When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling manor, a venerable church, and a memorial to the village's soldiers, almost all of whom died in one bloody battle. Now peace prevails, but Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy - as does the Easton family. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty disappeared from her bed and has not been seen in thirteen years; only her fragile mother still believes she is alive. While Laurence is a guest of the manor, a maid vanishes in a sinister echo of Kitty's disappearance. And when a body is discovered in the manor's ancient church, Laurence is drawn into the grounds' forgotten places, where deadly secrets lie in wait.
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by Elizabeth Speller
by Elizabeth Peters
"This mystery is ostensibly about the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl from a country estate before WWI, but it quickly turns into a larger story. After the war, former infantry officer Laurence Bartram gets wrapped up in the many mysteries of a crumbling estate in the oddly named village of Easton Deadall when he is asked to help recreate a hedgerow maze. Despite narrator Matthew Brenher's considerable skill, the story moves at an incredibly slow pace. Brenher has a pleasant voice and successfully evokes more than a dozen characters, giving each a distinct voice. But the novel is hampered by its unfamiliar setting, both time and location, and the author's tendency to go into unnecessary detail. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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