details of the 1920s convalescent home regimen, the survivor guilt of the men who returned from the front, and the secrets kept from them by the women they left behind, are compelling, but solution to the mystery undoes all the good work of the plausibility of what has gone before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casceil | 1/26/2014

    " I had very mixed feelings about this book. It is set in the years after WWI, and explores the impact of the war on soldiers who fought in it. The book is a mystery, with a fairly intricate plot that is handled pretty well for the most part, though there are some problems with pacing. The book hits its climax a little too early, and the denouement seems to drag on far too long without really getting anywhere. The final ironic twist comes in the epilogue, but I note at least one other reviewer stopped reading before that. The books paints a vivid picture of injustices that occurred during the war. I found this more depressing than entertaining or enlightening. Some readers will enjoy the book for precisely the reasons I disliked it; the depiction of how the war affected people of that time is well done, but too depressing for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/22/2014

    " I thought for sure this would be a 4-5 star book but. . . It started with great atmospherics and felt like I was reading a Masterpiece Theater or BBC special of the best sort. But toward the end of the book it fell apart for me. Wanted to like it more, but it is what it is. Too many affairs and illegitimate surprise children to make the story seem real - too many coincidences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/21/2014

    " A great read with lot's of unexpected twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/11/2014

    " As an inquiry into the injustice of a battlefield execution during WWI, this is masterful and thought provoking. It is less successful as a mystery, partly because of the bewildering number of suspects. I should have kept a list from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Angwin | 1/6/2014

    " Excellent book, couldn't put it down. Very insightful into WWI and things you'd never even thought about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clbplym | 1/1/2014

    " A book full of terrible sadness that very effectively conveys the horror of war and it's effects on the lived of survivors. I was a bit disappointed when you finally find out the reason for the deaths but the last chapter was very powerful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don | 12/13/2013

    " Had to wade through a lot of verbiage for a lukewarm plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/8/2013

    " Wonderful mystery set in England immediately following WW I. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/7/2013

    " Gave up on this one. Waaay too slow moving after 100 pages of trying. My brain officially has better things to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 12/4/2013

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 8/30/2013

    " I'm a sucker for a good historical fiction - and this one didn't disappoint. Loved the mystery element. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 7/30/2013

    " I liked this, but it was really slow-going for me. There is a second one and I am not sure I will read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Humbledaisy | 7/8/2013

    " This was a recommendation from a Shelfari friend - very insightful mystery set in post-WWI England. I still figured it out ahead of time but the post-WWI atmosphere was quite well done. Good Kindle book as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 4/21/2013

    " mystery thriller as a friend who asked to find out about the truth of his friend's suicide by his sister and the story as things are gradually linked together and the final outcome based in the aftermath of the great war and the writing is quite good for a first novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/8/2012

    " Somewhere between liked and loved for me for me as I enjoyed this novel but it tended to drag at times. The writing is high quality and the plot gripping - the author shows a great deal of promise and I will definitely be acquiring the sequel, The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/27/2012

    " Great prose in this post WWI detective story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 9/20/2012

    " Great book. A perspective if works war 1 and the impact on relationships after the war and on the men who fought. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deshay | 6/11/2012

    " More and more I am drawn to novels set in England with a WWI connection. Think Maisie Dobbs and Ian Rutledge series. So I was pleased to find this book and enjoyed it immensely. The pace is slow and comfortable yet suspenseful. I tried to read it slow and savor it. Sad to reach the last page. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Speller studied classics at Cambridge. She has written for various publications, and has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, and Bristol. She divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece.

About the Narrator

Matthew Brenher, originally from London, is an award-winning actor of stage, film, and television and an accomplished voice-over artist. His theatrical background includes many Shakespearean productions. For his role as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, he was awarded best performance by a lead actor/drama by Stage Scene LA 2009–2010.