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The Return of Captain John Emmett (MP3 CD)
July 2011 Indie Next List
“It is in particular stories of war that we are forced to see the cost of one life lost and how that loss effects so many others. Speller's novel of the aftermath of World War I is such a story. After his military service has ended, John Emmett is found dead, an apparent suicide. His grieving sister Mary calls on Laurence Bartram, an old schoolmate, to help her understand what has happened. As he delves into the circumstances, Bartram realizes that others involved with Emmett in a disturbing wartime event have also died violently. This is a compelling story with a sympathetic protagonist who finds that there are seldom easy answers, few happy endings, and no good wars.”
— Laura Keys, Blue Elephant Book Shop Inc., Decatur, GA
In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmett's brother John-like Laurence, an officer during the war-has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans' hospital, and Mary needs to why. What connects a group of war poets, a feud within Emmett's regiment and a hidden love affair? Was Emmett's death really a suicide or the missing piece in a series of murders? As veterans tied to Emmett continue to turn up dead, and Laurence is forced to face the darkest corners of his own war experiences, his survival may depend on uncovering the truth.
About the Author
Elizabeth Speller is an author and poet. She has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, and Bristol. She divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece.READER BIO Matthew Brenher has been a professional voice artist for over 12 years. He has experience in cartoons, movie trailers, documentaries, audio books, business, educational, radio, telephone, videogames, jingles, podcasting, television, internet and music. He also has been an actor for 22 years with a strong background in theater including Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen etc.