Laurence Bartram

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 78 ratings

The Return of Captain John Emmett Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmett's brother John - like Laurence, an officer during the war - has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans' hospital, and Mary needs to know why.

What connects a group of war poets, a feud within Emmett's regiment, and a hidden love affair? Was Emmett's death really a suicide or the missing piece in a series of murders? As veterans tied to Emmett continue to turn up dead, and Laurence is forced to face the darkest corners of his own war experiences, his survival may depend on uncovering the truth.

©2011 Elizabeth Speller (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • The Return of Captain John Emmett

    • A Laurence Bartram Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Elizabeth Speller
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmett's brother John - like Laurence, an officer during the war - has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans' hospital, and Mary needs to know why. What connects a group of war poets, a feud within Emmett's regiment, and a hidden love affair? Was Emmett's death really a suicide or the missing piece in a series of murders?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love, Lies, Revenge, War and Truth.

    • By Sara on 10-31-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Return of Captain John Emmett

    • By: Elizabeth Speller
    • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    1920. The Great War has been over for two years, and it has left a very different world from the Edwardian certainties of 1914. Following the death of his wife and baby and his experiences on the Western Front, Laurence Bartram has become something of a recluse.

    Regular price: $17.55

  • Book 2

    • The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton

    • A Laurence Bartram Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Elizabeth Speller
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling manor, a venerable church, and a memorial to the village's soldiers, almost all of whom died in one bloody battle. Now peace prevails, but Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy - as does the Easton family. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty disappeared from her bed and has not been seen in thirteen years; only her fragile mother still believes she is alive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beguiling and creepy story

    • By Donna on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $34.99