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Summary

A large country mansion. A locked room. A gruesome murder. 

Russian oligarch Alexander Volkov has invited 1,000 guests to a party at his palatial Surrey residence, Westgrave Hall. But while giving a private tour of the library, a gunman kills Volkov, wounding his ex-wife and slaying her new beau. Nothing makes sense to DCI Craig Gillard. In the blood-spattered crime scene there are no forensic traces of anyone else involved, CCTV shows no one entered or left the library, and everyone seems to have an alibi. Is it a crime of revenge, the squaring of a love triangle, or a Russian government operation? Could the victims have simply shot each other? Gillard’s eventual discovery is shocking even to him. 

A gripping crime thriller from a master of the genre, The Bodies at Westgrave Hall will leave you guessing until the very end.

©2021 Nick Louth (P)2021 W F Howes

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Annoying narration

I can’t for the life of me understand why the narrator decided on moronic voices for most of the police officers. The text shows them speaking good English in well constructed sentences but he makes them sound as though they can barely read or write. Why?

The story is a bit far-fetched, not as good as previous books in the series, but it’s made so much worse by this annoying narration. I hope the author decides on a different voice actor for future books. I won’t be listening to this one again.

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not a good book

I have read and enjoyed all of the craig gillard books to date and waited eagerly for this one to arrive. I have to say that i could not wait to get to the end of it. I found it to be the most boring book i have listen to and was very disappointed with this. There is a lot of irrelevant information given especially at the start and it did not capture my interest at all throughout this. The only reason i did not return is that i am ever optimistic that the next one will be better and be back to the exciting story lines from before. Unless you are a gillard fan then i would not recommend this book

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Terrible

I’ve really enjoyed other books but plot is comply unbelievable, characters all over place.... kept hoping it would improve but didn’t. Sorry really disappointed

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lacking punch

I've listened to all of Nick Louth's books narrated by Marston York. His South London and Russian accents were a little annoying after a while, and when the characters should have been shouting, the narrator's tone didn't change.
Overall the story was good but lacked punch.

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A very gripping audio book.

It was a complex plot but the author carried me as the listener on the journey. The end was not one I was anticipating. Brilliant.

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Never would of guest in million years

Very long but so many twists and turns I loved it. very much recommend

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I loved this book

I enjoyed the many twists and turns of the plot, never being able to determine the killer.

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Great!

Another great book in the series! Not sure if there is another, but if there is I'll get it now!

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Twists and turns

Yet another fantastic listen, the pace and story are perfect. The twists and turns in the plot are sublime in my opinion.
Can't wait to listen to the next book.

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Brilliant

Very complicated. Stick with it... but you won’t guess the ending. Very clever. Enjoy it.

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  • 16-04-21

Listened to it in one day

I like to read a series in order. That said, this edition can be read as a stand alone and easily followed as the storyline does not require a background of the usual cast of characters. The editors synopsis sets the scene, no need to repeat it here. The elements of the crime story move quickly, the focus is on the who is the killer, lots of red herrings, but fair. Truly entertaining!

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  • Drake T
  • 21-05-21

First rate whodunit.

This story has many wonderful twists and turns, and the narration is excellent. Kept me engaged throughout.

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  • 16-05-21

Disappointed!

This was the least Favorite of the series. It’s hard for me to put a finger on exactly why it disappointed me

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  • 19-04-21

Crazy Great - Just About Perfect

I could not stop listening. Incredibly rich, twisty murder mystery/espionage/revenge plot. Colorful characters. Great writing. Never saw the end coming. One of the best books in a superb series. It could easily stand alone if you have not listened to/ read any of the others. Narrator is first rate too.

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  • S. McCart
  • 02-05-21

Didn't see the end coming

Not bad. Steers you in a direction and then turns left. Narration is good 👍

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  • Bethany
  • 25-04-21

twisty journey

I always enjoy both this author and the narrator and this book is no exception. This title can be appreciated as a stand alone but previous titles provide the character backgrounds along with good stories.

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  • Ann
  • 21-04-21

QUITE ENTERTAINING

Entertaining story with interesting characters and a satisfactory conclusion. Excellent narration, as usual, by York.

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  • Wendy Ruth
  • 25-04-22

Clever

A good solid entry in this series. Have gotten a bit tired of the “pressure from above” to solve the case as a prime motivator for the DCI and team instead of the pursuit of justice. Story is engaging and well plotted. Few stumbles though there are some. Who “done it” versus how “done it” drives this entertaining police procedural.

Narrator in this series is excellent.

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  • Karen Kelly
  • 19-08-21

Many layered

I absolutely love the narrator . He gives life and personality to all of the characters .
The story was interesting and kept me listening.
I adore audio books and have since the tape cassette days. I also love literary mysteries of all sorts.
This series just gets better and better. I put off listening to it because It did not catch my attention right away I have many authors that I buy their series as soon as published. But this one was funny clever poignant

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  • Rachel
  • 15-08-21

Good story, bad narration

Love this series and the characters. This particular story was very interesting with good twists and turns. However, this narrator CANNOT do female voices - they sound like whiny muppets in every book! It’s impossible to then picture any female characters as competent or appealing in any way. The male characters sound great, so do better!