The Murder Stone

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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"A stunner, exquisitely plotted and characterized, with Todd’s trademark meticulous backdrop of World War I-era England.” (Strand Magazine)

The Great War is still raging when Francesca Hatton’s adored grandfather dies on his estate in England’s isolated Exe Valley. She is his sole heir, for her five cousins are dead now on the battlefields of France. Among his effects, Francesca is stunned to find a letter cursing the Hattons. And at the funeral, a stranger publicly accuses Hatton of murder. Who was her grandfather? The kind man who raised her - or a secretive killer? For in the back garden where she and her cousins once played, there is a white stone they always called the Murder Stone. 

Alone, with no one to help her, Francesca is determined to clear Hatton’s good name. But when a series of ominous “accidents” occur, she realizes that in her pursuit of the truth, she has crossed the path of someone who won’t be satisfied until all the Hattons are dead. 

Praise for The Murder Stone

“Seamless...a compelling insight into the home front during 1916.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A gripping novel of family secrets set against the tragedy of World War I.” (Mystery Lovers Bookshop News)

“Many twists and turns, angst-ridden characters, and an evocative historical setting. A gripping read.” (Library Journal)

©2003 Charles Todd (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved it

l have enjoyed all of Charles Todd's works but this is my favorite so far. Enough twists and turns to keep one guessing and interesting and likeable characters. The narrator Emogen Church is extremely talented with a gift for voices. A must listen.

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Unfaithful Narrator?

First, I want to say that I thoroughly enjoy all novels by Charles Todd and this was no exception. The location and era were brilliantly rendered and the characters are masterfully brought to life. The story is not the usual mystery however. It is a psychological thriller and we are guided, more or less, by the protagonists who plays the role of an unreliable narrator. This is not unusual for this type of story and the authors have done a fanstatic job weaving current and past events.

Where i feel a bit let down is during the epilogue, in which we learn that during the climatic scene, the unreliable narrator became a dishonest narrator. Of course you only realize this once you complete the book, but afterwards, there is a since of betrayal because until that point, the reader really feels they shared the adventure and then learn they were betrayed and the real motivations were hidden as a way to maintain suspense.

Okay, maybe I am being unfair. I have seen this in other stories, just not from Charles Todd. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the pacing was well executed. A+

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More like a teen angst novel than a Charles Todd mystery

I rarely write reviews but the The Murder Stone is, well terrible. I have loved the previous books, though I not a big fan of the female narrators used in Charles Todd’s previous books. This one especially sounds like she is whining, no matter what emotion she is trying to express.
I tried very hard to get into the book and thought I might find a sympathetic character in the story somewhere, but to no avail. The characters are flat and uninspiring.
The plot is odd and poorly researched.
I finished the book only by skipping through it so I could try and see if it would get better. It didn’t.
Don waste your money on this book. The other Charles Todd books are wonderful. Maybe this one was written by a Todd teenager and thus the drama comes from a place of teenage angst. Or maybe the authors had a deadline to meet and this was the result. Save yourself the time and money and pass it by.

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Good, but too much inner thought

I enjoyed the story and the plot, which had many twists and turns. There was too much anguished introspection, which I found repetitive and irritating. It also caused the story to lag and the introspection frequently interrupted the action.

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Great new character!

This book was wonderfully tense and the secrets were revealed at a perfect pace. Not all was resolved, which is the best!