The Bishop's Secret


Read by David Wales

(4.5 stars; 87 reviews)

Bishop Pendle is the Church of England bishop in a small fictitious English cathedral town. Several years into his work, he receives a visit from a disreputable-looking visitor. The bishop is much upset. What transpired between them that has so upset the good churchman? And then there is the murder. Fergus Hume was one of the most prolific and most popular of 19th century novelists. "Mr. Hume won a reputation second to none for plot of the stirring, ingenious, misleading, and finally surprising kind, and for working out his plot in vigorous and picturesque English. In "The Bishop's Secret," while there is no falling off in plot and style, there is a welcome and marvelous broadening out as to the cast of characters, representing an unusually wide range of typical men and women. These are not laboriously described by the author, but are made to reveal themselves in action and speech in a way that has, for the reader, all the charm of personal intercourse with living people...." (Book Preface and david wales)

(12 hr 41 min)

Chapters

Publisher's Preface 2:55 Read by David Wales
Chapter 01 "Enter Mrs. Pansey As Chorus" 19:35 Read by David Wales
Chapter 02 The Bishop Is Wanted 21:09 Read by David Wales
Chapter 03 The Unforeseen Happens 20:27 Read by David Wales
Chapter 04 The Curiosity Of Mr. Cargrim 20:36 Read by David Wales
Chapter 05 The Derby Winner 17:42 Read by David Wales
Chapter 06 The Man With The Scar 16:30 Read by David Wales
Chapter 07 An Interesting Conversation 19:37 Read by David Wales
Chapter 08 On Saturday Night 17:50 Read by David Wales
Chapter 09 An Exciting Adventure 18:00 Read by David Wales
Chapter 10 Morning Service In The Minster 18:02 Read by David Wales
Chapter 11 Miss Whichello's Luncheon-party 18:33 Read by David Wales
Chapter 12 Bell Mosk Pays A Visit 16:35 Read by David Wales
Chapter 13 A Stormy Night 19:09 Read by David Wales
Chapter 14 "Rumour full Of Tongues" 17:42 Read by David Wales
Chapter 15 The Gipsy Ring 19:33 Read by David Wales
Chapter 16 The Zeal Of Inspector Tinkler 18:10 Read by David Wales
Chapter 17 A Clerical Detective 20:16 Read by David Wales
Chapter 18 The Chaplain On The Warpath 17:34 Read by David Wales
Chapter 19 The Bishop's Request 18:24 Read by David Wales
Chapter 20 Mother Jael 19:53 Read by David Wales
Chapter 21 Mrs. Pansey's Festival 21:50 Read by David Wales
Chapter 22 Mr. Mosk Is Indiscreet 17:31 Read by David Wales
Chapter 23 In The Library 21:39 Read by David Wales
Chapter 24 The Bishop Asserts Himself 18:44 Read by David Wales
Chapter 25 Mr. Baltic, Missionary 18:48 Read by David Wales
Chapter 26 The Amazement Of Sir Harry Brace 19:19 Read by David Wales
Chapter 27 What Mother Jael Saw 18:22 Read by David Wales
Chapter 28 The Return Of Gabriel 19:29 Read by David Wales
Chapter 29 The Confession Of Bishop Pendle 18:32 Read by David Wales
Chapter 30 Blackmail 17:28 Read by David Wales
Chapter 31 Mr. Baltic On The Trail 18:50 Read by David Wales
Chapter 32 The Initials 18:09 Read by David Wales
Chapter 33 Mr. Baltic Explains Himself 22:20 Read by David Wales
Chapter 34 The Wages Of Sin 20:56 Read by David Wales
Chapter 35 The Honour Of Gabriel 23:04 Read by David Wales
Chapter 36 The Rebellion Of Mrs. Pendle 20:12 Read by David Wales
Chapter 37 Deo Ex Machina 21:40 Read by David Wales
Chapter 38 Exit Mr. Cargrim 23:09 Read by David Wales
Chapter 39 All's Well That Ends Well 23:32 Read by David Wales

Reviews

(4 stars)

Although this involves church people religion is thankfully not a theme in this book. Atheists can enjoy it as can believers. It has a lot of character development. The characters are interesting even without the murder. Nice twists. Things worked out well except for 1 character. If 2 people love each other & are good people they should be together rather than giving each other life long heartache. As usual, the reader is great.

what is the secret the Bishop is hiding

(4 stars)

A very good mystery and well read by David Wales. Summary tells the story. Well worth lending a ear to this one. Hume is.a very good writter of mysteries and keeps you in wonder until last chapter. Thanks to David Wales a very good & and easy to listen to.

Wonderful story, great reading.

(5 stars)

This book was so well written and the characters were so well developed that I don't think there could be any improvement in any areas. The story kept my interest throughout and never telegraphed the ending. The reader did a fabulous job! Highly recommended.

(5 stars)

Excellent narration, I want more of this reader. Great plot twist but no spoiler here. Enjoy.

The Bishop's Secret

(5 stars)

Very well read and great, unexpected plot twist at the end.

Another good one

(4.5 stars)

This is the second of fergus humes books I have listened too and they are really well thought out keeping you guessing until the end. Give this a go. The narration is good to a point but when the narrator pronounces one of the words twice wrongly it does throw you. 'A drunken row' was pronounced row as in rowboat! And he does stumble a couple of times but still a good voice for it and well worth a listen

(3 stars)

It's ok, reader's accents and sense stress are off which takes away from the story.

Great reader!

(5 stars)

Great reader ans very good mystery! Thanks a lot for this excellent job!