• The Bockhampton Road Murders

  • Reverend Paltoquet Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Pat Herbert
  • Narrated by: Angus Freathy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-30-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pat Herbert
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Sometimes we’re not alone....

What is the secret behind the brutal murders that have taken place sporadically over the last century in a small, insignificant South London terraced house?  

The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet is determined to find out when two of his favorite parishioners are found with their heads caved in in front of the ornate Victorian fireplace by their five-year-old son, Henry Freeman. 

This fireplace seems to be the key to the puzzle. Despite years of neglect, the living room hearth is always spotlessly clean, like the day it was installed. Why? 

This novel centers around the Reverend Paltoquet and his search for the truth. The other chief protagonist is Edith Lomax, an unhappily married doctor’s wife, who resides in 57 Bockhampton Road, where the first murders take place back in 1896. This triple murder of a man and two children sets in train the series of murders that are to follow. 

The search for the truth, which involves another six murders by the same fireplace in the same room in the same house following on from the first murders, culminates in the present day with an exorcism that doesn’t work. We discover that there are many restless spirits trapped in the house, forced to remain by the violence of their deaths, and unable to communicate with the living world until a medium helps to set them free. 

Reverend Paltoquet’s close friend, Dorothy Plunkett, is that medium. He calls on her to help these spirits to their final rest, and this is when we learn the truth behind the murders and the real perpetrator of the crimes.  

Titles in the Reverend Paltoquet Mystery Series are:  

  • The Bockhampton Road Murders
  • Haunted Christmas 
  • The Possession of November Jones 
  • The Witches of Wandsworth 
  • So Long at the Fair 
  • The Man Who Was Death 
  • The Dark Side of the Mirror 
©2018 Pat Herbert (P)2018 Pat Herbert

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This is really a series of ghost stories

This engaging novel starts with a murder mystery set in the late 1800s , then proceeds to tell a series of ghost stories, that occur chronologically over a period of years until the present time. The murders/ghost stories are all set in a house on Bockhampton Road in the U.K. The Reverend Paltoquet becomes involved when one of his parishioners becomes a victim. He begins delving into the background of the house and its unfortunate occupants until he becomes certain that a ghost is involved somehow. The book describes his attempts to get to the bottom of the murders.

The book was read by Angus Freathy. Angus did a great job keeping up me engaged and in creating believable characters. The stories, on the other hand, got to be pretty predictable after the 3rd or 4th murder, so Angus had his work cut out for him. Nonetheless, I was still surprised at the ending of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this book and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys these types of mysteries.

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