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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,011 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:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.