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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Minette Walters Narrator: Sharon Williams Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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Mathilda Gillespie's body was found nearly two days after she had taken an overdose and slashed her wrists with a utility knife. But what shocked Dr. Sarah Blakeney the most was the rusted metal cage obscuring the dead woman's face - a medieval instrument of torture called a scold's bridle grotesquely adorned with a garland of nettles and Michaelmas daises. What happened at Cedar House in the tortured hours before Mathilda's death?

Detective Sergeant Cooper, an elderly policeman nearing retirement, is under pressure from his superiors to bring in a verdict of suicide. And even Mathilda's daughter and granddaughter insist that illness drove her to commit the desperate, final act. Only Sarah and her husband, Jack, refuse to believe that the Mathilda they knew would have taken her own life. Then comes the reading of Mathilda's Last Will and Testament, which shocks her family into a stunned and bitter silence. For Dr. Sarah Blakeney has inherited everything. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martina | 2/5/2014

    " Walters can be very strange, but creepy good at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 2/2/2014

    " I picked this book up at a thrift store for 10 cents, its definitely worth the read, or the 10 cents anyways. It is written by a Brittish author, which makes it interesting as far as terminology used and the dialog. The story leaves you guessing "who done it" with a few twist and turns. The use of the Scolds Bridle in a crime with a dark history was neat in a crime mystery novel. This novel did make me a little interested in checking out something else by Minette Walters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/1/2014

    " I read this on a study abroad in Austria...it was one of the only books in the library where I was at (in english) and I found it to be a great mystery...loooking back on it, it might not have been that great, but at the time it served its purpose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 1/25/2014

    " Solution to the murder is a bit difficult to believe, but the story is engrossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/19/2014

    " I definitely liked this one better than the others. There were still a few things that didn't make sense, though, but not in an annoying way as in some of the others. I think I'm going to take a break from her before I move on to any more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Meyer | 1/19/2014

    " Bizarre concept with the scold's bridle, never heard of one before but that is one crazy torture device! Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/9/2014

    " Tjaaa krimi er stadig ikke favorit, men den var helt ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meetu | 1/9/2014

    " A classic whodunnit. One where you are left reassessing your judgements of each character now and again. Powerfully etched characters. Memorable last line: "Does she deserve to have people think well of her?"........."She deserves a little pity Sarah. In the end, that's all any of us deserve." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/22/2013

    " This was one of the most unusual and interesting plots of any mystery I've ever read. The opening of the book made you want to just keep reading and reading, couldn't wait to figure this one out! Great book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shuriu | 12/21/2013

    " I love this author's writing -- like a bracing bath in ice cold water to wake up one's finer instincts. The characters have so much depth and humanity -- though not necessarily heart-warming humanity. And the dialogue near the end does far from disappointing or forming a denouement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/14/2013

    " Walters is becoming a bit strident to me. I appreciate her obvious personal interest in sexual crimes against women, but as a reader of most everything she writes, the topic is wearing a bit thin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rae | 11/27/2013

    " A really bizarre mystery. I still haven't decided whether I really liked it or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 6/16/2013

    " This is the first Walters book I read. I picked it up based on an "employee pick" shelf tag at my favorite independent bookstore! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle70 | 11/17/2012

    " Very good read. Very well thought out and told. Can imagine the depth of feeling for the main characters. Another book that I had trouble putting down from Minette Walters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babette | 3/1/2012

    " Minette Walters does not disappoint. In this book, Dr. Sarah Blakeney and her husband Jack, along with the Detective Sergeant Cooper,are even more interesting than the story itself. The allusions to Shakespeare make me want to dust off some of the plays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stien | 12/23/2011

    " Addicting brit murder mystery, female main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 12/11/2011

    " It kept me guessing until the end, I thought it was the wrong person. It's an Irish book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Wells | 11/28/2011

    " Best Crime Novel of the Year 1994 what more can i say "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 9/1/2011

    " Bizarre, twisted, multiple suspects - wonderful British murder mystery! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 8/9/2011

    " Good mystery, but I loathed pretty much everyone in this novel, even the 'nice' characters are total twits. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 5/22/2011

    " I liked her first two books, but with this one, there was a sadistic undercurrent that has put me off them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 4/16/2011

    " Great British mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/5/2011

    " Walters is becoming a bit strident to me. I appreciate her obvious personal interest in sexual crimes against women, but as a reader of most everything she writes, the topic is wearing a bit thin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 3/16/2011

    " Very silly. Convoluted ... totally unbelievable twaddle.

    I have been told that her other books are better but this was my first read of hers and definitely my last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/20/2011

    " Grande policial! ( A Máscara de Desonra ) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 1/16/2011

    " I liked her first two books, but with this one, there was a sadistic undercurrent that has put me off them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 10/6/2010

    " Minette Walters is always a good read. This mystery is particularly convoluted and twisted with psychological overtones - just to keep you completely in the dark till the very last chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stien | 3/17/2010

    " Addicting brit murder mystery, female main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jen8998 | 5/20/2009

    " Another decent read by Minette Walters but I'm starting to wonder why she finds these little English hamlets so nefarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 4/25/2009

    " Bizarre, twisted, multiple suspects - wonderful British murder mystery! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 2/20/2009

    " This was the first Minette Walters book I read and I was hooked immediately!
    "

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About the Author
Author Minette Walters

Minette Walters is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, and followed this with The Sculptress, which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in thirty-five countries and won many awards. The Sculptress has been adapted for television in a BBC series starring Pauline Quirke. Her novels The Ice House, The Echo, The Dark Room, and The Scold’s Bridle have also been adapted by the BBC.

About the Narrator

Sharon Williams is a stage actress and freelance on-camera and voice talent. She has appeared in many productions in Kalamazoo-area theaters. She has also played a role on TV’s Unsolved Mysteries. Sharon and her husband have one son, an aspiring photographer and rock musician.