Stratton's War

  • by Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett, Anna Bentinck
  • 16 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of CID is not convinced. As he starts asking questions, it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. When Stratton's path crosses with MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, they uncover a criminal network and a secretive pro-Fascist organisation.
It soon becomes clear that the intrigues of the Secret Service are alarmingly similar to the machinations of war-torn London's underworld.


What the Critics Say

"A compelling and wonderfully atmospheric murder mystery deftly woven into Blitz-era London." (Robert Goddard)
"Wilson's seventh novel is atmospheric and exciting." ( Observer)
"A gritty work of imagination that has the ache and authenticity of the real thing." ( Literary Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A surprising gem of a story

I Really did like this book, the narration moves from the male to the female character with elegance and the story is believable with each character well set for his station and time and I must add, intelligent. Even the ending was realistic. So many stories forget there provenance by trying to end with a big boom! And some of the best just don’t. They end when the story is over. Well done, I will be looking for this author again!
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- Joseph

Good Book, Just lacked That Something Special.

This crime novel is set in London at the beginning of the second World War. The story is told from the point of view of two people, an experienced police inspector and a young woman just recruited into M I 5. The plot is complex and the story is tightly plotted, author Laura Wilson does a fine job of recreating the feel of the capital, as it comes to terms with the imminent German bombing campaign. You get a real sense of how the gritty residents of London coped during the blitz. However the book does have a few small issues, many fine young women were recruited into the security services at this time and history shows us what a crucial role they played. From code breaking to risking their lives in France as part of the Special Operations Executive. My issue is that the main female character is so naive and gullible, would such a weak character have been recruited ?. I believe the author does a disservice to the brave young women who served with such distinction. That said, this story of murder, politics and national security is a fine book and may well work better when read as a paperback or as an ebook.
As an audiobook it has a problem, the use of two narrators. Both Sean Barrett and Anna Bentinck are first class narrators, but in this case two narrators makes the story feel somewhat disjointed. I felt the book worked much better when the two stories merged and the voice of Sean Barrett was used more frequently.
Having voiced my small issues with this novel, I did enjoy it and I have already purchased the second book in the series.

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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-08-2008
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books