In Winter's Exile the Mystery Man is exiled to the country to recover and recuperate from his injuries. Inevitably, there is no escaping the war. When the son of the local Squire is found dying within hours of a German bomber crashing in a nearby field Guy Winter is suddenly back in his element. However, what initially looks to be a an open and shut, tame whodunit, soon takes on new and sinister proportions as the Mystery Man finds himself in the middle of what seems like a long-running family feud in a rural backwater that, despite appearances, is anything but divorced from the brutal realities of the war.
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Best Book in WWII Series!
Winter’s Exile by James Philip is the 3rd book in the Guy Winter series featuring the Scotland Yard detective during WWII. Unlike the previous two books in the series, you could easily listen to this story without having read the previous two books or the prequel (it is also significantly shorter than the first two books). In fact, it’s the best book yet and it reads more like a cozy mystery rather than an espionage thriller.
Unlike the other books in the series, Winter’s Exile is set in Buckinghamshire rather than London. Resting and recuperating from multiple injuries sustained at the end of Winter’s Revenge, Guy Winter is on his honeymoon when he discovers a local man's dead body and a German airplane crashed nearby. Despite wanting some down time, Winter can’t resist the temptation of solving the murder.
Winter’s Exile held my attention more than the previous 3 books, if you count the prequel. There were not as many characters and you got more character development with those who were in it. In particular Winter’s 16-year old daughter, Emily, was great. Although shy, Emily is observant like her father, but a better judge of character. Winter’s wife Elspeth was also a joy because she knows when to listen to her husband and when to ignore him (it was refreshing having a wife from that era who was not a mere doormat).
Melanie Fraser did an outstanding job narrating this audiobook. She provided distinct and consistent voices for each character, including several German accents. Simply put, Melanie’s reading was very enjoyable and entertaining. Why is she not narrating for one of the large audiobook publishers yet?