• The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rashbrook
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (109 ratings)


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.
©2012 Catherine Bailey (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic reviews

"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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Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Gale on 11-11-12

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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Loz on 23-12-12

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By EJJ on 13-06-13

Well Worth A Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A riveting book. I am not entirely certain that I agree with all of the author's conclusions, but she has done a fabulous job of detective work (a major part of the story), and this is particularly fascinating for anyone who is familiar with the era or the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No one comes out looking very admirable.

Which scene was your favorite?

The boxes of old letters the duke did not manage to destroy.

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


Any additional comments?

Excellent and absorbing.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Linda Lou on 30-05-15


Without spoiling the end, this is not much of a mystery. Nor is the underlying subject of any real interest. The author takes a small kernel in the lives of a family and tries to make it into a full-length book. She would have done better to have written a fictional novel based loosely on a true story. This is a hot mess of minutiae and repetition mixed with a large dose of speculation. I can't understand why anyone would put this much time in researching absolutely nothing! The narrator reads like he is really building up to a great surprise ending. Since nothing was happening hour after hour, he put me to sleep quicker than Ambien! The minor trivia learned in this book would fit in a Snapple Tea bottle cap!

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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