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The Scandal At Bletchley (Hilary Manningham-Butler Book 1) Audiobook

The Scandal At Bletchley (Hilary Manningham-Butler Book 1)

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Publisher's Summary

"I've been a scoundrel, a thief, a blackmailer, and a whore, but never a murderer. Until now...."

The year is 1929. As the world teeters on the brink of a global recession, Bletchley Park plays host to a rather special event. MI5 is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and a select band of former and current employees are gathering for a weekend of music, dance, and heavy drinking. Among them is Sir Hilary Manningham Butler, a middle-aged woman whose entire adult life has been spent masquerading as a man. She doesn't know why she has been invited - it has been many years since she left the secret service - but it is clear she is not the only one with things to hide. And when one of the other guests threatens to expose her secret, the consequences could prove disastrous for everyone.

©2014 Jack Treby (P)2015 Jack Treby

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    kate 07-26-15
    kate 07-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome story tho not about Bletchley!"
    Would you listen to The Scandal at Bletchley again? Why?

    I'm a history buff-I love to learn about little-known war stories. Bletchley Park is a building in the UK where Allies (WW2) deciphered Axis' militaryt codes. Though this story is fun and involves a scandal, it has nothing to do with miltary. It is a fun wicked story though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scandal at Bletchley?

    My favorite part of the story was the party where the murders occur. There are several characters and twists and turns, and the way in which Sir Hillary's "secret" is revealed.


    What does Jack Treby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Jack Treby was fantastic. I could listen to him all day long.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review via Audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Waldron 08-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved This Book"

    There are delicious twists and turns in this mansion mystery. The author narrated the book really well. I couldn't stop listening to this story. Great escapism.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fascinatingbooks 11-05-15

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    "Unique and Well Written Mystery!"
    Where does The Scandal at Bletchley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was so memorable I would have to say in the top 50.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Hilary Manningham-Butler and the very spot on feeling of time and place.


    Which character – as performed by Jack Treby – was your favorite?

    The character of Hilary Manningham-Butler.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It amazed me, and I was just crazy about the character of Hilary Manningham-Butler.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given a review copy by the author and I loved it! What an amazing, unique and fascinating book. The pace, language, sense of time and place, and characters are all very well portrayed. This made the story easy to follow, I could scarecly stop listening. I loved the ending and I'm hoping it left the door open to a sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Frazier 09-23-15
    K. Frazier 09-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fresh take on classic House Party mystery"

    I liked the main character 's unique outlook on his world. Several plot twists I hadn't expected. I would be interested in reading more Sir Hilary stories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 04-04-16
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "A Knees-up for MI5 at Bletchly in 1929"

    This is one of those first person books where the narrator reveals that they are now old and dying so they can finally tell this story from the past. The author could have just done away with that bit because it doesn't matter. What does matter is that there is going to be a reunion at Bletchley that has nothing to do with code breaking.or World War II. What it does have to do with is a golden age style mystery.

    It is 1929 and Sir Hilary Manningham-Butler has been invited to a reunion house party by his old boss, Sir Vincent, the head of MI5. The party is set at Bletchley in Buckinghamshire, where an improbable group of people, all with their own secrets, are brought together for ostensibly a party. However from the beginning it is clear that all will not be well.

    The narrator is Sir Hilary Manningham-Butler, who is a very interesting charactor. Not likable at first, very much Sir Hilary is unconsciously an elitist,racist, misogynist, heavy drinker and smoker, in short very much a man of the time-- but he isn't really a man. And Sir Hilary, the longer you know him, kind of grew on me. By the end I was rooting for him, although he was still a jerk.

    I liked this book. In fact I generally avoid books narrated by the author like a plague, but Jack Treby does a decent job. I started listening to this over breakfast one Sunday and didn't stop until it was done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 11-18-15
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    "Entertaining"

    This story has nothing to do with Bletchley Park and the wartime activities associated with it. That being said, it's a well constructed and plotted mystery. The characters are believable and most are germane to the story (with the exception of the Smiths). Not great art, but a lovely way to spend several hours.

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    Sarah 11-08-15
    Sarah 11-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but not enthralling"

    This book was fairly good entertainment to listen to while cleaning the house. It wasn't fast paced by any means. I listened with some interest, but didn't care too much about the outcome. Although I'm not sorry I listened to this one, I wouldn't look for another book from the author. I think there just wasn't enough to make me care enough about the characters. I did enjoy his narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MerylB 07-26-15
    MerylB 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    Can't say that I loved his, but it was good enough of a listen. The author did a good job of the reading, though every now and then I got the feeling that he was a bit too enthralled with his own writing, but mostly he did an excellent job.

    Not really a cozy, and I did feel that perhaps a bit more could have been done with the cross-dressing, but if the author wrote another wrote another book with the same character I would buy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 01-12-16
    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 01-12-16
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    "quite a good story which kept me guessing"

    a new author for me, I enjoyed the story with the well written characters and a good narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SL Thomas 10-26-15
    SL Thomas 10-26-15

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    "Interesting Twist"
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    I truly enjoyed this book. While it's categorized as a cozy mystery with a bit of humor, I think the narration kind of took away from most of the humorous moments. There just wasn't enough of a humorous edge to the narrators voice. Don't get me wrong though, the narrator did an excellent job overall just not with humor. What I loved most was the main character. I don't want to give anything away but wow what a nice twist on a main character. You want go wrong with this book, it has everything you need in a cozy English mystery and then some.

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    "Gripping tale that keeps you guessing all the way"

    This is an intriguing story with a fast pace and a few surprises along the way. The story is narrated by it's main character Sir Hilary Manningham Butler, who has been invited to Bletchley Park - in the days when it was a private residence - for a celebration of the 20 year anniversary of MI5 and he is not the only guest to be keeping a secret...

    The ending of the book leaves things wide open for a sequel and I'd love to read more stories featuring this cast of characters.

    I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review via Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deedra
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    11/16/15
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    "The Scandle at Bletchley"
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    This book started out very slow,but picked up speed nicely.Written and read by Jack Treby it is a first person account of a time in our history of spies and double lives.The men and women of Bletchlsy did decoding work ,among other things during the war in Britain.This is one story of a woman living a mans life and a nasty bit of bother at a reunion of old comrades face as they start dying one by one.A who dunnit?Give a listen!
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse

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