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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott, read by Philip Stevens, Emma Gregory and Sally Scott.

An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased, but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. 

Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France, where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders. 

To find answers in the present, Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim's youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged between occupiers and occupied, deals were done and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades, but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way - and who will kill to keep their secrets safe.... 

©2018 Manda Scott (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you’ll find this year." (Simon Mayo)

"This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated - but fiercely suspenseful - thriller." (Lee Child) 

"A fast-moving tightly-wrought thriller. The destination is in fact as unexpected as it’s satisfying - and very thought-provoking." (Robert Goddard) 

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  • Derrick
  • Yelling, United Kingdom
  • 05-11-18

Too convoluted for its own good

This starts really well, and I love the timeshift between the modern day and WWII, but it goes downhill for me from then. Any spy thriller needs to be complex and full of false trails, but this goes beyond the sustainable and just ends up being silly and a bit tedious. The plot stumbles into an impenetrable tangle at the climax, but you just go with it because trying to map out the 'how and the why' is not worth going back instead of just slogging to the end.

I did stay to the finish, but checked the time quite a lot to see whether I would.

It is wonderfully performed by a trio of readers; they do a fine job, but I wish they had better material.

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Disappointed

I bought this having read excellent reviews but found it very hard going. It is written in the present tense, a literary affectation that I found extremely tedious and irritating, especially when written in two timelines. There are numerous characters, none are sufficiently well established so I really didn't care what happened to any of them. I got about half way through and gave up - possibly it improves later on but I have better things to listen to.

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  • anne
  • Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 26-08-18

Oh my goodness!

What an amazing book Manda Scott has written! I am Absolutely blown away by this complex intriguing story. Five stars is just not sufficient to show how all absorbing a tale it is. Two mysteries wrapped around each other spanning the years of the Second World War, up to a few months ago! With beautiful prose and characters that feel like close friends. I feel devastated that I’ve now completed it . I can say for certain I will be reading it again and again as the wealth of detail deserves it. I will also be searching for more of her books.

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Excellent!

Well written, intriguing, full of suspense. The plot is full of twists and turns and shifts between 2 timescales: WWll and present day. It keeps you on your toes as you try to work out who the traitor, the agent and murderers are.

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Two interwoven stories

If you ignore the military and French grammar terminological inexactitudes: "crew of ME109" when single seater. Then it is an awesome book that you will no doubt enjoy

The narrative grows and engrosses the listener to a fascinating extent. Not sure where Manda Scott found and developed the idea for the two inter-related stories, but they are both fast paced and surprisingly emotive in places. Combat is scary and invigorating on an indescribable level. Not heard that captured in prose before.

All great fun, if you are not too picky / annoyed by the grammatical mistakes this is well worth the listen.

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Without doubt the best book I have ever listened to in this genre

Absolutely brilliant book. The author has managed to conjure two time lines making the characters realistic, the wartime experience is raw, historically accurate and absorbing. The narration is superb and I would highly recommend this book.

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Absolutely stunning.

I love Manda Scott’s books and so had high expectations - this audible version surpassed my expectations. Highly recommended.

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Outstanding

This is without a doubt the best audio book I have listened to. The story is gripping. It is brilliantly written, it contains action, history, love, tears.
I cannot praise it highly enough.
The narrators are also excellent.

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Really good spy novel

I really enjoyed this!
It was well written and had a complicated and involving plot not like your usual run of the mill one idea spy book.
Narration very good.
It has all the right ingredients a woman investigator, murders, spies, the Second World War and the resistance, the CIA and who was the mole?
Definitely recommended

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My favourite audio book so far

Wonderful storyline, slightly complicated by switching from 1944 to 1957 and 2018, so don't listen if you are about to go to sleep otherwise you will have to rewind ! Great writing and well told .

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