Winter's Revenge is the second full length Guy Winter mystery. It is set in England in the Second World War at the time of the Battle of Britain and the beginning of the devastating night Blitz of London in September 1940.
London reels under the onset of the Blitz as every night hundreds of Luftwaffe bombers unload their cargoes of death over the beleaguered city.
On the ground as the new brutal realities of the war are brought home to every citizen, the Ripper continues his rampage and the last secrets of Guy Winter's life are stripped away. As the bombs fall the mystery man unravels one mystery after another, knowing that sooner rather than later he must confront his deadliest foe.
This time it is not just Guy Winter's life and loyalties that are under the microscope. Under the Luftwaffe's reign of terror the past mistakes of friends and enemies alike suddenly come home to roost, but Guy Winter never stops hunting his man.
©2014 James P. Coldham (P)2016 James P. Coldham
I'm really enjoying this series. The writing is wonderful. The narrator is great. I do believe I've also downloaded the actual ebooks to read. The 'problem' with audio books is keeping all the names straight - especially the British upper crust three name names evident in this book, so it might clarify things reading the book itself. As well, with audiobooks there's the tendency to get distracted by something else, or, in my case a lot of the time, waiting for the bus - getting drowned out by traffic. However, one I can enjoy listening to again.
This book is a continuation of the Guy Winter Mysteries first listened to in Winter's Pearl, and Winter's War and answered some of the questions left in those books, and continuing to develop the characters we'd met previously.
I never like giving spoilers of books I've read or listened to - some readers are okay with it, but I'm afraid of giving away to much. Suffice it to say, Winters and Ransom continue their search for the killers of women set up in Winter's War amid personal hardships and obstacles partially due to the war going on around them.
I think George Ransom is becoming my favourite character!
Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
The second entry of the Guy Winter series brings us the answer to who's been killing off the Pearls (a group of female spies posing as - or for real - "ladies of the night"). I admit that the author's writing style can sometimes leave me confused as to what is going on (or maybe I was zoning out at times due to external distractions) but for the most part I could follow along okay. Once again, the story comes to a semi-climax (as in, we don't get the full account of events as they are happening) and ends abruptly by use of an epilogue in the form of a police report. I suppose this is the type of framework the author has settled on for these novels, but it feels a scoch off-putting. That might just be me though.
Once again the narrator, Melanie Fraser, does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. She gives us a feeling of authenticity for the setting and the people of that time.
Second note: This is not a standalone novel. It's advisable to read/listen to the first book in the series to understand what's going on in this one.
It was a bit hard to get into the story first, probably because I haven't read the first book. But when I got into it I liked it. The narration is great I think.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
This is an interesting and well-written book that takes place during WW2. I think the characters are interesting, but it kind of bothers me that everyone cheats on their spouse. Granted, I know the book centers around the "Pearls", who sleep with others in order to gain information and spy, but it would just be nice to see some people who are faithful to their spouses since we are supposed to be rooting for them. I like the whole tie-in to the Jack the Ripper murders and its interesting to see all the details that make the murderer a copycat. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Melanie Fraser. I think she does a great job, keeps the energy up and the reader entertained. Overall, its a good and entertaining book. If you like WW2 spy books, and aren't bothered by reading about a lot of infidelities, this would be a great book (and series) to check out.
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The historic atmosphere of life under the Blitz, a mystery with roots going back to the infamous Jack the Ripper crimes, characters that you become involved with and care about.
The Yard's Inspector Guy Winter. The protagonist who the story revolves around. His investigative skills, and interaction with the other players of the story.
Again, Winter. Melanie is perfect for this series! She invokes the drama and the humor of the plot. I feel she makes the time frame and characters come to life. And you can sense Melanie enjoys working on this book and the entire series. Which I have listened to all of thus far produced. She is a pleasure to listen to!
Yes. I did take a few breaks. It is a good enough listen to want to savor it longer!
Interesting, well written and well performed!
Thank you for the opportunity to review it!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it. Thank you, Ms Fraser!
I would be remiss if I fail to mention that I am reviewing it on a voluntary basis.
""Still, that was what censorship was for, what?""
I have not read the print version but do believe this would have been more enjoyable had I read rather than listened to this book.
This book is a strange mix of components: the obsession of inspector Guy Wordsworth Winter to track down a serial killer whose crimes seem to emulate the horrendous Jack the Ripper murders from the previous century, one current victim possibly being the policeman's own wife; the graphic recounting of the Ripper's own trail of terror in the past; the ongoing social situation of a London population under attack from German air bombardment; and the attitudes and lifestyles of the upper echelons of that same society. A mystery thriller set in the past, itself investigation in parts a decades old crime.
Does it work? Well, the style of writing is certainly closer to that of the 1930s than present day and the somewhat clipped narration of Melanie Fraser further suggests that period, sounding closer to a period B.B.C. reporting than a present day reading. The phraseology used is also often in character for books of the time. Recounting of the chaos caused by intensive bomb destruction also adds colour and verisimilitude to the story.
However, Winter is no Sherlock Holmes as is suggested by the pressor blurb, but rather a withdrawn, near broken man, who bumbles his way to solutions rather than adding there by insightful assessment of the facts. And the whole investigation is further muddied by the schemes and prejudices of the secret service and parts of government at the time, up to and including the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. It is because of the vagaries of a large cast of players and the constant references to the life of spies and returns to the original Ripper case that I would have preferred to read rather than listen to this book. Greater clarity.
Whilst Ms.Fraser"s narration was good, clear and added to the atmosphere of the time in which the story is set, the real mystery for me remains the choice of a female narrator for a book primarily set in a male dominated world of War crisis, where almost all of the main protagonists are male and the dialogue, which constitutes much of the writing, is, consequently, between men. She does a stalwart job and I especially commend her voicing of the very recognisable Winston Churchill. But there are several excellent British male narrators who are capable of endowing the same period feeling whilst bringing additional gravitas to the background story. It would have been less distracting and given a more realistic feeling to the book overall.
With numerous characters pursuing their own agendas and a constant, sometimes repititious reviewing of autopsy reports and such like from the original Ripper murders in all of their gruesome detail, I found this not a straightforward listen but somewhat confusing at times. This said, it was an enjoyable book and my thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy via Audiobook Boom. If for no other reason, this is worth hearing to recapture some of the, thankfully now forgotten, attitudes of the British upper classes at the commencement of World War Two.
"Enjoyable and atmospheric"
I enjoyed this second book in the Guy Winters series. This isn't a substantially new story but a continuation on where things finished in the last book. I would recommend you read the first book in the series first. Melanie Frasers narration is once again like a Rolls Royce purring effortlessly conveying you along the paths of the story. I did miss some of the romantic tension of the first book which gave the book a nice edge. The book mixes London in the Blitz and Jack the Ripper London in its story line. This was mostly done well but on a couple of occasions I found this slightly jarring. All in all a good read. Bring on book three please.
The excellent narration by Melanie Fraser made listening to Winter's Revenge most enjoyable. The story picks up where it left off in book one and it gently unfolds as Guy Winter's hunts the person responsible for his wife's murder. There is some rehashing of events that happened in previous books, slowing the pace of the plot a little bit too much for me, however the twists and turns kept my interest in the story and the suspense towards the end of the book had me on the edge of my seat.
I voluntarily received a review copy.
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