This book kept me up all night listening. While seemingly a story of gratuitous murder, River of Darkness also explores the theme of how a person's psyche long after a war is over. War, in fact, is never over for some. Airth skillfully weaves together a police investigation, a love story, and a killer's narrative. I highly recommend this book. The narrator was excellent and his regional accents sounded authentic, at least to my untrained ear.
Having David Suchet read Hercule Poirot is heaven. He knows his character so well. Death on the Nile is a great listen. Even though I had the bad guy/gal figured out before the denouement, it was a fun ride getting there. Christie provides a great cast of potential killers and victims.
In a story where the characters are snowed into a house, you would expect the bodies to start to pile up and the number of characters go down. The reverse is true here. The number of characters actually grows through the end of the story. It is an interesting listen, especially knowing it is one of a number of forgotten British mystery classics republished by the British Library. The story is a bit mystery, a bit thriller, a bit gothic, with locked rooms, disappearing clues, and deep snow banks. I considered giving the book five stars, for how well it fits its genre, but didn't because I felt the author failed to describe the characters and their settings sufficiently at times. When our main characters leave the stalled train for a cross country hike, we don't get a description of what they were wearing, if they were dressed for a blizzard, and if the women were wearing heels and skirts, all of which would have made a difference as they struggle across fields through blinding snow. I never felt the cold, the snow, or the trudge. This lack of description occurs at other points. But the story is fun and has lots of twists and turns. It is worth a listen if you like 20s and 30s British crime novels.