• A Game of Fear

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (487 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this newest installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is faced with his most perplexing case yet: a murder with no body, and a killer who can only be a ghost.

Spring, 1921. Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Rutledge to the sea-battered village of Walmer on the coast of Essex, where amongst the salt flats and a military airfield lies Benton Abbey, a grand manor with a storied past. The lady of the house may prove his most bewildering witness yet. She claims she saw a violent murder—but there is no body, no blood. She also insists she recognized the killer: Captain Nelson. Only it could not have been Nelson because he died during the war.

Everyone in the village believes that Lady Benton’s losses have turned her mind—she is, after all, a grieving widow and mother—but the woman Rutledge interviews is rational and self-possessed. And then there is Captain Nelson: what really happened to him in the war? The more Rutledge delves into this baffling case, the more suspicious tragedies he uncovers. The Abbey and the airfield hold their secrets tightly. Until Rutledge arrives, and a new trail of death follows.… 

©2022 Charles Todd (P)2022 HarperAudio

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Excellent murder mystery story telling

Rutlidge is back doing what he does best, feretting out the secrets of the small English villagers. The story weaves two timelines and blends both into a beautifully woven plot and solution that even I didn't see coming, and that's saying something. The writing is superb, proving that it doesn't have to be all swearing and fast car chases to keep an audience, just a good story skillfully told. The narration is excellent. I have several of Todd's other books but this has reminded me how much I liked them, and I'm going to get some more now.

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I miss Simon Prebble.

Simon Vance intones and paces every character's voice in the same way. I keep being reminded of Charles Todd's A Fatal Lie, which Vance also narrated. It's very distracting.

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Right up there with the best from Charles Todd

This book is dedicated to Caroline Todd, the mother of the mother-son team that is Charles Todd. I’m very sorry to hear it, and I thank them both for many hours of intriguing reading and listening. It was the Ian Rutledge books that first gave me a feeling for what the British endured in WWI, and it continues through this recent installment.

The plot and background are wholly satisfying, and the conclusion follows logically, which is much appreciated, and is not always found in the genre.

I do hope Charles Todd continues in this fine tradition.

(I gave the narration 5 stars, because Mr. Vance’s tendency to over-dramatize the story was somewhat dampened, and not very noticeable after a while.)

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Another great addition to this series

Simon Vance is wonderful, as always. Interesting crime, so much more creativity than the typical thriller formula seen in too many current series. Looking forward to the next book, as with others sorry to learn of Carolines death, I had read about it, but the opening was a nice touch.

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Could not finished

Narrator ruined story for me to the point I could not finish it but make your own judgement

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Worth the wait and over too soon.

Ian Rutledge, as portrayed by Simon Vance, is irresistible. I am so glad I found this series a couple of years ago. It never disappoints. The settings beckon, the mystery is always quite intriguing but most of all there is Ian, a tortured soul holding on by a thread. And yet, the hope of a better future glimmers once in a while. I’m keeping my hopes up too for more in spite of the great loss to the writing team.

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beautiful

so sorry to hear of Caroline's death. I loved all the books in the series and can't wait for the next one ❤️

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Stopped Listening

I seriously tried to continue the series. I miss Simon Prebble. I miss the series however can not get into the book with the new narrator.

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Simply Fantastic!!!!!

This is at least one of Mr. Todd’s best of the series… if not THE best. The trip to France and what was gleaned there was kind of lost on me and probably a second read of the book would clear that up. But the the interconnection of so many characters close to the end and the final resolution come across perfectly. And the unexpected twist at the end will no doubt result in another great story!… and on a sad note, I did not know until I started the book that Carolyn Todd had died. The idea of a mother and son writing duo had always appealed to me, and I was saddened to hear of her death.

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Bring Simon Prebble Back

Simon Vance is a great narrator of Scandinavian Noir, but Simon Prebble is Ian Rutledge.. period

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  • Jacqui
  • 04-24-22

Brilliant as ever

Very enjoyable with all the usual twists and turns. Narrated beautifully, but where Simon Prebble. His voice has become synonymous withIan and Hamish!

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 02-02-22

A favourite series

This is a favourite series but I think has lost a bit of its shine. Now he is well past the war the protagonist has lost his delights.
Even so it’s still a great story.