The Murder Stone

The Murder Stone

by Charles Todd
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Murder Stone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although her parents were killed in a traffic accident when she was still a baby Francesca Hatton had a very happy childhood growing up in the River¿s End estate in the isolated Exe Valley in England. Her five male cousins also lost their parents at a very early age and grew up at River¿s End where Frances Hatton raised all six grandchildren as one big happy family.

That happiness dissipated as one by one the men were called up to fight for their country. During WWI by 1916, all five Hatton males of Francesca¿s generation were killed by the Germans in France. Francis is dying and Francesca nursed him during his last tormented days. It is only after his death does she learn that her grandfather had very many secrets including the fact that some prominent people think he is a murderer.

This is Charles Todd¿s first stand alone book and it is one of the best works of gothic suspense that this reviewer has read this year. As Francesca learns what her grandfather is hiding, strangers besiege her demanding something from her and threatening her when she fails to deliver. Some readers will not like the ending because it is not black and white but the questions left dangling add to the thrills that this book delivers. THE MURDER STONE is an unforgettable reading experience.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i prefer his ian rutledge series, the murder stone ending it a little bit farfetched.
JackieLTX More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, as you would expect from this author. I have read all of the Ian Rutledge stories and thought this stand alone story would not be as good, but it has surpassed all expectations! I could not put it down. I was happy with the ending as well. Highly recommended! I've read all this author's books, now what will I do?
lotto53 More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. if you have not read this author you are missing out. great story, interesting and believable charecters who are rich and well defined.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was dissapointed with this one, the ending does not bring the story to closure and the mystery does not draw you in as the Rutledge series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of period mysteries and a bit of an Anglophile. I've read many of Todd's haunted detective stories, enjoying the historical aspect as much as the who done it"? From the first page of this psychological wild-ride I was hooked. The characters were well developed and the descriptions of the English countryside brought the story to life. I disagree with the normally spot on review from one of the journals criticizing it's predictability. So what! And after all, depending on who you read, there are a very limited number of plots. Read this book. I will make for an exciting plot twisting read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll enjoy the many characters the are entangled with Rivers End, the rich home estate of wealthy Francis Hatton, who's passing brings granddaughter Francesca deeper into his personal past than she ever wished. Murder, lies, revenge, greed, and finally love appears among the despair, death and damage WWII wreaked on al the world but especially British citizens of all casts. Don't stop if you think it's a simple relationship read with a nostalgic young woman coming to realize how alone she's become after grandfather dies. The staff and villagers rise to help her sift through the past and deal with real time current threats. Keep reading, since love has a huge role in solving the murder mystery and the main threat from the past the thought of and the reality of of a long lost mother. Todd triumphs again, even without Ian Rutledge to solve the crimes.
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DeeZeeCA More than 1 year ago
An extremely well developed tale of murder committed or not committed. The ending is an unexpected twist! Good reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed would recommended
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This is not the usual Betsy Crawford or Ian Rutlidge series but still a good mystery from Charles Todd. Takes place after WWI and a mystery is involved with Francesca and her inheritance from her grandfather. Lots of twists and turns and a good ending. The ending really makes you wonder what is the truth.
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escapeartistDD More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plot and characters. Moved along.
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