In Winter's Exile the Mystery Man is exiled to the country to recover and recuperate from his injuries. Inevitably, there is no escaping the war. When the son of the local Squire is found dying within hours of a German bomber crashing in a nearby field Guy Winter is suddenly back in his element. However, what initially looks to be a an open and shut, tame whodunit, soon takes on new and sinister proportions as the Mystery Man finds himself in the middle of what seems like a long-running family feud in a rural backwater that, despite appearances, is anything but divorced from the brutal realities of the war.
©2015 James P. Coldham (P)2017 James P. Coldham
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4 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 22-05-17

Winter in The Countryside

What made the experience of listening to Winter's Exile the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the continuing story of Guy his family and aquanticed with the backdrop of wartime Uk and all that meant for communities and individuals. I enjoyed being out in the sticks with the squire and all that. It I did miss the atmosphere of being in London. So many wartime stories are set in London that it feels like a personality in its own right.

What does Melanie Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Melanie is a very classy narrator and is very well suited to this series. She purrs along like a Rolls Royce but can easily bring in deep emotion and passion. I listen to books because Melanie is the narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I wanted to savour it rather than binge.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 07-05-17

Great series- a firm favourite.

What did you like best about this story?

What I enjoyed most about this story was that we got to see more Of Guy Winters as the family man and not just the Mystery Man. I feel that he has grown as a character and for me he is much more likeable in this book.

I enjoyed the role his daughter played in this story. She played a key role in the investigations and kept a cool head in difficult situations.
Her involvement marks a shift in the way women have typically contributed to Guy Winter's investigations. Up to this point women within Guy's world have chiefly been useful for sex. Their role amounted to reporting back intelligence gleaned from pillow talk with the men they had been sent out to spy on.

I love historical fiction and the fact that this series is set during the second World War makes it much more interesting. It is the perfect backdrop for the spying game and an endless source of suspense and intrigue.

Have you listened to any of Melanie Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to the series so far and the narration is consistently excellent. I know what to expect when I see Melanie's name on a production and I wouldn't hesitate to make a purchase safe in the knowledge that her narration is not going to disappoint.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would have listened to this book in one sitting if I had been able to. It is a story that I will go back and listen to again.

Any additional comments?

I was gifted a copy and I have voluntarily written a review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rayc on 18-12-17

Good wartime detective story

Book 3 is another classic detective story.
Guy Winters continues his work and tries to rebiuld his life, and others do their own thing in "service" of the state.
A good tale well written with strong well defined characters and a storyline that is believable and a page turner.
Narration is excellent -
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A top class listen or read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Terminator Fan on 07-09-17


Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I'm very late getting this review in, as I actually finished this months ago. :( Trying to get caught up on things now.

This entry in the Guy Winter series was an improvement over the first two. Not that I completely disliked the first two. WWII history is interesting to me, and this series takes place during that time. Also, it's a mystery/crime drama, which is another genre I like. And Melanie Fraser, the narrator does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life. But there were issues with the first two novels that kept me from marking it up as high as the marks for narrator performance (which I've already elaborated on in the previous reviews).

However, this book seems to have resolved some of those issues. I'm not sure if it's because of the change in setting, or if the author made changes to the writing that helped make it easier for a listener/reader to follow. Or ... maybe I'm just finally used to this series and the characters to the point that the previous issues don't matter anymore. Whatever it was, this particular book was easier to follow and I felt more engaged as a listener. I hope this trend continues because there's something about this series that keeps me coming back for more. :)


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