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Tristram Abberley was an acclaimed English poet of the 1930s whose legendary reputation was sealed when he died fighting for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. Nearly 50 years later, his sister Beatrix is brutally murdered in her seaside cottage.

Her family are stunned by the crime - especially Beatrix's niece, Charlotte Ladram. But Charlotte has little time to mourn her aunt as 50 years of secrets begin to unravel. Beatrix is the victim of a dark conspiracy, one that her loved ones are powerless to defeat.

A harrowing quest for answers begins, one that uncovers a shocking tale of wartime greed and treachery and a vendetta seemingly without end.....

©1992 Robert Goddard (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-18

Sandy jones

Absolutely brilliant. Beautifully narrated intriguing storyline didn’t guess the punch line. Thank you Robert Goddard for many rapt hours of listening.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-15-18

Quite dreary and slow miving

I really found this story so long winded and dreary, the narration too, was so slow that I had to speed it to 1.25 to be able to carry on listening. There was a large cast of characters, none of whom I could feel any sympathy with or liking for. Charlotte was so dopey I could have slapped her, and the rest of her family were supercilious and thoroughly unpleasant. The only reason I can give three stars is that I did actually want to know the unravelled story so I listened to the end.
I'm not sure that it was worth the effort!

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  • Mark F.
  • 04-10-18

Great Earlier Work From Robert Goddard

Typical Robert Goddard, having read this years ago, it was great to listen to to it in audio format. A gripping yarn with the main character and ultimately, hero, the somewhat downtrodden accountant seeking to prove his brothers innocence and becoming embroiled in a life changing adventure, with plenty of twists and turns on the way.

The narrator is so suited to Goddard's style, I hope he gets to do the set. I have listened to samples of other narrators but John Telfer really seems to capture the essence of Goddard. 10/10 for his performance.

If you enjoy this, try Borrowed Time.

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  • Chris
  • 03-16-18

A growing crescendo

Took time to introduce all the characters, but grew steadily into a very enjoyable mystery, with the requisite twists and turns.

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  • Neil Y
  • 06-11-18

Good Story

Robert Goddard always writes good stories with lots of twist and turns. Maybe I'm bad at plots, but I actually got the main culprit wrong, but the part of the plot involving a piece of furniture was very predictable. Always enjoy his books, this was not his best, but enjoyable and engaging.

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  • Mrs
  • 05-16-18

What a marathon!

Well at least you will get value for money with this one - seemed to go on forever! A really daft convoluted story line with no genuine sense of peril but characters were nice enough and I had spare time on my hands so finished it. The narrator needs a long service award for getting to the finish line!