Winter at Death's Hotel

  • by Kenneth Cameron
  • Narrated by Jane McDowell
  • 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York, January 1896: Arthur Conan Doyle, the renowned creator of Sherlock Holmes, arrives at the Britannic Hotel with his wife, Louisa, ready to begin his first American tour. While he prepares his lectures, Louisa becomes mesmerised by this brash, vibrant, dangerous city, especially when a woman's brutally butchered corpse is found in a Bowery alley and Louisa is convinced from the artist's sketch in the paper that she'd seen the victim at the hotel.
Arthur is patronisingly sceptical about her womanly "fantasies" but when she sprains her ankle and is forced to remain at the hotel while Arthur goes on tour, Louisa cannot resist pursuing her intuitions. And when more bodies start appearing, she's convinced that she holds the key to the killings. With the help of the hotel's hard-bitten detective and an ambitious female news reporter, Louisa starts to piece together a story of madness, murder, and depravity - a story that leads inexorably back to the hotel itself, the strange story of its unique construction, and a madman who is watching her every move.
Read by Jane McDowell. Jane McDowell's work spans theatre, film, television and radio. Screen work includes a leading role in the award winning British feature film Twelve In A Box, major roles in several Bollywood films, numerous short films, and the BBC dramas Dustbin Baby and Daughters. She has recorded plays and poetry readings for BBC radio, works regularly for BBC Audio Books and Calibre Audio Library and for Interact, a company of actors who read to stroke patients in London hospital. Jane holds an MA in Performance Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama. She lives in London with her daughter Antonia.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

really good book

I read the previous review and I now know what the reviewer meant. The narration is good, nothing annoying about the voice, good character delineation, etc. For some reason though there are quite long gaps in the recording and this is why I presume, the previous review said it was a bit slow. I really liked this story it was well paced despite the recording faults. A perfect Victorian murder mystery.
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- knittyboot

Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Have to agree with previous poor reviews - story had potential but too rambling. Filthy language, mostly gratuitous, and bewildering amount of Louisa's sexual thoughts added nothing to story.


Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

The narration was adequate, good try at many accents, not always consistent! Lengthy pauses unnecessary.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I chose the book because I really liked the idea of reading about ACD's wife investigating! Great idea, fair plot (though gory and sexual) but ultimately disappointing. Am struggling to finish.


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- Liz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-12-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited