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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Imaginative and atmospheric story

Modern detective fiction is an over-crowded genre so any deviation from the formulaic construction is welcome. This book scores in being set in London at the height of the bombing during World War Two, which adds a menacing atmosphere in which crimes can be missed amid the devastation and numerous deaths. The main character, DI Stratton, is an unusual creation in that he is happily married and appreciative of his colleagues, though the author, unfortunately, couldn’t resist the cliché of his boss being a martinet.

The narrative follows the investigation of three deaths: a nurse, a doctor and a pathologist all from the same hospital and that occur in quick succession. A parallel story concerns the actions of a man posing as a doctor: a fraud made easier by the chaos of war, though not unknown nowadays. The investigation of the murder of the nurse doesn’t go anywhere until near the end of the book. Also the numerous tedious descriptions of the bizarre behaviour of a woman pulled from the wreckage of a bombed-out house only becomes relevant near the end when the various disparate stories come together.

I enjoyed the book and will look out for further instalments.

Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator, as usual.

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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.

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An excellent mystery set in interesting times.

I’ve just listened to this book for the second time, and enjoyed it even more than the first. I’m not usually keen on a detective novel that spends time with the policeman’s family, but this aspect of the book added to the story rather than distracted from it. I never cry at books but one particular scene was so moving, I did have to dab at my eyes with a tissue.
Highly recommended if you like your crime fiction character-driven.

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Don’t Give Up

I was trying to return this book soon after I started it, as I was bored by the Mrs. Ingram section. I was unable to do so, and how glad I am that I continued on. Seán Barrett is a wonderful narrator.
The plot began to lift, and the characters started to ‘live’ under the skilful Mr. Barrett. The plot was convoluted, but kept me focused throughout . I won’t say more of the story, except that it was well written, with many surprises.

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Excellent book.

Gripping story with lots of twists and turns. The characters and personalities were excellently portrayed by Sean Barrats superb narrative. I will listen to more of Laura Wilson work.

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Tragedy

An excellent , satisfying , but ultimately sad story in the wonderful Stratton series. I am at present revisiting the Stratton books, and this is as good as Stratton's War, if not better.

If only this series could continue, but like all good things, it appears to have ended .

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  • 24-03-13

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.

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