The Sign of Silence

Read by Tom Weiss

(4.3 stars; 154 reviews)

Edward Royle is the head of a well-known chemical manufacturer in England, which he has inherited. He is engaged to the daughter of his father’s former partner, Phrida Shand, who lives with her mother. One night he is asked by his friend, Sir Digby Kemsley – a very famous railroad engineer, to come to his flat to discuss something although Kemsley is quite mysterious on the telephone. Royle visits, then returns home only to be summoned again by Kemsley, this time imploring him to return at once. Royle finds a gentleman in Kemsley’s place who is clearly not Kemsley, or is he? Kemsley asks Royle to trust him but that night, a young woman is murdered at Kemsley’s flat. Kemsley has disappeared. Royle discovers that his fiancé was in Kemsley’s flat at the time of the murder and is obviously hiding something. Once again, Le Queux takes us through a maze of intrigue and locations in Europe. (Summary by Tom Weiss) (7 hr 6 min)


01 - Chapter 1, Introduces A Gentleman 20:03 Read by Tom Weiss
02 - Chapter 2, The Scent 21:34 Read by Tom Weiss
03 - Chapter 3, Describes The Trysting Place 14:59 Read by Tom Weiss
04 - Chapter 4, Dear Old Dig 13:35 Read by Tom Weiss
05 - Chapter 5, Time Will Prove 13:00 Read by Tom Weiss
06 - Chapter 6, The Piece of Conviction 11:49 Read by Tom Weiss
07 - Chapter 7, Fatal Fingers 13:10 Read by Tom Weiss
08 - Chapter 8, Contains Further Evidence 13:28 Read by Tom Weiss
09 - Chapter 9, Describes The Yellow Sign 11:47 Read by Tom Weiss
10 - Chapter 10, Cherchez La Femme 15:47 Read by Tom Weiss
11 - Chapter 11, In Which An Allegation Is Made 11:39 Read by Tom Weiss
12 - Chapter 12, Phrida Makes Confession 12:58 Read by Tom Weiss
13 - Chapter 13, The Fugitive's Secret 13:54 Read by Tom Weiss
14 - Chapter 14, Reveals A Further Deception 11:43 Read by Tom Weiss
15 - Chapter 15, An Effaced Identity 12:40 Read by Tom Weiss
16 - Chapter 16, Reveals Another Enigma 11:59 Read by Tom Weiss
17 - Chapter 17, Concerns Mrs. Petre 11:06 Read by Tom Weiss
18 - Chapter 18, Discloses The Trap 13:18 Read by Tom Weiss
19 - Chapter 19, The Seal of Silence 12:02 Read by Tom Weiss
20 - Chatper 20, From The Tomb 10:57 Read by Tom Weiss
21 - Chapter 21, Records A Strange Statement 11:04 Read by Tom Weiss
22 - Chapter 22, Marie Bracq! 13:54 Read by Tom Weiss
23 - Chapter 23, Love's Confession 12:40 Read by Tom Weiss
24 - Chapter 24, Official Secrecy 13:05 Read by Tom Weiss
25 - Chapter 25, Fremy of the Sûreté 11:14 Read by Tom Weiss
26 - Chapter 26, Shows Expert Methods 12:37 Read by Tom Weiss
27 - Chapter 27, Edwards Becomes More Puzzled 12:02 Read by Tom Weiss
28 - Chapter 28, Further Admissions 15:17 Read by Tom Weiss
29 - Chapter 29, The Seller of Shawls 13:10 Read by Tom Weiss
30 - Chapter 30, Face To Face 15:23 Read by Tom Weiss
31 - Chapter 31, Shows The Truth Teller 15:12 Read by Tom Weiss
32 - Chatper 32, Is The Conclusion 9:50 Read by Tom Weiss


Whoo hoo - another good one from Le Queux

(5 stars)

This story is very interesting. What would you do if you suspected someone you loved of murder, and all evidence pointed to that? Royale faces that exact situation. He decides to investigate the case himself, and finds himself surrounded by a deeper mystery than he ever could have imagined. Tom W is an excellent reader, and does a nice job with this story. Enjoy!

yearly read

(4 stars)

one of the least favorite from the author. It drags a bit with "tell me, tell me" then "no I can't. I can't" but in between all that, is a devilish tale. Great reader, too.

The Sign of Silence

(5 stars)

Nicely done! William never fails to come through with an amazing read! Tom, as always, is my all-time favorite reader! How can he not be? I will listen to this book again.


(4 stars)

A great story and well read but for one sniggling irritant that being the way the reader pronounces the word "attitude". This reade in this story and all his other readings pronounces the word as "addeetude" or close to it. I hope someone tells him but I am so very surprised that he does it.

(3 stars)

good mystery and worth a listen as is read well, but it is very repetitive regarding 'declarations of love'. Also a number of chapters did not progress the story much at all because it seems the main characters spent most of their time 'telling each other how much they couldn't tell each other'!!

good narrator, leaden plot

(2 stars)

I've liked other Let Queux novels but this one was annoyingly repetitive, and Phrieda the most irritating damsel in distress. The narrator on the other hand did a good job.

(5 stars)

Another great book by William le queux; I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard of the author before listening to LibriVox books; very well read as always by Tom Weiss


(5 stars)

I'm so glad I discovered this mystery author. Very intriguing! Am very enthused also with the voice. He's one of the best!!