The Secret of Chimneys Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.
As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret....
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 03, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #39,984 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#331 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,587 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,919 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books)
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Definitely read this book. Will keep your attention to the end. Am going to keep it and may order paperback so I can keep a hardcopy to reread.
Supposedly there are other books with the inspector as the main character. Will try to find them.
Please read for it won’t disappoint
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It features neither Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple (although the recent television adaptation did recast it as one of Miss Marple’s cases), and it isn’t even a true whodunit, being instead a simple thriller, straight out of the John Buchan mould. Certainly all the key ingredients of a boisterous story are there – stolen jewels, beautiful but mysterious women, a stately home and quasi-Balkan intrigue (it was, after all, written just a few years after the end of the First World War when the map of Europe had been redrawn under the auspices of Versailles, and newly-minted states were strewn across the continent) and a handsome, intelligent and boundlessly gallant hero thrown in. Sadly, other clichés of the 1920s shocker are also to the fore, and the book is shot through with casual anti-Semitism manifested through a succession of throwaway remarks from most of the characters.
The story does rattle along, and I could see why I enjoyed it so much at the age of thirteen. Forty years on I found it rather irritating. None of the characters displayed any vestige of realism. Of course, one doesn’t read Agatha Christie for her gritty verisimilitude, but this book also lacked her lightness of touch with regard both to characters and plot. It was one of her ealier books, and she was clearly still getting to grips with the genre.