A Bespoke Murder : Home Front Detective

  • by Edward Marston
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • Series: Home Front Detective
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

May 1915. With thousands of Britons fighting in the trenches, a severely depleted police force remains behind to keep the Home Front safe. Scotland Yard is already overstretched when the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots and arson attacks.
Among the victims is the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop. Initially Jacob’s killing appears to be the tragic excess of wartime hysteria – but when it transpires that Jacob had been stabbed, his safe ransacked, and his daughter Ruth raped, the possibility that these assaults were long-premeditated crimes becomes unavoidable.
Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy must take on this case of cover-ups and contradictions and track down Jacob’s killer and Ruth’s assailants.

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Customer Reviews

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Even better than the Railway Detective!

I have enjoyed every minute of this recording; the story was interesting, the characters engaging and the narration very well performed. Can't wait to hear the sequel.
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Entertaining listen

Where does A Bespoke Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A good story, interesting but not gripping.


What did you like best about this story?

The characters are believable and engaging. The story unfolded steadily but with some twists and turns.
The portrayal of the young woman who was raped is sensitive and empathetic.


Any additional comments?

Generally the historical context is convincing, but a few times the characters say things which seem anachronistic (I am being rather fussy here - I do read quite a bit of fiction written in the early twentieth century so I noticed some things which jarred with me.)
Also, I was surprised at so many people having cars - surely that was a real rarity in 1916?
That fussiness apart, it was a good story well told.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2013
  • Publisher: Soundings