As part of an elaborate contingency plan, Elizabeth leaves the unsuspecting Anselm with a key to a safety deposit box, to be opened in the event of her death. Three weeks later she is found dead in the East End of London. Once the box has been opened, a chain of events is triggered as if from beyond the grave, and Anselm is led to fulfil what Elizabeth has begun.
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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. When Elizabeth dies she leaves a puzzle to be solved and the person she has chosen to do this is Father Anslem who before he became a monk was once a practising barrister.
Elizabeth has been obsessed with the case of a man who she had successfully defended who she later discovered was guilty and she wants to fix this. She has hidden her clues and it is Anslem's role to follow the trail. This is well written and the author is excellent at creating atmosphere and a sense of place.
He present moral issues and explores them in his plot. The book is not filled with action but the characters and what does happen seems very realistic. Possibly not suited to an audio format, this fiction work is slow and boring. I found myself losing patience and interest as the various poorly signalled shifts in time and place occurred.
With so many distasteful or uninteresting characters, there was not one sufficiently appealing to justify the effort of continuing to the end.
I reached the finish line only because I had paid to download the book. Enjoyed this very much. Perhaps not as good as book 1. However this will not deter me from starting book 3 asap. William Broderick writes a good tale with many twists along the tale that eventually unfold and are resolved at the end. I downloaded and wished I hadn't Wiliam Brodrick's four books with Father Anselm in them, because I thought they might be and sounded interesting. As a previous reviewer has said, I only finished it because I had paid for it. I have one of his books on disc sitting in the car and I will probably throw that, as I will the other three one completely unread , because they bore me to tears and I don't really care who does what to whom!
Or, did what to whom! The Gardens of the Dead: Father Anselm Series, Book 2 By: William Brodrick Narrated by: Father Anselm , Book 2 Length: Whole Story Audiobooks Whispersync for Voice-ready. People who bought this also bought Father Anselm Series, Book 1 By: Philip Kerr Narrated by: The Silent Ones By: Joe Ide Narrated by: A Place of Hiding By: Elizabeth George Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes Length: Robert Harris Narrated by: Louise Penny Narrated by: Bruno, Chief Of Police By: Martin Walker Narrated by: The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau By: Graeme Macrae Burnet Narrated by: This is my second of the Father Anselm series and although the 'stable' characters are the same, the stories are so very different.
As an outsider the reader feels that the background and settings, be it the workings of the Central Crimina There is much to be said for the series of novels based on DI Plodd the detective solving all of the murders happening on his patch.
As an outsider the reader feels that the background and settings, be it the workings of the Central Criminal Court, as here, or the Resistance Movement during WWII as in my other of the series, are so well researched that you accept that this is not a multiple new books a year type of author but one of quality rather than quantity. This was an intriguing story and although it wasnt a who-done-it as such, it was a quest to find out what had happened several years ago. The next two tales are downloaded and waiting.
Sep 09, Alan Marchant rated it really liked it Shelves: The blurbs for The Gardens of the Dead may mislead you into expecting a mystery novel or a legal thriller. But this is more basic novel and satisfying novel about human relationships. A dead judge has arranged for an apparently unconnected assortment of characters to persecute her antogonist.
For most of the book, the multiple points of view create a Kafkaesque confusion. The weakness of the novel is a symmetrically structured underlying plot and moral secrets are bad that draw the story out t The blurbs for The Gardens of the Dead may mislead you into expecting a mystery novel or a legal thriller. The weakness of the novel is a symmetrically structured underlying plot and moral secrets are bad that draw the story out to a somewhat stultifying conclusion. Still, the Gardens of the Dead deserves high marks for a rich set of characterizations, deftly drawn.
The setting is also engaging - a sort of noir underground of the British legal system, layered with references and idioms that emit a pleasant foreign bouquet for the American reader. Aug 16, Annalie rated it it was amazing Shelves: After reading many unfavourable reviews of this book, I braced myself for disappointment, but then I absolutely loved this book!
I actually read it more slowly towards the end, because I wanted it to last longer. Wonderful, interesting characters - according to many reviews too many, but make notes if you have to, to keep track.
This book really makes you think about our choices in life and the limitations our circumstances, talents and personality traits place on those choices. His views on the After reading many unfavourable reviews of this book, I braced myself for disappointment, but then I absolutely loved this book! His views on the nature of evil, on forgiveness and revenge give further food for thought. It's a pity that this book has been labelled "crime fiction" and a "murder mystery".
It's just a lovely novel about interesting but flawed people who try hard to make the best of the lives in which they find themselves. Elizabeth, a barrister, dies from a heart attack and leaves a puzzle of actions for different behind. The main point in it is Riley, a man whome they don't seem to get behind bars.
That would be the end of it if it would have been a very basic crime story. But there is more behind Elzabeth her life, the favours she left behind, the evidence and pieces The story was peaceful and calm while at the sa Elizabeth, a barrister, dies from a heart attack and leaves a puzzle of actions for different behind. The story was peaceful and calm while at the same time much happened. Starting from the moment Elzabeth dies, the writer goes back in history to explain what she put in movement in the future.
It was my first book from the Anselm serie, thought it was very nice and intriguing. Jan 22, Alice Brewer rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the second Father Anselm book I've read, after a rather random pick of The Sixth Lamentation, and it did not disappoint.
Broderick's characterisation is wonderful - 3-dimensional characters with hidden depths and foibles we can both recognise and be shocked by. The plot of The Gardens of the Dead is convoluted and when all the pieces finally drop into place it's both surprising and satisfying. Anselm is a marvellous 'hero', thrust unwillingly into detection and making false assumptions a This is the second Father Anselm book I've read, after a rather random pick of The Sixth Lamentation, and it did not disappoint.
Anselm is a marvellous 'hero', thrust unwillingly into detection and making false assumptions and incorrect choices in a very believable and uncontrived way. Highly recommended, and I will certainly read more of these! Sep 21, Betty rated it liked it Shelves: If you don't mind wondering what in the heck is going on until the very end, then this is the book for you. I felt like I was wandering around in London fog, trying to glimpse the trail left by the deceased barrister.
Throw in a main character with short-term memory loss, and know the obscurity was no different than what Father Anselm was experiences. Brodrick again explores the mix of guilt and innocence, actions and consequences, but this isn't as strong a book as his first. The moral question If you don't mind wondering what in the heck is going on until the very end, then this is the book for you. I plan reading the next in the series because I appreciate his ethics even if this wasn't as successful a book.
Mar 16, Susan Wight rated it really liked it Shelves: Anselm, a former barrister, has his peace disturbed at the monastery by a visit from Elizabeth Glendinning QC who entrusts him with a key to be used if she should die. When she does die, Anselm is drawn into a case from many years ago in which he assisted as her junior in defending a guilty man. Elizabeth has devised a scheme to bring that man to justice but, in her absence, Anselm struggles to pull the pieces together and figure out exactly what she wanted of him. This is one of several Father Anselm, a former barrister, has his peace disturbed at the monastery by a visit from Elizabeth Glendinning QC who entrusts him with a key to be used if she should die.
This is one of several Father Anselm mysteries. A Whispered Name was excellent, this one certainly holds the interest also. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I was somewhat disappointed by the ending. I know what he was trying to do and yet I feel like it hit too much coincidence for how the characters responded. That disappointed me and rather than feeling like the writer was clever, I felt jerked around and also oddly disappointed by it all. Not as good as his first. I lived overseas for many years so I didn't find the English references confusing. If you read British Fiction on a regular basis, this shouldn't confuse you.
Otherwise it's not the ref I was somewhat disappointed by the ending. Otherwise it's not the references that are odd, it's the style and he's not Henry James. Apr 16, David rated it liked it.
Brodrick was a satisfying read. I didn't feel it was a terrific read, although I did enjoy the ending and the characters that the author developed in the story. The author just seemed to make me feel that I really knew the characters, which some authors fail to do.
Jul 28, Joyce Hudson rated it liked it. Michael Tudor Barnes Length: Amazon Business Service for business customers. I had to force myself to keep picking it up to reach the end. There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal Entrusting an important piece of the puzzle to a man with no short term memory wasn't exactly a work of genius either. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No.
If you looking for an easy beach read then this novel would make that fit, and it's still a good read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in Brodrick worked on a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada, before joining the Augustinian Friars He began his life as a William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in He began his life as a friar in Dublin, Ireland, based on a farm that deployed Iron Age techniques bringing him very close to nature.
After several years as a friar, he left the order to help set up a charity at the request of Cardinal Hume, The Depaul Trust, which worked with homeless people. In he became a barrister. He holds British and Canadian citizenship and is married with three children with whom he lives in France Other books in the series. Father Anselm Mysteries 6 books.