The Scandal At Bletchley (Hilary Manningham-Butler Book 1) : Hilary Manningham-Butler

  • by Jack Treby
  • Narrated by Jack Treby
  • Series: Hilary Manningham-Butler
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I've been a scoundrel, a thief, a blackmailer, and a whore, but never a murderer. Until now...."
The year is 1929. As the world teeters on the brink of a global recession, Bletchley Park plays host to a rather special event. MI5 is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and a select band of former and current employees are gathering for a weekend of music, dance, and heavy drinking. Among them is Sir Hilary Manningham Butler, a middle-aged woman whose entire adult life has been spent masquerading as a man. She doesn't know why she has been invited - it has been many years since she left the secret service - but it is clear she is not the only one with things to hide. And when one of the other guests threatens to expose her secret, the consequences could prove disastrous for everyone.

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Awesome story tho not about Bletchley!

Would you listen to The Scandal at Bletchley again? Why?

I'm a history buff-I love to learn about little-known war stories. Bletchley Park is a building in the UK where Allies (WW2) deciphered Axis' militaryt codes. Though this story is fun and involves a scandal, it has nothing to do with miltary. It is a fun wicked story though.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scandal at Bletchley?

My favorite part of the story was the party where the murders occur. There are several characters and twists and turns, and the way in which Sir Hillary's "secret" is revealed.


What does Jack Treby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Jack Treby was fantastic. I could listen to him all day long.


Any additional comments?

I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review via Audible.

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- kate

A Knees-up for MI5 at Bletchly in 1929

This is one of those first person books where the narrator reveals that they are now old and dying so they can finally tell this story from the past. The author could have just done away with that bit because it doesn't matter. What does matter is that there is going to be a reunion at Bletchley that has nothing to do with code breaking.or World War II. What it does have to do with is a golden age style mystery.

It is 1929 and Sir Hilary Manningham-Butler has been invited to a reunion house party by his old boss, Sir Vincent, the head of MI5. The party is set at Bletchley in Buckinghamshire, where an improbable group of people, all with their own secrets, are brought together for ostensibly a party. However from the beginning it is clear that all will not be well.

The narrator is Sir Hilary Manningham-Butler, who is a very interesting charactor. Not likable at first, very much Sir Hilary is unconsciously an elitist,racist, misogynist, heavy drinker and smoker, in short very much a man of the time-- but he isn't really a man. And Sir Hilary, the longer you know him, kind of grew on me. By the end I was rooting for him, although he was still a jerk.

I liked this book. In fact I generally avoid books narrated by the author like a plague, but Jack Treby does a decent job. I started listening to this over breakfast one Sunday and didn't stop until it was done.
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- Sires

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2015
  • Publisher: Carter & Allan