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Summary

The year is 1931. The new and luxurious transatlantic liner Empress of Britain is on her eastward passage. Among the first-class passengers on board are two English confidence tricksters, making a discreet exit from a little awkwardness they have left behind them in the United States. A chance meeting on deck brings them a tempting new target in the shape of Miss Charnwood and her niece, the beautiful Diana, only child of the immensely wealthy Fabian Charnwood.

©1993 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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More twist & turns than a corkscrew

I’ve enjoyed most of the authors books over the years and have a vague recollection that I listened to this book on audio tapes over 20 years ago. One of the few benefits of my ageing memory is that I’d forgotten the story and so could be taken again on this rollercoaster of skullduggery as two fortune hunters get caught up in an intrigue of epic proportions. Twists and turns in the plot abound intermingled with an imaginative speculation as to the real cause of the First World War.

A most enjoyable book admirably narrated by Bill Wallis.

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  • 04-07-18

Goddard and Wallis, a class double act.

Goddard and Wallis, a classy double act! Goddard's story telling flows from the page, truly a wordsmith of note, and Bill Wallis's
rich melodious voice compliments and enhances the book even more.

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one of his best!

What did you like most about Closed Circle?

first discovered goddard in the early 90's, and went on to read everything i could find of his. missed this one, and extremely glad that i found it.

Have you listened to any of Bill Wallis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no, but i will definitely look for more of his work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes - but too long!

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Page Turner, Brilliant .

A thrilling page turner , brilliant listen with more twists and turns and intrigue
An excellent narrator too, one of Robert Goddard's best.

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I don't think the narrator was a good fit

I have loved every Robert G book I've read, and that's a air few, but I just didn't believe this book at all and found myself hoping it would end so I could move on to the next in my library. I think the main problem was that the narrator seemed about 20 years too old to be the character he was reading. I found him dull and boring and couldn't even believe anyone would have sex with him when a sex scene appeared. For me his narration ruined the story as I just kept saying 'ugh. who cares'. The narrator isn't bad at all, but just not suited to this role.

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Well written

This was an excellent tale of murder, mayhem and trickery and did keep my interest as the characters were so well developed and the plot skillfully executed. BUT ..... I wasn't very comfortable with the characters and their doubtful morals.

I am glad I read it though, but it is not Mr Goddard's finest in my opinion, not because of the writing or the plot but just because I felt bad about the main characters.

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Least enjoyable so far

Convoluted plot based on chance. So many lies told, very tangled, overall did not enjoy

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Enjoyable old fashioned tall tale

This book is in a very different style to my usual crime thriller of choice. Set in 1931 and written and performed in such language of the time, it took me a while to settle in to. However, I became engaged with the characters and the slightly outlandishly over the top plot. I raced through to the end (always a good sign!) and can recommend this as a very good “whodunnit” listen!

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Intriguing

An intriguing tale full of twists and turns and surprises. Well read with clearly drawn character voices.

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Second time around

I already had this in hardback. It was even better this time. Good page turner.

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  • 14-12-13

No Redemption.

Well written and well plotted, most of the characters in this book have little conscience or redeeming qualities.. Perhaps, I've met too many like-minded individuals in my professional career, as those in this novel, and as such, I found them as distasteful as characters in a book as clients in a legal field, and I am not be able to recommend the book as entertaining, unless of course, one tends to enjoy saying, "Oh, there you are again, I thought I was done with you and your ilk."

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  • John
  • 23-09-13

Goddard does it again. And again.

Though not my favorite Goddard book, it is still a 5 star in my eyes. A plot that is never boring with great characters to make the story never stall out. Excellent narration to boot!! Wish there were more Goddards in the literary world.

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