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The Murder Stone

Written by: Charles Todd
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"A stunner, exquisitely plotted and characterized, with Todd’s trademark meticulous backdrop of World War I-era England.” (Strand Magazine)

The Great War is still raging when Francesca Hatton’s adored grandfather dies on his estate in England’s isolated Exe Valley. She is his sole heir, for her five cousins are dead now on the battlefields of France. Among his effects, Francesca is stunned to find a letter cursing the Hattons. And at the funeral, a stranger publicly accuses Hatton of murder. Who was her grandfather? The kind man who raised her - or a secretive killer? For in the back garden where she and her cousins once played, there is a white stone they always called the Murder Stone. 

Alone, with no one to help her, Francesca is determined to clear Hatton’s good name. But when a series of ominous “accidents” occur, she realizes that in her pursuit of the truth, she has crossed the path of someone who won’t be satisfied until all the Hattons are dead. 

Praise for The Murder Stone

“Seamless...a compelling insight into the home front during 1916.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A gripping novel of family secrets set against the tragedy of World War I.” (Mystery Lovers Bookshop News)

“Many twists and turns, angst-ridden characters, and an evocative historical setting. A gripping read.” (Library Journal)

©2003 Charles Todd (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Charlotte Araki
  • 2020-02-13

Loved it

l have enjoyed all of Charles Todd's works but this is my favorite so far. Enough twists and turns to keep one guessing and interesting and likeable characters. The narrator Emogen Church is extremely talented with a gift for voices. A must listen.

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  • anjjo
  • 2020-02-18

Good, but too much inner thought

I enjoyed the story and the plot, which had many twists and turns. There was too much anguished introspection, which I found repetitive and irritating. It also caused the story to lag and the introspection frequently interrupted the action.

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  • Lemuel G.
  • 2020-02-17

Great new character!

This book was wonderfully tense and the secrets were revealed at a perfect pace. Not all was resolved, which is the best!