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Publisher's Summary

The king's coronation brings hope. Until a murderer strikes.

Spring 1661: After years of civil war followed by Oliver Cromwell's joyless rule as Lord Protector, England awaits the coronation of King Charles II. The mood in London is one of relief and hope for a better future. But when two respectable gentlemen are found in a foul lane with their throats cut, it becomes apparent that England's enemies are using the newly re-established post office for their own ends. There are traitors at work and plans to overthrow the king. Another war is possible.

Thomas Hill, in London visiting friends, is approached by the king's security advisor and asked to take charge of deciphering coded letters intercepted by the post office. As the body count rises and the killer starts preying on women, the action draws closer to Thomas - and his loved ones. He finds himself dragged into the hunt for the traitors and the murderer, but will he find them before it's too late?

©2014 Andrew Swanston (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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great but not perfect

finale a bit contrived. would also have liked to have the issue of Conrad and Maria.
otherwise a great story.☺

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  • Millie
  • 11-28-17

very good

The narrator was very good and had different voices for different characters. It had a happy ending.

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  • 07-02-16

A Great Listen

What made the experience of listening to The King's Return the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent. The story was very good and it kept me entertained and engaged.

What other book might you compare The King's Return to, and why?

A wee bit like Matthew Shardlake books.

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet but that is next on my list. An excellent narrator who sounded as if he was really enjoying telling the story. He portrayed the times and moods with great aplomb.

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

It made me laugh in places, it made me raise my eyebrows in places, it made me angry and it made me happy.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have listened to by Andrew Swanston. Just off to buy the other two now,