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Winter's Return is the fourth full length Guy Winter mystery. It is set in England in the Second World War in the third month of the devastating night Blitz which followed the defeat of the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. In Winter's Return Guy Winter returns to London, a city at once reeling under the relentless nightly bombardment, yet oddly growing ever more accustomed to the ongoing nightmare. Shunned and unwanted by Scotland Yard the Mystery Man – a sobriquet earned long before the war because he was the man the Yard turned to solve the mysteries no other man could resolve – is assigned to S Division in Hampstead. However, his exile is short-lived. Within days he and his faithful sergeant, George Ransom, are heading for the English Midlands, where on a country estate a few miles south of Coventry, Helen Chase, the nation's most famous actress has been grievously wounded in an apparent orgy of mindless violence that has claimed several other lives in the most bizarre gruesome of circumstances. Little does Guy Winter suspect that no matter how far he travels from London the ghostly echo of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888, the machinations of his former MI5 associates and the extraordinary revelations of an exotic German spy captured six weeks before in Scotland, will eventually catch up with him. But before he must confront one fate, he must confront other demons in the fires consuming Coventry, the ‘city of spires'. PLEASE BE AWARE – CLIFF-HANGER ENDING! * * * The Guy Winter Mysteries are:- Prologue: Winter's Pearl Book 1: Winter's War Book 2: Winter's Revenge Book 3: Winter's Exile Book 4: Winter's Return Book 5: Winter's Spy (Available in 2016)
©2015-2065 James P. Coldham writing as JAMES PHILIP (P)2017 James P. Coldham writing as JAMES PHILIP

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Interesting WWII Serial Mystery

Winter’s Return by James Philip is the 4th book in the Guy Winter series featuring the Scotland Yard detective during WWII. Think of this series as the book equivalent of an episode of the television show “24”. Both are espionage thrillers, with episodes occasionally ending in cliff hangers. Winter’s Exile is set primarily in the English Midlands near Coventry, where Guy and his right-hand man George Ransom investigate a mass murder and attempted murder of England’s most famous actress.

Melanie Fraser did an outstanding job narrating this audiobook as she did the prior books in the series. Simply put, Melanie’s reading was very enjoyable and entertaining. She provides distinct and consistent voices for each character, and changes the tempo in all the right places.

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Doesn't disappoint

Sitting down to listen to James Philip's Winter series is like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket with a good cup of coffee at your side. You settle in for a very pleasant afternoon. He writes in a style that harkens back to Bronte and Austen, moving leisurely along, setting the stage of the book slowly.

This story indeed starts out slowly. Winter and his family have returned from his honeymoon and settled back into London with the war, obviously, still raging. Guy Winters and George Ransom are still recovering from their wounds sustained in the last book, and are on light duty, when, finally, a crime is committed about halfway through the book. The author spends a lot of time setting up sub-plots and intrigues that we, the reader, hope will eventually come together coherently. The crime, which takes place in Coventry, seems at the centre of the other sub-plots.

This novel seems to end way too soon and really should have a warning .... To Be Continued. It ends on a cliffhanger, and while I suspected something was going to happen, wasn't expecting the ending given. I was left wondering why the author ended the book here, since all the other books in the series had the crime solved by the end of the book. Why not make the book longer?

Despite the cliffhanger ending, I did enjoy the book. I find Melanie Fraser to have a great voice for narration .... the cup of coffee, to the book's blanket .... and look forward to the next book to finish this case.

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Best in this series so far

The war and the mysteries keeps going. I Think this is the best so far in the series. The narration is great as in the earlier books.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

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An Old Time Coppers Tale

I found the early part of this book difficult to get into, but persevere it is worth it and later on you find that all that early stuff is important to the story.
This is the first Guy Winter mystery I've read, this is a series and I wish I'd read the previous books, but it reads well as a stand alone.
Good steady pace, strong well developed characters and a really good story line or I should say lines because there is more than one going on in this book.
Different from modern detectives - because we've forgot how long it took too check the fingerprints of a suspect, or any record system (manually without computers).
Beautiful narration, with wonderful English accents.
A good read.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Secrets, murder and intrigue

Set in war time Britain this entertaining story weaves a great murder mystery that’s scattered with interesting historical facts and really gives the feel of the blitz. Somewhat slow in the beginning; spies, lovers, secrets, intrigue and brutal murders soon heats things up. You don’t need to have read the prior books to enjoy this story but it would make some of the interweaving story threads easier to understand. The narrator does an excellent job; her BBC British accent is accurate and fits the characters and time period well. She gives individual voices to the characters and really brings the story to life. I enjoyed this story (even though there is a cliffhanger at the end) and will look forward to finding out what happens.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 11-19-17

An excellent series

This fourth instalment of the Guy Winter series is certainly full of mystery and suspense. Murder and mayhem abound which makes for thrilling reading. The cliffhanger ending came quite abruptly but the high drama ensures that I will be reading the concluding episode, Winter's Spy, as soon as possible.

There is quite a bit of historical information at the beginning of the book regarding the origins of New Scotland Yard which I found very interesting. The detail surrounding the blitz was also well done and I liked how the author brought the social impact of the bombings into the story line. We get a real sense of the hardships faced by people who lost their homes and the community spirit that developed as people banded together to help one another out.

Again, Melanie Fraser gives a flawless performance. There is such quality and clarity to her voice I really feel like I have stepped back in time as I listen to this series.



I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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  • Zena
  • 11-01-17

Cliffhanger De Luxe

It always upsets me when a story ends suddenly and this one did! I felt that it was just beginning to really hot up too. Oh well, maybe its just me...
The funny thing is that the book is nicely written, the story is interesting, but what happened to the rest of it? Guess I'll just have to listen to the next one to find out.
I'm loving that Winter is back at work and that he is going to be a father again. Nice personal touch there. And I'm wondering what mischief his daughter and her new beau are going to get up to.
As usual, Melanie Fraser has done a splendid job with her narration of it and I still would love to hear the outcome of Winter's new wartime adventure.
I received a free audiobook from the narrator and this is my unbiased review.