The Cross of St. Anne
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Written by: Gary Alan RuseNarrated by: Bill Burrows
|Narrator Bill Burrows|
Bill Burrows has a rich and very masculine voice that is such a pleasure to listen to. His reading is impressive and he has a good steady reading pace. I appreciated that there were no unnecessary pauses or over enunciated words. Just a steady flow of listening enjoyment. Mr. Burrows strong suit is in his attention to the details of what he is reading. I was a little disappointed that he was lacking in doing a female character. He did try, but dropped the female voice half way through. I would love to listen to some nonfiction performed by Mr. Burrows as it would be a dazzling presentation. Everything about his narrating style and his wonderful voice begs for nonfiction, history would be my choice.
Book Review for The Cross of St. Anne Author Gary Alan Ruse
|Author Gary Alan Ruse|
Curt Devereaux buys a relic from a New England antique dealer, Thorton James, and charms the lovely if not beautiful Annie McCormick. Curt and his family bought a monstrously large estate on Jarritt's Island with plans of turning it into a museum and Curt invites Annie to stay a few days at White Oak Manor and aid them in setting it up. Annie is thrilled to have a few days off and eagerly accepts the invitation and is secretly glad to see Curt Deveraux again. Curt sends a limousine to drive Annie and the relic to the island. Yet, when she arrives Curt is nowhere to be seen and only Karen Wyler, the owner of the hotel across from the White Oak is there to greet her. Karen and Annie are close to the same age and hit it off right away.
When Curt does finally appear and Annie fetches the St. Anne's Cross, the box is empty. Annie is sure it was stolen while she and Karen were doing the grand tour of the Manor but couldn't imagine who would have taken it. The police are called in and Annie begins to feel like they think she took it herself. She feels terrible and is sorry that she left it unattended in the foyer. Curt apologizes and takes the blame for not having the locks fixed on the foyer door. No matter who is at fault, the relic is gone.
After the police start to investigate Annie is torn between going home or staying, would she look guilty of the theft if she went home, or would staying show her innocence. In the end her attraction to Curt sways her to stay instead of returning home. Jealousy plagues Anne when she meets Monique, Curt's young and attractive business partner. Her mind is awhirl with conflicting messages and unsettling situations that lead her to a horrifying situation that can cost her, her life.
This is an exciting listen with lots of mystery and suspense. Witchcraft and magic and things that go creep in the night are in this story. I recommend this book to anyone wanting something a bit different with many surprises in it. Not to mention some romance to add spice to an already exhilarating story.