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Set in a sprawling Gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death.

Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently.

After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines.

If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles, he will inherit the entire estate, but if he fails, he will receive nothing.

However, from Lord Alfred's will, it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears....

The audio version, read by Jake Urry, has now been re-recorded at an even higher quality, bringing this atmospheric tale to vivid life like never before!

©2007 Richard Alan Storry (P)2019 Richard Storry

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totally captivating

What an entitled spoiled wastrel Matthew was!! I applaud the old man for his ingenuity and foresight!! Why Charles made a deal with an unscrupulous scoundrel is unbelievably naive of him. I was shouting at my kindle. Some people are not redeemable as the story shows. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I love ,loved the twist at the the end. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing it to life

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Great book!

This was such a neat book! I loved all the surprise twists throughout and the way that you really did get a feel for each character and their contributions to the story itself. Highly recommended!

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Intriguing treasure hunting story

I really enjoyed this on. Intriguing treasure hunting story. Great plot, interesting background and characters, and great narration. A little predictable, but I didn't mind.

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Great Read

Very good story with just the right amount of twist and turn content. Narrated by Jake Urry, the best narrator I've heard.

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Enjoyable.

This was my first time purchasing and listening to a book by this author. I must say I enjoyed the story. It wasn't as scary as I would have liked, but it kept me interested. Half way through I did figured out one of the twist. Jake Urry did an awesome job as always with his narration. I recommend this book, and look forward in listening to another book by Richard Storry.

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Quick, very entertaining read!

This book was slow in the beginning but man do you get caught up in the crazy quickly! Jake Urry does an amazing job with the narration and has a real feel for the pace of the story. Kid friendly, probably more suited to 8 years and up. While a bit on the gothic end of things, this isn’t crazy morbid by any stretch. I love that you were able to sit and try to figure everything out along with the characters and the final twist will absolutely shock you. Truly a must if you enjoy mysteries and competitions! —I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A very good story!

Intriguing, well-plotted and with very interesting characters, I really enjoyed this story. And I'll be honest, I thought I had understood the last twist almost at the beginning, and then... oh, well, it wasn't the last one *laughs* I love that almost the whole book is a literary scavenger hunt, and that all the secondary characters are not only important to the plot, but also quite mysterious. You know there are more to them that we know :) I most certainly will be reading/listening more from this author. The narration by Jake Urry was good.

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Absolutely diabolical!

Diabolical! It was a dark and stormy night when the tale begins and it continues in a manner reminiscent of Henry James. There is an elderly very wealthy man with one wastrel son so the man repeatedly calls his solicitor to the mansion, only this time he dies while burning the most recent will and makes a cryptic statement. There's a video will and it gives a bequest to the faithful butler and leaves the great bulk to whichever of the other two (son or solicitor) finds the hidden item. From then on the suspense tightens as the men decide to work together and follow the sequential clues. The end absolutely blindsided me! Jake Urry is the astounding voice actor who has the right tone at the right time and gives nothing away.

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The Cryptic Lines

The story was beautifully written with subtle humor and reminded me of the traditional Agatha Christie mysteries. Totally enjoyed listening.

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What a mysterious book, indeed!!

Cryptic Lines grabs your attention right off the bat! Then proceeds through a story frought with twists and turns, not to mention all the surprises at the end. You will love it!

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 11-15-19

Mysterious treasure hunt.

Lord Alfred Willoughby is dying! He has written multiple wills but with the way his son Matthew is, he decides to write on last one. In it he stipulates that he will leave his faithful Butler 5 million, and the rest of his sizable fortune would be left to either of two contenders. But, nothing is ever easy and Lord Alfred sets a treasure hunt in place. The first to solve the clues and find a certain object, will inherit everything. All they have to do is solve The Cryptic Lines! I absolutely flew through this suspenseful mystery! The authors descriptive writing really brought the scenery and atmosphere to life. You could just imagine the big sprawling manor house that they are searching, as well as the amazing land it's on! I also loved the whole treasure hunt and mysterious clues thing. It was awesome figuring things out along with the characters and trying to see was I right! You think you know what's going to happen but the author throws in twist after twist and the ending was brilliant!! Character wise, their are only a few, but all were extremely well written and developed. James, the butler, was a typical English butler you see on the TV. The attorney was another awesome character. Such a nice person. Matthew is a money hungry man, who only wants his fathers vast fortune and will stop at nothing to get it. All of these, as well as the other characters, added up to a really enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining listen! In all, this was a quick, fast paced, entertaining and suspenseful read. Jake Urry was the perfect choice for this. He had an array of tones and cadences that really suited the feel of this story. He portrayed James and Lord Alfred perfectly with a really posh English voice and even did a perfect Matthew! He really brought this book to life and made it 10 times more enjoyable! Brilliant narrator.

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  • jhanami
  • 12-27-19

Just what the doctor ordered!

Being currently down and out with a chest infection and struggling to concentrate on reading or lengthy story development this was just the ticket. It was a fast paced, fun, scavenger hunt-mystery with a restricted group of well-developed characters. The whole thing was elevated to an outstanding and captivating listening experience by Jake Urry’s fabulous narration, bringing the characters to life and perfectly setting the atmosphere. Just what the doctor ordered!

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  • carol pearce
  • 12-13-19

A cracking story

What a good book -it’s different, intriguing, atmospheric & brilliantly narrated by Jake Urry. I really enjoyed it.

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  • SandraL
  • 12-10-19

Entertaining Treasure Hunt

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to this, but what I got was an excellent cosy mystery set in a slightly spooky old manor house somewhere in England. It was different in that there were no murders and dead bodies. Instead it was a scavenger/treasure hunt and I tried to play along at guessing what the clues meant. The story itself is beautifully written with a cast of great colourful characters - I really liked the butler and old Meg. Although the audio book was only just over 4 hours long there was so much packed into it. The book is read by one of my favourite narrators, Jake Urry, who's voice is absolutely perfect for this kind of book. He brought all the characters to life and made it even more enjoyable.

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  • cad16
  • 11-06-20

Enjoyed the twists & turns throughout this book

To start with, I thought the narrator was a bit slow in getting going but as the book progresses with it's eerieness, he makes it more interesting & makes you want to listen more. Was a good read and was free with a code from Richard. Thankyou.

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  • J. Caddick
  • 11-03-20

Great story!

When I first heard Jake Urry's narration, I wondered what on earth I was going to be listening to! But he had a perfect voice for the story, really added to the atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, it was a great story and in a great setting. Well written with lots of twists and turns and a rather unexpected ending.

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  • Sadie
  • 11-01-20

Cryptic lines review by Joseph W

This book was a pleasure to listen to. Richard storry's plot, combined with the voice of Jake Urry made this book a truly worthwhile experience. While I have read a lot of mystery books over the years I have to say that the Cryptic Lines came out as one of the best I've read/listened to for a while. This book hit right up my alley containing all I hoped it would and more: mystery, intriguing characters and twists and turns that kept me hooked till the very end. I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages above 12 and I am looking forward to reading more books by Richard.

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  • Alice Eva
  • 10-23-20

A short, but fantastically written suspense story

The Cryptic Lines was a pleasantly surprising story. It provided precisely what I was looking for on a rainy October night. It was a short listen, full of unexpected twists.

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  • Book Monitor
  • 12-22-19

An enjoyable treasure hunt in a gothic house.

This was a good listen, with well written characters, clever treasure hunt clues, atmospheric setting and engaging narration. A cosy mystery. and although short there's plenty of incidents and puzzles to work out and it all trots along at a comfortable pace. The narrator did a good job, and will be someone I look out for again.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 12-19-19

Intriguing

An intriguing story with a satisfying ending. The audio book has wonderful narration from Jake Urry.