Winter's War is the first 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 start of the London Blitz.
August 1940 - Chief Inspector Guy Winter has been Fleet Street's favorite detective for over a decade. Dubbed the "Mystery Man" by his friends and enemies alike, for all his fame he cuts a lonely figure at Scotland Yard, where every newspaper story is fresh grist to an already tired mill. Laid low by personal tragedy, there are many who suspect that the great detective's career is over.
Guy Winter, still in mourning the death of his wife in a tragic traffic accident the year before is summoned back to Scotland Yard to hunt for a psychopathic killer who is retracing Jack the Ripper's 52-year-old bloody trail of terror through London's East End.
Evil stalks the London blackout at the height of the Battle of Britain as a madman sets out to sow panic in the streets. But nothing is quite what it seems. As the threat of invasion looms ever larger and great aerial dogfights rage in the skies over southern England, as air raid sirens wail in the night, searchlights play across the face of the heavens and the first bombs fall, old scores are being settled and we discover that Guy Winter has been living a double life more mysterious than anybody ever suspected.
Now that double life has returned to haunt him. Now he no longer knows whom to call friend or foe.
©2014 James P. Coldham (P)2016 James P. Coldham
I liked this book, especially its atmospheric quality. It is dark and historical, with the main character trying to track down a Jack-the-Ripper copycat. It was interesting to see how prostitutes were used to gain secrets for the Intelligence. I read this book before reading the "Prologue" to the series, but I wish I had done it the other way around, as the prologue really sets the stage and gives more background to the important characters. I found it hard to really like the main character on all levels, which is probably why the book isn't rated higher, but the story is still very interesting and enjoyable. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by Melanie Fraser and I LOVED her narration. Her voice really adds to the atmosphere of the book, she does a great job of giving each character a unique voice, and she does both female and male voices well. I've listened to three books she has narrated and will definitely check out more that she's done. Overall, if you like highly atmospheric, WWII mystery/spy/espionage books, this is one to check out.
Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.
Yes. I enjoy the historic era represented, the hard job Scotland Yard has. The relationship this listener quickly developed with Guy Winter and other characters in the story. This time around, Winter and the City of London are contending with the World War 2 Blitz, a latter day Jack the Ripper type serial killer, and Inspector Winter's wife has been killed in a terrible and suspicious automobile accident. "Winter's War" captures the frantic era early into World War Two. And does it well.
After listening to the short prologue to the series titled "Winter's Pearl" several months ago, I still feel this has a strong similarity to "Foyle's War", the very well done British detective series starring Michael Kitchen, and Honeysuckle Weeks. Realistic...
Melanie Fraser adds the atmosphere of England in this story, with her accent. She can carry off dialogue well, and the story narrative is eased along by her abilities to convey the feelings of the characters involved and the situation at hand.
Melanie is South African, though mostly trained and worked in the UK, to this untrained American ear, her British accents are well voiced.
I wish I could have done so. On the other hand, I enjoyed taking it in in shorter listens to be able to appreciate the written work as well as the voice talent.
This is a very good British detective series with big helpings of historical and social content from the era in which it takes place. Right up my alley!
This audiobook was provided by the narrator, at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you, Melanie Fraser!
"Very Enjoyable London War Thriller"
I enjoy audiobooks set in London during world war 2. This is a very good example.
Excellent storyline with lots of twists the occasional cad and steamy love and crime under the cover of the blackout.
Good narration is at least half of a good audiobook. Melanie Philips does an excellent job in Winters War bringing the contrasts of a chaotic wartime to London to life. In the future I will take a gamble on new books simply because she is the narrator.
Ok I am off to download the rest in the series.
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"A clever historical mystery"
The premise of the story i.e. a Jack the Ripper inspired murder mystery set in London during the blitz, really appealed to me. The element of espionage added a layer of complexity and mystery to the story. The story line was very intriguing and the mystery had me hooked while twists and turns kept me guessing. There were plenty of suspects and conspiracy theories as Guy Winters discovered who his friends and enemies really were. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I liked Guy Winters; a complex and clever, albeit flawed, character with a skewed moral compass. There is never a dull moment as he flits from one woman to the next while investigating a string of gruesome murders.
I also liked Sergeant George Ransom who made a very likeable sidekick.
As always Melanie Fraser gives a flawless performance and The Guy Winters series is now one of my favourites. Her accent lends itself very well to the time period and the upper class characters portrayed in the novel. Their old fashioned phrases were in tune with the era and because Melanie voiced them with her RP accent I really felt like I was transported back in time.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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