A World Full of Weeping

  • by Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An invitation to stay with childhood friends seems an excellent idea to aid Helena's recovery after her cancer treatment. Helena grew up with the Hickmans and had spent many happy holidays with them. The fact that they live in a castle surrounded by forest makes it an even more perfect spot to recuperate.But when a man is found burned to death in a car, the apparently irrelevant though horrific incident creates unexpected disturbances. Helena and Eisenmenger, caught in the middle of it all, cannot understand why. But the unpleasantness grows and worse is to come, for secrets are unearthed that concern not only the Hickmans, but also Helena and her past.

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What the Critics Say

"A dark, densely imagined world in the demanding tradition of P. D. James." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Forensic Pathologist in a British Crime Story

Fleming, are on their way to visit child hood friends of Helena's at their 18th century house built in the shape of a castle.

There's a lot of backstory in this case involving the death of Helena's parents some eight years before, the relationship between Helena and the now grown children of the Hickmans. This wasn't a problem. The author managed to include the information in a way that allowed me to catch up and understand what was going on there.

However,the emotional and professional connections between the detectives investigating the death of the man in the car and the subsequent deaths wasn't really all that interesting.In fact another reviewer described it as a soap opera and I concur. I began to wish that the police would spend a little less time lusting after one another and more time investigating. I also have to say that I think the author is uncomfortable when it comes to writing sex scenes.

At one point I was about ready to give up on this one. However, I stuck it out and it did improve enough that I stayed with it to the end. The professionals in this book, none of the professionals except Dr. Eisenmenger, behave very professionally. Luckily for the mystery some are competent.

Narratation is good. There was a couple of points where a sentence or so was repeated. I don't know if it was something the author did stylistically or an error in the editing, but it wasn't very annoying.

Without a doubt would listen to another book read by Sean Barret.
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- Sires "I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy."

Concise, well-written author; beautiful narrator!

I am now on my 5th Keith McCarthy novel in this "mystery" series. He is truly a wonderful writer - witty, concise, and compelling. The reader, Sean Barrett, is completely convincing as every character he reads!
The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because the endings of McCarthy's novels tend to be wrapped up too quickly, and come to a final head a bit too quickly.
Even with this, though, I love these books!
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- Dottie B. "Dotdumdum"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2008
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books