Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison.
He won’t reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime. His return should be of interest to no-one. But the visit of a solicitor with a mysterious request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew from sleepy seaside Paignton to London, where an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection proves to be the starting point on a journey that will transport them back to the Second World War and the mystery behind Eldritch’s imprisonment.
©2010 Robert Goddard (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This was an enjoyable and unpredictable English mystery/thriller. Too often it is easy to guess the solution to a mystery. This book is complex, it jumps between World War II era and the present. The characters were interesting and the narrator was quite good.
Somehow Goddard can do what many authors can't, blend an interesting plot with great character development and a pace that keeps you in the book. An easy 5 star. Highly recommend
A new Robert Goddard is an automatic credit for me, and I'm reasonably happy with this one.
While still a good ole' mystery (told half in the past - as usual), it was a bit more mellow than other books by the author. The mortal danger was kept to a minumum and the stakes did not seem overly high (ie, the characters would have survived one way or another). This is not necessarily a bad thing, and it was an enjoyable way to spend 11 hours.
A classic Robert Goddard which gathers you up immediately and does not let go until the last word.
A thoroughly good yarn + sympathetic narration.
Just a great escape. The plot summary cover this well. Fantastic narrator, doesn't try women's voices , just his voice with a female inflection, very effective.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
I read this book while exercising (as I do most audible books), and it was a little difficult to follow. May have been due to the story being in 2 different periods of time.
Probably I'd try one more.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Well OK this is an audio and not a paperback.
Good story well read by David Rintoul.
Goddard has his own way of weaving past and present into engaging mystery stories.This one had been in my wish list for a long time before purchasing. Since then I have listened to it a couple of times. We all know just how important a good narrator is to making a great story a good audio experience.
While not my favourite Goddard, 'Long Time Coming' is a good listen. Maybe the sort of story that does not get told, yet exists in many a family. I think that is what I liked about this one. Not the same subject matter, for sure, but pethaps those relatives we learn so little about, do have a story to tell. Like many of his novels this one too made me think.
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