Winter's Pearl - Prologue to the Guy Winter Mysteries Series is a novella which sets the scene for the first full length Guy Winter mystery, entitled Winter's War.
Winter's Pearl is set in London in the first months of the Second World War during the period of the so-called 'Phoney War'.
It draws us into the complex world of Scotland Yard's most famous detective Guy Winter; the Mystery Man. So named because no other living detective has ever solved as many mysteries as Winter of the Yard. However, the great detective's fame and triumphs have come at a high cost.
Just when we think we've discovered our hero at his all-time low, it gets worse and it doesn't ever look like it is going to get better. Who needs enemies when your friends are on somebody else's side?
©2014 James P. Coldham writing as James Philip (P)2016 James P. Coldham writing as James Philip
I liked this book. I wish I had read this one before I had read the first "official" book of the series, since this one really help set the scene and explained a lot of what happened in the background of book #1 (Winter's War). This book takes place during the beginning of WWII, and its interesting to see how prostitutes, or "Pearls", were used to gather information by the British Intelligence. I listened to the Audible audio book narrated by Malanie Fraser, and she did a great job. I really liked that she has a lower or mid-range voice for a female narrator, and she has great character differentiation. She speaks very clearly and uses good pacing. I think she was a great pick for the narration of this book. Overall, if you like stories about WWII or British spies, I think this would be a great introduction to a series containing these elements.
Winter's Pearl is a short prologue to James Philip’s Guy Winter Mystery series. It’s set during the opening days of WWII during the period known as the “phony war.” Several characters are introduced, points of conflict between them are established and we’re given an opening mystery to wet our appetites. Based on the prologue, Philip’s is going to give us a look inside British intelligence and police services during the war. It promises to be most interesting.
I received this as a free Audible download in return for an honest review. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, was excellent.
I enjoyed the style of writing - it's like listening to PD James or Elizabeth George. I was also interested in the Jack the Ripper thread
The revelation of the Pearls
I'm glad I listened to this as its the prequel to the Winter's War audiobook that I am listening to.
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This prologue is a promising start to the first book in the Guy Winter series called 'Winter's War'. We are introduced to all the main characters and there are quite many. This introduction helped me a lot to get to know the characters with their praise and flaws before the real story started. It jumped around a lot - from one character to another - so you'll have to concentrate on getting to know each one.
Melanie Fraser does an outstanding performance - a good, clear British voice that makes you feel you're right there at the scene. The story came to life in an oll' times British environment, as we all know when we watch British period dramas.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
The was a short introductory novella for a WW II era espionage mystery series,
Major players and characters are introduced in the novella. The "Pearls" are high class prostitutes who spy for British intelligence.
Guy Winter is a Scotland Yard detective that British intelligence wants to recruit. One of the "Pearls" is murdered, and the evidence initially points to Guy Winter as the perpetrator.
I was left wanting more, I know that this is just a prequel to the series, however I would of liked more closure to the novella. I am anxious for the next book of the series as I think the series has great potential and could be a very exciting series.
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This book is an obviously an introduction to a series. The characters are developed and the mystery to be solved is laid out. The main character is interesting and conflicted about how his life has turned out and is now a suspect in a murder. When the book ended I wanted to hear more.
I received this book free from the author for review. I would have still been pleased if I had paid for it.
Todd W. Brown
This is like immersing myself in a PBS/BBC event. The story is everything you want in a period piece and has all the nuances you love. If you enjoy a well-paced, dramatic adventure...then look no further. If this is the start of a series, then dive in and be prepared for what is hopefully a long and amazing ride. I was fortunate to be gifted a cop and now look forward to many more tales involving Guy Winter...also, the historical touches and the tie in with Jack the Ripper had me going back to look up some info on this very famous serial killer. Bravo, Mr. Philip.
As always, Ms. Fraser is simply amazing as a narrator. Her voice makes this wonderful story all that much better. She is one of my favorites and I hope she brings more of Mr. Philip's stories to life.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
WINTER'S PEARL was a nice prologue to a promising new series. This really set the stage for the full length Guy Winter stories. The characters were great as well as the story. I agree with the synopsis that this is a complex story with excellent dialogue. JAMES PHILIP ( COLDHAM) wrote a neat story about spies and the pearls. And he couldn't have found a better narrator.
MELANIE FRASER was outstanding. She has a lovely voice with beautiful tone and inflections. Her pronunciations are impeccable. I love hearing her read. I think she's perfect for the series and hope she continues with it. It was very enjoyable.
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A prologue to a series about the early years of WWII, and Scotland Yard’s detective Guy Winter. It sounds that this will be an interesting series. I will look for more from this author.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed.
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Interest provoking Introductions
Meeting Guy Winter. and the brief Jack The Ripper flashback.
Her performance was well done. For the most part, I wondered about the selection of a female narrator. It seemed that the majority of conversation was between two males and that the narration perspective was also a male one. But, for an entertaining listen that piqued my interest in the story I was hooked by Melanie Fraser's narration. Her sense of timing and characterizations were what made this even more interesting to me.
Makes me want to read and listen to the rest of the series
Again, this is a novella introducing characters and situations that will fill out a promising series. I conjured up visions of Foyle's War, Ian Fleming's real life escapades and the like. There are several steamy sections. So if that's an issue for listeners then be forewarned.
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"A great introduction to the series."
I thought that Melanie Fraser's accent reflected the time period of the story very well and her voice really suited the elevated status of the characters and the establishment they were working for.
For a short story there were a lot of characters to keep track of and I had to pay good attention to what their role was and their relationship to each other. However I enjoyed the story a lot. I really love mysteries and I thought that this was a great introduction to the main character, Guy Winters, and left me wanting to read the next books in the series.I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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