The Cryptic Lines

  • by Richard Storry
  • Narrated by Jake Urry
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred's will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears....

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The Cryptic Lines

Who was your favorite character and why?


This book will keep you guessing all the way through with mind boggling twists, and a brilliant ending.


What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

He was the best narrator with this genre


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- med c

Twists, turns and unexpected results

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cryptic Lines to be better than the print version?

I haven't seen the printed version, but I'm finding audio editions to be rather delightful.


What did you like best about this story?

The descent into the crypt was nail-biting, and the reveals at the end were not as I had expected.


Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

James the butler was for me the best character. The voice performance was as I would expect this type of servant to sound.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The reveals at the end of the book left me shocked and very happy for the hero. Just desserts and all that.


Any additional comments?

Absorbing book with lots of colour and twisting plot turns kept me engaged all the way through. Very interesting characters, perfectly voiced by Jake Urry. Highly recommended.

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- Devilish Accord

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-03-2016
  • Publisher: Richard Alan Storry