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Having read/listened to other Tom Harper books, I thought I knew what sort of adventure Secrets of the Dead might have in store for me. Sadly, it wasn't to be. In the others, there was an air of mystery as to whom the character (not present day) was, and why and how their tale was connected. Secrets of the Dead swung that mystery around the other way, leaving you wondering just how the present day was involved with the well-defined past. The fuzziness of the present day jarred with the crispness of the past. Our present day characters seemed to lurch around, struggling with what would turn out to be a lame adventure story. And the past - well explained, uneventful, and disappointing.
Francis Greenslade has a somewhat monotone voice, which had never bothered me before, even enhancing The Lazarus Vault, but here I felt it added to the general feeling of slowness; of dragging the story around like an ancient ball and chain. It sounded weary, it felt weary, and I'm sorry to say, I just lost interest.