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Summary

Lady Wainwright presides over the Gothic gloom at Belting, in mourning for her two sons lost in the Second World War. Long afterwards a stranger arrives at Belting, claiming to be the missing David Wainwright, who was not killed after all but held captive for years in a Russian prison camp. With Lady Wainwright's health fading, her inheritance is at stake, and the family is torn apart by doubts over its mysterious long-lost son. Belting is shadowed by suspicion and intrigue, and then the first body is found. 

This atmospheric novel of family secrets, first published in 1964, is by a winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.

©2018 The Estate of Julian Symons (P)2019 Soundings

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exceeded my expectations

enjoyed this book immensely, could not stop listening. I was not sure if it would be too modern for my tastes but need not have worried. good narration as well.

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Excellent story with a twist.

The story revolves around the widow of Belting taking in a young orphan who he becomes quite fond of but is not accepted readily with the remaining children.

The orphan is the reader and we get his observations as the remaining children try and disprove the authenticity of the dead sibling returning from war with a story of being in a prison camp and not killed as thought.

The story concludes about halfway through and then we have another 3 hours of not really very interesting follow up and discoveries.

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A great find - excellent!

If you like a post-war mystery with a bit of murder, you’ll enjoy this tale; the story is told and mystery unravelled by the observations and voice of an eighteen year old boy.
The readers voice is suitably young and fits the age of our hero; it is a well written story, which flows well, also very amusing at times too. I throughly enjoyed it and can highly recommend.

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  • 07-04-20

Recommended

Excellent work which was well performed. One of the best old mysteries from the British Library series so far.

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  • 11-04-21

Engagingly Implausible Mystery

way too many coincidental meetings and a Rube Goldberg contraption of a plot but well-written with mostly interesting characters and very well read/performed by David Thorpe