: Mystery and Suspense
: Other quality
........ 48kbps/44kHz Mono CBR Fhg | 6 hrs 18 mins | 130 MB | Unabridged ........ Original print release date: 2002 | Narrator: Alistair Petrie | Source: CD
As true murder mysteries go, this has to be one of the best ever written. It's an old, old story, re-told through the years by some of the big names in crime writing, including Agatha Christie. And it's not hard to see why: when the odious Charles Bravo collapsed with poisoned intestines one night in 1876 the list of suspects for his murder was one of the most compelling ever assembled. Was it Charles's wife, the beautiful and sexy Florence? Was it their housekeeper, the secretive Mrs Cox? Was it Florence's ex-lover, the high society doctor, James Gully? Was it the coachman, disgruntled at being sacked by Bravo? Or was it actually the victim himself, committing suicide for some indiscernible reason? The riddle has fascinated writers and armchair detectives for more than a century, and produced a plethora of books and TV programmes. Ruddick's book is divided into two halves: a riveting re-telling of the old story, with all its twists and turns, enlivened by some amusing social commentary. Then a gripping modern investigation to track down the real killer. Ruddick has gone to a lot of trouble, too: travelling to the west indies, Australia, the US, in search of the families of those originally suspected of murder. And his travels have not been fruitless. In Jamaica he uncovers a highly revealing document which effectively solves this murder mystery. At the end of the book the missing pieces of the jigsaw are slotted neatly into place and we have a final, convincing denouement. Ruddick writes well, too. His style echoes the best of modern crime writing coupled with a journalist's sense of unremitting persistence. He brings his characters and their strange situations to life in a way that puts his book up amongst the writing of Elizabeth George and PD James. The definitive answer to a fascinating riddle; and a literary classic to boot. (pmorgan67)
"I started this book late one evening intending to read just the first chapter. At 2am I was still turning the pages. What a read! Ruddick brilliantly weaves all sorts of issues about Victorian society and it's dark repressions into the text of a great thriller.
It's a true crime story that grabs you by the throat and stays with you long after you've finished it" - Toria Maybey [Amazon]
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