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Winter's War is the first full length Guy Winter mystery. It is set in England in the Second World War at the time of the Battle of Britain and the start of the London Blitz.
August 1940 - Chief Inspector Guy Winter has been Fleet Street's favorite detective for over a decade. Dubbed the "Mystery Man" by his friends and enemies alike, for all his fame he cuts a lonely figure at Scotland Yard, where every newspaper story is fresh grist to an already tired mill. Laid low by personal tragedy, there are many who suspect that the great detective's career is over.
Guy Winter, still in mourning the death of his wife in a tragic traffic accident the year before is summoned back to Scotland Yard to hunt for a psychopathic killer who is retracing Jack the Ripper's 52-year-old bloody trail of terror through London's East End.
Evil stalks the London blackout at the height of the Battle of Britain as a madman sets out to sow panic in the streets. But nothing is quite what it seems. As the threat of invasion looms ever larger and great aerial dogfights rage in the skies over southern England, as air raid sirens wail in the night, searchlights play across the face of the heavens and the first bombs fall, old scores are being settled and we discover that Guy Winter has been living a double life more mysterious than anybody ever suspected.
Now that double life has returned to haunt him. Now he no longer knows whom to call friend or foe.
©2014 James P. Coldham (P)2016 James P. Coldham
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By LilMissMolly on 09-01-17

Intriguing Jack the Ripper Copycat Tale in WWII

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Winter’s War by James Philip is the first full length book in the Guy Winter series featuring a WWII Scotland Yard detective at the height of the Battle of Britain. I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys listening to historical espionage thrillers. <br/><br/>The story begins with Guy Winter returning to London after a year’s absence following the unexpected death of his wife. Being an expert in Jack the Ripper lore, Scotland Yard needs Winter to find a serial killer who is mimicking Jack the Ripper’s murders that occurred more than 50 years ago. He soon uncovers a link between the victims that the original Jack the Ripper murders did not possess – the current victims were all "Pearls" of WWI (female spies for British intelligence). My favorite character by far is Sergeant George Ransom who is underappreciated, perceptive, and extremely loyal to Winter. <br/><br/>The author points out that this series is meant to be read and listened to as "coherent, linked episodes," which might explain why the book just ends without any real conclusion. Thankfully, I listened to the next two books as well. <br/><br/>Melanie Fraser narrated this audiobook wonderfully, like she did the other books in the series. Her crisp British accent and soft refined tones were perfect for this audio and definitely contributed to my enjoyment of this book. Melanie really brought the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. <br/>

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By Amazon Customer on 07-23-17

Well scripted and thoroughly enjoyable

Would you listen to Winter's War again? Why?

Yes. I enjoy the historic era represented

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

Did not read the printed version. Melanie Fraser's narration was brilliant. She speaks impeccably

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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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By Zena on 07-14-17


What has impressed itself on me is how, even though its not a subject I would normally read (a war story)  I'm totally enjoyed this book. I love it when that happens and I am taken by surprise as to how this author and his narrator have pulled me into their story and kept me there.
Included in this book is a detailed history on 'New Scotland Yard' which I found to be very interesting not having known that information before. Just a bit of trivia to educate and paint the correct picture pertaining to the book.
The story itself is gripping and entertaining and Guy Winter's fascination with Jack the Ripper and the way he ties his current murder cases in with those of the Ripper is brilliant.
In this story we have the beginning of the love affair with Guy and his 'housekeeper'. Yay!
The narration is excellent as usual and being a South African myself, I was highly amused by the Afrikaans/English accent. It has a sound that only an Afrikaner can produce and it brings a smile to my face when I recall it.
All together I can safely say that this is a book and a series I am quite willing to recommend.
I received a free audiobook from the Narrator, and this is my unbiased review.

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By Nana on 09-18-16

Very Enjoyable London War Thriller

I enjoy audiobooks set in London during world war 2. This is a very good example.

Excellent storyline with lots of twists the occasional cad and steamy love and crime under the cover of the blackout.

Good narration is at least half of a good audiobook. Melanie Philips does an excellent job in Winters War bringing the contrasts of a chaotic wartime to London to life. In the future I will take a gamble on new books simply because she is the narrator.

Ok I am off to download the rest in the series.

Please note that this audiobook was reviewed through the Good Reads reviewer programme.

Bill Scott
September 2016

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