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  • Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (180)
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    (184)

    From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.

    Ronna says: "A modern day classic mystery!"
    "Jolly Good Fun!"
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    Artfully done, with a lot of wit and humor. Pay close attention, or you may miss some of the "tongue in cheek" comments--

    A house full of grown children plotting ways to get their fortune the minute their nasty old father dies. What could be more fun? In the style of the classic British murder mysteries, it is extremely well done. It kept me guessing until almost the end.

    We have Sir Adrian as the "cozy writer" and head of the castle. He invites his four adult children home to make a big announcement--his engagement to a younger woman. Since he regularly changes his will depending on who is in his good graces on any particular month, they all rush home at top speed to protect their interests. No love lost between any of them, but they all put on a good show. They clearly don't care for one another, but they all do agree they must stop the impending marriage.

    Ruthvin (pronounced Riven) the oldest, is the bully and usually gets his way. He has been his father's favorite. George is the vain actor, Andrew an alcoholic, and Sarah, the plump youngest who writes cook books.

    You have to pay close attention, as there is a lot going on. Everyone is a suspect, including family members, servants, and old acquaintances. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a British murder mystery this much.



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