The Last Hours

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Minette Walters

Narrated By: Helen Keeley

Publisher: Harlequin Audio

Date: August 2018

Duration: 15 hours 29 minutes


When the Black Death enters England through the port in Dorsetshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is—or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. She decides to bring her serfs inside the safety of the moat that surrounds her manor house, then refuses entry to anyone else, even her husband.

Lady Anne makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband’s steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs...until food stocks run low. The nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat again?

Compelling and suspenseful, The Last Hours is a riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance set against the worst pandemic in history. In Lady Anne of Develish—leader, savior, heretic—Walters has created her most memorable heroine to date.


  • Carmel S.

    Wonderful historical fiction with a riveting plot, a charming love story and rich period detail. I was familiar with this author's mystery and suspense novels, and this is another hit. NOTE: This is the first part of a two-part story and it doesn't appear that the sequel is available yet. That was a little jarring, but still a great read. Narration is excellent.

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