The Mystery of the Locks

Read by Roger Melin

(3.8 stars; 69 reviews)

Davy's Bend was a dying, lonely, uncared-for river town. So when a stranger showed up one day and bought the old unoccupied house called 'The Locks' one dreary day, the inhabitants of the town were naturally very curious about the stranger, and very curious about his reasons for buying the old house. The Locks had been known for years to display at nighttime a single light showing up in one room, and there was one room in the house which was strictly off-limits to anyone. What was the history behind The Locks that nobody dared to talk about? What was the reason for the stranger's unannounced arrival and purchase of The Locks? Small, dying towns tend to keep their secrets to themselves, and Davy's Bend was no exception. Nor was the stranger's. (Introduction by Roger Melin) (10 hr 19 min)


The Town of Dark Nights 39:55 Read by Roger Melin
The Locks 17:32 Read by Roger Melin
The Face at the Window 22:56 Read by Roger Melin
Davy's Bend 23:54 Read by Roger Melin
A Troubled Fancy 14:42 Read by Roger Melin
Pictures in the Fire 36:08 Read by Roger Melin
The Locks' Ghost 18:23 Read by Roger Melin
A Remarkable Girl 34:01 Read by Roger Melin
The 'Apron and Password' 28:00 Read by Roger Melin
Tug Whittle's Booty 15:52 Read by Roger Melin
The Whispers in the Air 34:20 Read by Roger Melin
Ruined by Kindness 28:12 Read by Roger Melin
The Rebellion of the Baritone 35:00 Read by Roger Melin
The Ancient Maiden 25:46 Read by Roger Melin
A Shot at the Shadow 33:00 Read by Roger Melin
The Step on the Stair 36:00 Read by Roger Melin
The Pursuing Shadow 27:05 Read by Roger Melin
The Rise in the River 28:00 Read by Roger Melin
Mr. Whittle Makes a Confession 24:04 Read by Roger Melin
The Search in the Woods 22:43 Read by Roger Melin
Little Ben 26:08 Read by Roger Melin
Tug's Return 31:56 Read by Roger Melin
The Going Down of the Sun 15:31 Read by Roger Melin


Sad Story

(4 stars)

Sometimes sins of the past follow us everywhere we go. The best person can make a grave mistake, and those who feel wronged by that mistake may seek ultimate vengeance. Alan Doris is a man with no past. He moves to the run down city of Davy's Bend, where he moves into the mysterious house known as 'the locks'. Despite his intentions of just living a quiet life, he meets the lovely Annie. He tries to run away from that affection, but she doesn't let him go. They marry and enjoy such happiness... but there is no such thing as happily ever after. I would have wished this story had a happier ending, but no loose ends are left, and the last chapter makes me think of a person looking over the sea as the sun sets. Roger Melin is one of my favorite readers. He has an excellent voice and cadence. This is a good story overall, but I am going to have to listen to Wodehouse now...

(1 stars)

This book was a little too depressing and strange for me--no reflection on the reader who is always good. I certainly wouldn't consider it a reflection on societal eccentricities, etc.

good story

(5 stars)

not one I would call a 'page turner' if I was reading it but still interesting and thought provoking. I have a difficult time with drama - situations where there might be physical or emotional pain suffered by those in a story that I have been compelled to care about. I think the author did a good job of allowing any areas of drama to be easily traveled. Roger M did another good job of reading.

atmosphere and mystery

(5 stars)

This book is thick with atmosphere and mystery. The story draws you in like a spell as the author weaves a tale of place and time and character , rendering the story both strange and strangely familiar with a skill common only to the greatest masters of fiction. The readers voice and tone imbues the story with an authenticity and guilded quality that is suited to this singular mystery . A unique mystery.

Love & Honor, Secrets & Betrayal

(4 stars)

This book reflects our Societal eccentricities &, describes the strengths, weaknesses & even defects in Human nature so accurately, poignantly, even prophesied the outcomes, were things not as described, that I couldn't stop listening...We truely are predictable, given certain circumstances, and not often enough to our credit, sad as it is to say...

weird story

(2 stars)

the reader did a good job but the story line was not my style. it was too gloomy and in some places the characters talked too much. I prefer mysteries that end happily but this one certainly did not...

Somewhat disappointing

(3 stars)

This book contains some good writing and is very well read by Roger Melin. However, unlike the previous reviewer, I thought that the story meandered at times, and it definitely did not tie up all the loose ends.


(5 stars)

Roger Melin saves this one. Too many questions. Too few answers. Too much depression. No ending. Despite this, the writing is very good, and moods are well set, even if unsatisfying.