• The Black Widow

  • By: Linda Calvey
  • Narrated by: Linda Calvey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you think you know everything about the East End's toughest gangsters, think again. Meet Linda Calvey, a.k.a. the Black Widow. 

Growing up in the East End of London, Linda falls in with local gangsters including the Krays, Freddie Foreman and Ronnie Cook. When the love of her life, Mickey Calvey, is gunned down on a job gone wrong, Linda resolves to carry on his work. But in 1990, after years of living in fear of her lover Ronnie Cook, Linda finds herself accused of his murder in a trial that shocks the nation. Still, Linda sticks to her code of honour, refusing to confess. Until now.... After 18 years behind bars alongside notorious names including Rose West and Myra Hindley, she is released. This is the final truth about her life and what happened the day Ronnie Cook was murdered. 

©2019 Melanie and Neil Calvey (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“'What a fantastic read, but not for the faint-hearted!'” (Martina Cole)

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Snapshot into an unimagined life...

Fascinating book. Linda Calvey certainly lived a very unconventional life. Often drawn to her, often repelled its such an interesting walk through the type of life that is more familiar in fiction. Linda was a fabulous narrator and writer. Really a worthwhile listen!

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Interesting

Linda Calvey is brave and interesting. She generously shares her life story. I highly recommend this book, it is clever without being gory or too graphic.

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  • Denise Rhodes
  • 02-25-20

fantastic read!!!

Absolutely loved this book. Good luck for your future Linda I wish you all the best.

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  • Pookies friend
  • 10-02-20

Very interesting and insightful true story

This was an interesting insight into a life story and good to know that Linda has decided to turn her life around. It was clearly written with feeling and passion.

Mixed feelings about the narration, having the London /Essex accent and occasional chuckle when a memory was read was touching, but sadly I did find that there were a number of duplicates sentences as well the use of “darling” repeatedly and a number of incorrect pauses were quite irritating at times and sadly deflected from the book- which was a shame.- but considering the narrator was the writer not a professional narrator- I imagine it’s to be expected.

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  • EJ
  • 11-11-20

Disappointed

Sadly gave up around Chapter 5.
I'm sure the story would have got a bit more interesting as it went on, but it was very 'samey', and I am afraid to say, read quite poorly, with pauses in the narrative which spoiled the flow of the story.
Pity....

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  • mary
  • 06-18-20

Hard to listen to

Sorry but would have preferred someone else to read it as it felt rather flat

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  • bevledwards
  • 02-15-20

Great at Robbing Banks - narration not so much

She maybe great at robbing banks but narration is not one of Linda Calveys strengths. I did really enjoy the story but the monotonous narration was a definite negative. However don’t let that put you off listening, I managed to get to the end by increasing the speed to x1.25.

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  • Anthony O'Donnell
  • 08-23-22

had to stop it

I had to turn it off. she is painfull to listen to. Needs a proper narrator.

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  • Ruth Playle
  • 08-09-22

Very Good story

Loved the story, couldn't put it down but the narration was terrible. Very interesting read.

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  • Vicky
  • 06-13-22

Absolutely fascinating story of the black widow

I really enjoyed this story .... unfortunately the comments about the narration are true I found it a bit wooden and I've heard Linda on a recent podcast and she was more animated and more natural .... still it was a good listen .... stick to armed robbery LC 😁and I love the fact you clumped Myra Hindley so all is forgiven xxxxx

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  • Isaac Mereku
  • 06-08-22

Insightful

I saw Linda on Lads bible and when she mentioned that she wrote a book after telling her story, I wasted no time.

Definitely a rare and unique story. How it unfolds is unpredictable and it's surprising that she actually experienced this.

Wouldn't be surprised if this turns into a film.

Definitely an eye opener into how life was in the East End, the challenges of prison life and the reality of a life of crime.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-22

First novel

finished it in 2 days says it all an amazing read & highly recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-20

Fascinating insight

A fascinating insight into the life of a wife and mother involved with London’s underworld either by choice or accident. This book is well told and fast paced. The black widow would be an interesting person to meet.