The Cryptic Lines

  • by Richard Storry
  • Narrated by Jake Urry
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred's will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears....

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This was an all-around solid, enjoyable audiobook

Wealthy Lord Alfred Willoughby is worried about what will happen to his estate when he dies. Strictly speaking, his son Matthew should inherit the fortune. But the boy has become a reckless squanderer. Quite cunningly, Lord Alfred decides to teach Matthew the value of gaining something through effort and perseverance. He devises a kind of treasure hunt and to make it even more enticing he involves another totally unassuming competitor in the pursuit of the fortune.Set in an expansive, traditional manor house in Britain, Richard Storry skillfully created the fitting atmosphere and provided vivid descriptions for this charming cozy mystery. The plot becomes far more complex than you would initially expect, and there were some great twists and turns with some revelations at the end that were totally unexpected. The premise is a bit different from the usual murder mysteries and was a lovely change. With its subtle humor and well-written prose, it was an immensely enjoyable and engaging listen.

Set in an expansive, traditional manor house in Britain, Richard Storry skillfully created the fitting atmosphere and provided vivid descriptions for this charming cozy mystery. The plot becomes far more complex than you would initially expect, and there were some great twists and turns with some revelations at the end that were totally unexpected. The premise is a bit different from the usual murder mysteries and was a lovely change. With its subtle humor and well-written prose, it was an immensely enjoyable and engaging listen.

Jake Urry proved to be exactly the right narrator for this story. His rhythm and pacing followed the plot appropriately, switching to a wonderfully ominous tone in the right places. James, the butler, was my favorite character in this story and Jake portrayed him brilliantly, exactly as you would imagine a traditional British butler. He also managed to perform the voices of two elderly female characters with a believable, fitting pitch. There were no issues with the quality of the production at all.

This was an all-around solid, enjoyable audiobook that I would highly recommend to anybody who likes cozy mysteries, British mysteries, mysteries without the standard hunt for murderers. Great entertainment!

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Great Book – Mystery in a Billionaire Mansion

This was a really enjoyable book, and was just the right length for the story. It reminded me a little of the Robert Langdon Books by Dan Brown. There were all kinds of complex puzzles and clues that left paths of messages and more clues. The author didn’t give quite as complex and detailed of a backstory as Brown, but it was still a very well written story.

The main character is a solicitor (lawyer) who is responsible for the will of a billionaire businessman. After visiting him on a rainy night, the old man dies right after changing his will rather dramatically. The old man’s estranged and disreputable son arrives shortly after his death.

A film left behind by the billionaire states how he is disappointed and ashamed of his son and that he has created a contest for his son and his long-time loyal solicitor. He gives them hints to where an old piece of jewelry is hidden on the vast property. With the item are instructions for transferring all of his assets into the winner’s name. However, the contest ends in only a few weeks, and if it is not found by then it all be donated to charities. With time running out the solicitor and the son join forces to solve the puzzle and split the vast fortune.

However, all may not be as it seems on the sprawling grounds of the mansion. There are many more secrets than the location of a billionaire’s treasure to be known, and far more truths to discover.

This book was just the right length and was a very good listen. I listened to the entire book in one day. Great mystery and suspense. There are several twists that the reader doesn’t see coming, especially at the very end. The narration on this book was also very good. 5 stars!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2016
  • Publisher: Richard Alan Storry