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Summary

A man is found dead in an escape tunnel in an Italian prisoner of war camp. Did he die in an accidental collapse - or was this murder? Captain Henry 'Cuckoo' Goyles, master tunneller and amateur detective, takes up the case. This classic locked room mystery with a closed circle of suspects is woven together with a thrilling story of escape from the camp, as the Second World War nears its endgame and the British prisoners prepare to flee into the Italian countryside.

©1952 Michael Gilbert (P)2019 Soundings

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Outstanding book

I started to read this with a little bit of trepidation because I wasn’t certain whether a story set in a prisoner of war camp would be something I would enjoy. But as I made my way through the book, the story enfolded me thoroughly. It was beautifully written, and moved at very fast pace. I’m pretty good at guessing the outcomes of detective novels, but this had me going to the very last page.
The narrator‘s voice was very easy to listen to, and added a real weight to the words he was reading.
Very enjoyable read.

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