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An Empty Death Audiobook

An Empty Death

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Publisher's Summary

After almost five years of conflict, London's exhausted inhabitants are living in a world of dereliction. War-weary DI Ted Stratton is no exception, but he cannot help being drawn in by his latest case.

Called on to investigate when a doctor is found dead in Fitzrovia's Middlesex Hospital, Stratton soon realizes that someone involved is not who they appear to be. Meanwhile Jenny, Ted's wife, is working at the local Rest Centre. When a bombed-out woman appears at the centre, declaring that the man claiming to be her husband is an imposter, Jenny thinks that it must be due to shock. The reality, however, is far more dangerous....

Ultimately, for Stratton and Jenny perhaps there is only one thing they can trust: their fear.

©2009 Laura Wilson; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Jacanty UK 15/02/2010
    Jacanty UK 15/02/2010 Listener Since 2008
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    "A very satisfying read"

    The book starts with the suspicious death of a doctor at Middlesex Hospital, shortly followed by the murder of a nurse, but these are rather put on the back burner as we follow the story of the murderer of a second doctor. At the same time a woman is rescued from a bombed house by DI Ted Stratton and is ultimately taken into their home by his wife Jenny. Mrs Ingram's behaviour becomes increasingly irrational and paranoid, refusing to recognise her husband, and the two storylines eventually, and terrifyingly, merge and finally, the original deaths are solved.
    Laura Wilson has written well rounded characters some of which surprisingly, given the circumstances, gain one's sympathies.
    In Stratton we are treated to the almost unique phenomenon in detective fiction, of a happily married man, the interplay between him and his wife being warm and affectionate.
    Sean Barrett is superb in the narration, beautifully conveying Stratton's Devonian accent and those of the other characters and the book is worth listening to for this reason alone.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Madgey 18/07/2010
    Madgey 18/07/2010
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    "Not to be missed - fab !"

    The author takes you on a mysterious journey ? skilfully leading the reader through two distinct tales. There are very strong central characters, whose individual nature you really get a feel for. DI Ted Stratton?s dry Cockney humour shines out and on occasions; I could not help but laugh out loud. It is a story of mystery, suspense, dogged determination,human weakness & frailty. Would like to see much more of this author and narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda London, United Kingdom 09/01/2013
    Linda London, United Kingdom 09/01/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen - but start with 1st in series"

    This was the first 'Stratton' book I listened to and whilst the books really do stand alone perfectly well, if you listen in the right sequence there is more to be gained from the character and overall plot development.

    There is the odd time when the stories do get a little manic but I found my attention was captured from start to finish - helped by the, as always, excellent narration by Sean Barrett (the reason I discovered Stratton in the first place). I await the 5th Laura Wilson audible with anticipation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Davies 21/12/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"

    I enjoyed every moment ... this author has captured the time and place of London in the 50s in fine detail.
    All three books in this series are brilliant and totally memorable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya UK 12/08/2010
    Tanya UK 12/08/2010 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    A very well written book which kept my attention. Never read this author before but really enjoyed this. Again as always the narrator was very good, which in my opinion is key in enjoying any audible book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maggs Port Talbot 25/08/2016
    Maggs Port Talbot 25/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "An Empty Death - weak"

    An Empty Death - weak
    I really enjoyed previous book Stratton's War, this second book was very weak in comparison
    As usual Sean Barrett was excellent

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    Gabrielle Harvey-Jones 20/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't hesitate!"

    Interesting and complex story, engaging characters, good writing and Sean Barrett's usual superb performance! Now to download the next in this compelling series!

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    Cabaspre 04/02/2016
    Cabaspre 04/02/2016
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    "A very good sequel."
    Any additional comments?

    I like Detective Stratton - a "human" that is good at his job. I have to say that it would be nice, just once, to have a detective that had a superior that supported their actions and believed in their capabilities. However, as in the last book, the details and language of the time were wonderfully depicted. There was also a lovely twist towards the end.

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    Les 29/10/2015
    Les 29/10/2015
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    "An excellent murder mystery"

    This was the first time listening to a book from this author and I was not disappointed, a very good listen which I found hard to stop listening too. Sean Barrett as the narrator is excellent as usual and was one of the reasons I decided to give this book a go, and I was not disappointed.

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    Birgitta 06/10/2011
    Birgitta 06/10/2011

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    "Great plot but maybe not so good in audio format"

    Though the plot for this book is great it is somewhat long-winded but my main reason for only giving it a three star is that I do not like how it is read. I find the reader rather flat and most characters voices quite irritating.

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    "Great story and well read"
    Where does An Empty Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first Laura Wilson novel, and it won't be my last. She writes a good gripping tale, which kept me listening. Sean Barrett's narration is superb. He really brings the book and the characters to life. If only all audio books were this good to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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