In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.
©2012 Catherine Bailey (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Not Gothic Mystry
The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher, The Secrets of a Victorian Lady
As a paper novel, I probably would have been distracted, but the phrasing and his characters brought the story to life
I felt enlightened and ever grateful to be living in this century and not last
Despite not being a "fast-pasted, haunted mystery", as a historical journey , it unfolds the truth in an intriguing and enjoyable manner. I felt I was being told a story by a fire for my amusement, as such I tried to listen to it in as near as one go as my schedule allowed.
Great story, occasionally choppy but overall very interesting story that I knew nothing about prior to reading this book.
The performance was in the spirit of the book but the book was so slight that the mysterious reading was just silly.
There was nothing at its core. There was no story and no secret. It was like Northanger Abbey without the wit. The author made up a mystery about a frankly very unpleasant and unappealing aristocrat. There was nothing interesting about him except his title.
I learned how the English pronounce Belvoir, Drogheda and Buccleuch.
I wouldn't have written the book! It wasn't substantive in any way.
Frankly, it was boring. There was no great secret involved and the one secret that interested me was never explained. And there was nothing gothic about it. It's just the story of a dysfunctional aristocratic family told mostly through letters.
Something truly gothic, not like this.
The narrator was fine.
None--unless the listener is an avid fan of World War I history.
I seriously wanted my money back on this one. It was a waste of money and time. I kept waiting for something to happen and it didn't. There was nothing very mysterious about the story and certainly nothing gothic about it.
Great reader , most interestingly written
The end of the great build up was not so impressive , the facts of the story were not too strong .
Very good indeed .
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