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.

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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

Fascinating family mystery/history

I really enjoyed this book - it has intrigue, a love story, tragedy and history. Beautifully narrated at a good pace.

The only reason I haven't given it 5 is because at times it could be long-winded and there was repetition, which confused me!

I think I preferred Black Diamonds.
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- Loz

Book Details

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