Thursday, October 27, 2016

Audiobook Tour 'The Cryptic Lines' by Richard Storry

Today I’m excited to participate in the Audiobook Tour of ‘The Cryptic Lines’ written by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry. ‘The Cryptic Lines’ is a Mystery Thriller and perfect for this time of year.

About the Book: in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem – the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred’s Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears…

The Facts: 

March 16th, 2016
Jake Urry
4 hours, 30 minutes
Mystery Thriller
Available at:

My Review:

Lately I haven’t read many cozy mysteries. Not because I didn’t want to, but simple because I didn’t have a lot of cozy mysteries to read. So when I saw the blog tour sign up for the Audiobook of ‘The Cryptic Lines’, and saw the gorgeous, dark and mysterious looking cover, I signed up as fast as I could. ‘The Cryptic Lines’ sounded like a different and mysterious book and I looked forward to the moment I could start listening.

To start with the story itself.. I love ‘The Cryptic Lines’. It was just spooky and mysterious enough and I was hooked from the very beginning. Although some parts of the story were a little predictable, there were more than enough moments I didn’t see coming at all. This book definitely had a perfect balance mystery wise.

The main characters Lord Alfred Willoughby, Charles and Matthew were all very different from one another. Which made ‘The Cryptic Lines’ a very fun book to listen to.
Charles was a lawyer but overall a very ‘normal’ guy. I loved that about his character, especially since Matthew was such an arrogant ‘rich’ guy and Lord Alfred was just.. Well scary!
I really enjoyed listening to the treasure hunt and learning about the secrets of the old mansion.

As an audiobook ‘The Cryptic Lines’ was really good. The narrator Jake Urry had such an ‘old’ and mysterious voice. It was perfect for this book. I loved listening to his voice and accent, and I could easily imagine myself walking in the old mansion besides Charles.
Even though Jake Urry talked with this accent, something I have trouble following most times, I could easily follow his words.

‘The Cryptic Lines’ was a short story, which made it a perfect cozy mystery for me. If you like treasure and scavenger hunts, old mysterious buildings and family secrets.. ‘The Cryptic Lines’ is a book for you. I would definitely recommend it. 

My Rating:


About the Author:

Richard is the author of four published novels, with his fifth “A Looming of Vultures” due for publication in 2017. Prior to writing his first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” he was very busy in the theatrical world: He composed the incidental music to Chekhov’s Three Sisters, seen in London’s West End, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Eric Sykes, and subsequently broadcast on BBC4 television. His musical adaptation of “The Brothers Lionheart” premiered at London’s Pleasance Theatre, followed by a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival where it was voted Best Childrens’ Play. “The Cryptic Lines” has now been adapted for both the stage and screen.

For more information about Richard Storry please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

About the Narrator:

Jake Urry is a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 he’s toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks. Jake has produced over 10 titles since March 2016 and has rapidly found himself at home narrating Thriller, Horror, Mystery and Suspense titles. His audiobook work includes dark psychological thrillers ‘White is the Coldest Colour’ and ‘Portraits of the Dead’ by John Nicholl, occult mystery series ‘The Ulrich Files’ by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novel ‘Shadows of Tomorrow’ by Jessica Meats.

For more information about Jake Urry please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Voices and Soundcloud.

This event was organized by The Audiobookworm


  1. I think I would enjoy this Maureen. Isn't it wonderful when a narrator enhances the story? Lovely review!

    1. Listening to this book definitely gave it something extra. I loved the narrators voice. I honestly think listening to his voice made me want to try out more audiobooks!

  2. This one sounds amazing, Maureen, and you actually got me at 'sprawling gothic mansion' that alone made me know the story was pleasantly creepy :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. LOL!! It definitely had a creepy feel about it. I loved this one!
      Thanks for stopping by!


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