The Diggers Rest Hotel : Charlie Berlin

  • by Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by Peter Byrne
  • Series: Charlie Berlin
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people. When Berlin travels to Albury-Wodonga to track down the gang behind the robberies, he suspects he's a problem cop being set up to fail.
Taking a room at the Diggers Rest Hotel in Wodonga, he sets about solving a case that no one else can - with the help of feisty, ambitious journalist Rebecca Green and rookie constable Rob Roberts, the only cop in town he can trust. Then the decapitated body of a young girl turns up in a back alley, and Berlin's investigations lead him ever further through layers of small-town fears, secrets and despair.The first Charlie Berlin mystery takes us into a world of secret alliances and loyalties - and a society dealing with the effects of a war that changed men forever.

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Audible Editor Reviews

After World War II, young police detective Charlie Berlin fights off post-traumatic stress disorder. While on a murder investigation, he stops at the Diggers Rest Hotel. The body of a young girl appears in the back alley, and Berlin must tear apart this small-town world to get to the bottom of this heinous crime. Australian actor Peter Byrne embodies this tough but self-doubting detective. His serious tone suits postwar Australian themes. Fans of this engaging audiobook will be glad to know that it is the first of the Charlie Berlin mysteries.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This dreasdful narrator ruined a good story!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Diggers Rest Hotel to be better than the print version?

NOT AT ALL, bring back Peter Hoskings! It is painful to listen to - like he is reading a shopping list. Had to stop and read actual book, ruined it for us.


What did you like best about this story?

Character is great, facts about Melbourne back then.


How could the performance have been better?

Just find someone who has a better reading voice. Someone who cares. Peter Hoskings!


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure


Any additional comments?

Great story.

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- Ian W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-11-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd