John Madden

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 102 ratings

River of Darkness Summary

In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

©1999 Rennie Airth (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • River of Darkness

    • By: Rennie Airth
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
    • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • River of Darkness

    • By Amazon Customer David Hand on 11-04-11

    Regular price: £29.59

    • River of Darkness

    • By: Rennie Airth
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    It is 1921 and a terrible discovery has been made at a manor house in Surrey - the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two of their staff. The victims have all been stabbed and the lack of disturbance in the house suggests that the attack was one of terrifying speed. The Surrey police force seem ready to put the murders down to robbery with violence, but Detective Inspector madden from Scotland Yard sees things slightly differently.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpected

    • By Alison Coombe on 01-10-16

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 2

    • The Blood-Dimmed Tide

    • By: Rennie Airth
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    It is 1932, and John Madden, former Scotland Yard inspector, is now a farmer in the peaceful Surrey countryside. However, his peace is shattered when he discovers the disfigured body of a young girl hidden in a wood and is convinced the killer has struck before.... When a second body is found, Madden knows there is a multiple killer at large. Allying himself with his old colleagues, and against the wishes of his anxious wife, he immerses himself in one more case.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing.

    • By Janet on 26-06-16

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 3

    • The Dead of Winter

    • By: Rennie Airth
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    During a blackout on the streets of London in late 1944, a young Polish land girl, Rosa Nowak, is suddenly and brutally killed. But the police, their resources already stretched by war regulations and the thriving black market, cannot find any reason why someone would want to murder an innocent refugee. For the former police inspector John Madden, the crime hits close to home. Rosa was working on his farm, and he feels personally responsible for not protecting her.

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 4

    • The Reckoning

    • By: Rennie Airth
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    World War Two has ended, but the peace is threatened when a shocking murder takes place in the Sussex countryside. Before long, police discover a link to another killing hundreds of miles away.... Scotland Yard detective Billy Styles is on the case, but a strange twist of fate brings former DI John Madden into the investigations. As the victim count rises, it becomes clear that to catch this serial killer they must act quickly.

    Regular price: £21.39

  • Book 5

    • The Death of Kings

    • Inspector Madden, Book 5
    • By: Rennie Airth
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    1949. An unsigned letter arrives on the desk of Chief Inspector Derry of the Canterbury police. Enclosed is a jade pendant, identical to the one that went missing from the body of an actress murdered a decade previously. The case had been shut quickly at the time - the accused vagrant gave a written confession and was sentenced to the gallows - but the necklace was never recovered. Until now. Inspector Madden is asked to investigate the letter's worrying claims by his old friend....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top class.

    • By Ms Angela Boosey on 31-07-18

    Regular price: £22.09