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Death Has Deep Roots

British Library Crime Classic
Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

At the Central Criminal Court, an eager crowd awaits the trial of Victoria Lamartine, an active participant in the Resistance during the war. She is now employed at the Family Hotel in Soho, where Major Eric Thoseby has been found murdered. The cause of death? A stabbing reminiscent of techniques developed by the Maquisards.

While the crime is committed in England, its roots are buried in a vividly depicted wartime France. Thoseby is believed to have fathered Lamartine's child, and the prosecution insist that his death is revenge for his abandonment of Lamartine and her arrest by the Gestapo. A last-minute change in Lamartine's defence counsel grants solicitor Nap Rumbold just eight days to prove her innocence.

©1951 Michael Gilbert (P)2020 Soundings

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Slow

Could not listen any longer. One of the few books I gave up on. Great cure for insomnia

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  • 16-03-20

Absorbing period drama

It unfolded more like a drama with interesting courtroom elements and off stage adventures. It is very well written so much so that I didn’t care for the mystery or denouement as I normally do in books of the crime classic sort. I would definitely want to read/listen to more by this author after this first introduction to his works. Gordon Griffin is stellar. His narration to my ears is perfection for period mysteries. In fact, I become quite partial to trying out a listen if I see that he is the narrator.

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  • p burger
  • 10-10-20

Interesting twists

Reader is great, I listened to it while in bed and missed parts but could follow well enough.

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  • schiff
  • 25-03-20

A Delightful Suspense Story

For me, this story puts Michael Gilbert standing as a second choice only to my favorite murder mystery author - Ngaio Marsh