The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

  • by Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by Stephen Rashbrook
  • 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.


What the Critics Say

"Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance, and a deeply dysfunctional family...gripping." (Sunday Times)
"Astonishing...jaw-dropping...It would spoil the book if I revealed the whole works, suffice it to say...what a family." (Sunday Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great read. Great narration.

I have to admit to a strong partiality to Catherine Bailey's writing (I loved Black Diamonds) and this book didn't disappoint. Listening to this over the weekend of the Remembrance Sunday gave it added poignancy. The narrator was excellent! Great read!
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- Gale

It might be true but it isn't Gothic

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A historian might enjoy the book but there was no suspense and no real mystery. There wasn't really a hidden room or anything that was worth hiding.

Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Bailey again?


What about Stephen Rashbrook’s performance did you like?

Fine, he has a good voice and managed to read it without falling asleep.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

The very worst part of the book was (I assume) half an hour reading the names if every single man who died in WW1 who had been born in, lived in or even visited Leicester. I say assume because I managed 2 minutes then fast forwarded 28 minutes and it was still going on!!!! Well done to the reader. He must have been at his wits end by then.

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- Kathy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios