The Pearl Thief : Code Name Verity

  • by Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by Maggie Service
  • Series: Code Name Verity
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of Code Name Verity comes a stunning new story of pearls, love and murder.
Sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's ancestral home in Perthshire for one last summer. It is not an idyllic return to childhood. Her grandfather's death has forced the sale of the house and estate, and this will be a summer of good-byes. Not least to the McEwen family - Highland travellers who have been part of the landscape for as long as anyone can remember, loved by the family, loathed by the authorities. Tensions are already high when a respected London archivist goes missing, presumed murdered. Suspicion quickly falls on the McEwens, but Julie knows not one of them would do such a thing and is determined to prove everyone wrong. And then she notices the family's treasure trove of pearls is missing.
This beautiful and evocative novel is the story of the irrepressible and unforgettable Julie, set in the year before the Second World War and the events of Code Name Verity. It is also a powerful portrayal of a community under pressure and one girl's determination for justice.

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What the Critics Say

"...for all the story's mystery and history - some of it quite ancient - two other elements take hold: the intriguing characters, brimming with life and the evocative language seeded with Scottish words and phrasings...." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyable, easy listen.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pearl Thief to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.


What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters! They were well-defined. I could picture them vividly.


Have you listened to any of Maggie Service’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. They have all been very good.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't think I have ever listened to a book in ONE sitting. I did finish it quickly enough. It held my interest.


Any additional comments?

I listened because it was supposed to be a prequel for Code Name Verity -- a great book. This book was supposed to be the protagonist of the latter book as a younger girl. I quickly forgot of any connection to Verity because the book stood on its own. While a "young adult" book, I, an old adult, enjoyed it. It was a welcome break from violence and crude language. A lovely period piece.

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- Cathy

Oh Julie, gotta love you!

Absolutely adored this book! Lovers of Code Name Verity should pick this up, you'll grin with giddiness with Julie on her adventure, and fall in love all over again.
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- Erica M.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2017
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd