Winter's Pearl - Prologue to the Guy Winter Mysteries Series is a novella which sets the scene for the first full length Guy Winter mystery, entitled Winter's War.
Winter's Pearl is set in London in the first months of the Second World War during the period of the so-called 'Phoney War'.
It draws us into the complex world of Scotland Yard's most famous detective Guy Winter; the Mystery Man. So named because no other living detective has ever solved as many mysteries as Winter of the Yard. However, the great detective's fame and triumphs have come at a high cost.
Just when we think we've discovered our hero at his all-time low, it gets worse and it doesn't ever look like it is going to get better. Who needs enemies when your friends are on somebody else's side?
©2014 James P. Coldham writing as James Philip (P)2016 James P. Coldham writing as James Philip
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4 out of 5 stars
By Zena on 09-07-17

Good introduction

This is the prologue by James Philip, the author, and it sets the basis for us to understand Guy Winter and his life and the people he lived and worked with and who helped make him the person and great investigator that he was in this series.
It is well written and reads easily, giving the facts and descriptions necessary to whet my appetite and make me want more.
I listened to the audiobook version and have nothing but praise for the narrator, Melanie Fraser whose use of her very versatile voice helped make this an interesting and entertaining listen.
I received a free audiobook from the Narrator, and this is my unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 06-06-16

A great introduction to the series.

What about Melanie Fraser’s performance did you like?

I thought that Melanie Fraser's accent reflected the time period of the story very well and her voice really suited the elevated status of the characters and the establishment they were working for.

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For a short story there were a lot of characters to keep track of and I had to pay good attention to what their role was and their relationship to each other. However I enjoyed the story a lot. I really love mysteries and I thought that this was a great introduction to the main character, Guy Winters, and left me wanting to read the next books in the series.I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie F. on 06-09-16

Nice introduction to the series

I liked this book. I wish I had read this one before I had read the first "official" book of the series, since this one really help set the scene and explained a lot of what happened in the background of book #1 (Winter's War). This book takes place during the beginning of WWII, and its interesting to see how prostitutes, or "Pearls", were used to gather information by the British Intelligence. I listened to the Audible audio book narrated by Malanie Fraser, and she did a great job. I really liked that she has a lower or mid-range voice for a female narrator, and she has great character differentiation. She speaks very clearly and uses good pacing. I think she was a great pick for the narration of this book. Overall, if you like stories about WWII or British spies, I think this would be a great introduction to a series containing these elements.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Claude P. Foster on 24-07-16

A Short Glimpse at the Phony War

Winter's Pearl is a short prologue to James Philip’s Guy Winter Mystery series. It’s set during the opening days of WWII during the period known as the “phony war.” Several characters are introduced, points of conflict between them are established and we’re given an opening mystery to wet our appetites. Based on the prologue, Philip’s is going to give us a look inside British intelligence and police services during the war. It promises to be most interesting.

I received this as a free Audible download in return for an honest review. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, was excellent.

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