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Trudi Miller RosenblumThis compelling tale grabs the listener's attention from the first sentence, in which the elderly narrator admits that he has murdered his wife of 45 years---yet her death was ruled a suicide, and no one suspects him at all. From that intriguing opening, he goes back to relate the story from the start, when he was naive, 17-year old aspiring violinist who became enchanted by a brash, young American heiress. Many Gothic twists and turns follow: a wealthy, respected family, known both for its palatial ancestral home and for a streak of hereditary insanity; look-alike female cousins, one British, one American; secret loves; broken engagements; betrayal; suicide; murder. Jarvis is phenomenal as always, evoking both the innocence of the young narrator and the world-weary experience of the older man telling tale. His voice creates distinct characters with ease.