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River of Darkness | [Rennie Airth]

River of Darkness

In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

©1999 Rennie Airth (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 06-27-12
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 06-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "New Mystery Written in 1920's Style-What A Thrill!"

    Mysteries written in the 20s or 30s -- or set in the 20s or 30s -- are some of my favorites. Rennie Airth has written a wonderful story, evocative of post WWI era, but introducing modern elements, like a serial killer with psychological problems. The characters are well-drawn, the plot keeps you interested, and a little love story is thrown in for added enjoyment. Christopher Kay does an excellent job narrating, making vaious regional British accents sound believable (at least to an American!) and still making them understandable.

    I will definitely be looking for more from Airth.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Nanaimo, BC, Canada 08-15-13
    Cynthia Nanaimo, BC, Canada 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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    "Story could lose the romance."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like romances with a bit of detective work thrown in you would probably enjoy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rennie Airth again?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Kay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time, he was adequate.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I though it was trying to ride the fence between romance and mystery/war in order to interest a broader audience. Failed.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 06-28-13
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This Mystery Does Not Sacrifice Story"

    River of Darkness exceeded my expectations. I thought I was buying a detective yarn, where a brilliant detective would be paired against a wily and diabolical killer, chasing clue after clue until finally piecing together the mystery. And make no mistake, those elements are strong throughout the book, but at the same time, RoD offers quite a bit more.

    Like all the best stories, this is really about living people, not murders. This is somewhat ironic, given that when we first meet him, the protagonist is a man in many respects already dead. Set just a few years after WWI, the echoes of that terrible conflict are still very much present in the world of "River." It seems to stain combatants and non-combatants alike, men and women both.

    Despite the grisly subject matter and the sense of ennui that seems to surround so many of the characters when we first meet them, this is ultimately a positive, redemptive book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 01-14-11
    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2008

    bella jackson

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    "More Please!"

    Great book for this genre. I would love to see more of Rennie Airth's work if available.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    This story is first class and should be rated as one of the best thrillers ever produced. I am a walker and listen to the storys as I walk, but I found myself rooted to the ground due to the sheer suspense, this book had you twisting from one spot to another. For the first time in the whole of my life (and I am no chicken), I found tears in my eyes. Its a book you will never forget and that is what a good book should do.I must make a mention of the reader he is so good that you think you are there with him, and the many characters are treated to their own accents.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    4/22/11
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    "Easy"

    This is an 'easy' listen. For me, there was no 'rewinding'; the story flowed easily and the characters were memorable. I enjoyed the historical setting and the reading. Good, good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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