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A Pale Horse | [Charles Todd]

A Pale Horse

Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.
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Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

Scotland Yard dispatches Inspector Rutledge to find out who the man was and why he died in such mysterious circumstances. But the villagers clearly have something to hide. And what does the huge chalk sculpture of a pale horse of the Apocalypse have to do with the crime?

©2008 Charles Todd; (P)2009 BBC Audio

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    matthew PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-07-13
    matthew PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-07-13
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    "...Kinda boreing"

    I bought this book purely because it was on sale for $5. I read the description and it talked about kids in a grave yard and raising the devil. It sounded intriguing. Unfortunatly that's about the first half hour of the book. The rest is a quite boring detective story with uninteresting characters.

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    Jamie Kopp 11-07-12
    Jamie Kopp 11-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great series"
    Where does A Pale Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    What other book might you compare A Pale Horse to and why?

    the entire series is worth your time.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Rutledge, Prebble is a great reader and he helps the reader identify with the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any time Hamish talks


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this series will continue. It brings history into the story along with the mystery. Please keep the same reader, he is wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard C. Thayer II Chapel Hil, NC 06-02-13
    Richard C. Thayer II Chapel Hil, NC 06-02-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Just Don't"
    Would you try another book from Charles Todd and/or Simon Prebble?

    Exciting, tight plot and engaging characters are just a few words that can never be used to describe this book. You could cut this boo down by 2/3rds and still have the same amount of story and even then it would be dull.

    I felt like an endurance runner reading this "just keep going. make it to the end"

    Just don't


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Historic fiction


    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

    He was ok.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Pale Horse?

    All but the title


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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