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The Death of Kings

Narrated by: John Curless
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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In the fifth novel in the John Madden mystery series, Inspector Madden is called upon to assist Scotland Yard on a notorious decade-old murder case. On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. An instant headline in the papers, the confession of a local troublemaker swiftly brings the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder. Was the man convicted and executed a decade before truly guilty, or had he wrongly been sent to the gallows? Inspector Madden is summoned out of retirement at the request of former Chief Inspector Angus Sinclair to re-open the case at Scotland Yard. Set in the aftermath of World War II, The Death of Kings is an atmospheric and captivating police procedural, and is a story of honor and justice that takes Madden through the idyllic English countryside, post-war streets of London, and into the criminal underworld of the Chinese Triads.

©2017 Rennie Airth (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Good book; perfect narration

Rennie Airth writes one of my favorite series, and I thought John Curless narrated the story perfectly. Maybe not the strongest mystery in the series, but I enjoyed it very much. Airth is such a good writer, and the characters are like old friends that I am happy to catch up with.

I am not certain about daughter Lucy's involvement in the case; she's a bit of a blabbermouth, but perhaps the author is preparing to have her enter the police force in the next installment. I sincerely hope there are more books to come in the series.