At Mullion Castle, sumptuous stately home, we meet the Earl and his family, who include his delightful daughters Patty and Boosie, and dotty Great-aunt Camilla. Old school chum, Charles Honeybath, who has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the Earl's wife, finds himself at the helm of a complex investigation involving ancestral works of art and a young under gardener, Swithin, who seems to possess the family features somewhat strikingly...
An unabridged reading by Hugh Laurie of Michael Innes' 'Lord Mullion's Secret'.
©1983 Michael Innes Literary Management Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I enjoyed this Honeybath cozy-romance even more than Innes' Inspector Appleby tales, mostly because Laurie does Brit tongue-in-cheek eccentricity better than anyone else. The very small mystery element is not the point - it's the play of words and humour, with Innes poking fun at his genre as much as the foibles late 20th century British aristocrats. It's more of a precursor to McCall Smith's 44 Scotland St series than a mystery. A short but sweet listen, it's worth a credit.
Painter, musician, bibliophile...
Henry Window, Lord Mullion, drops into the studio of his old chum Charles Honeybath to commission a portrait of his wife. With a momentary regret that he did not become a landscape painter, Honeybath sets off for Mullion Castle, now shown to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays. (Needs must when the Inland Revenue casts its eye upon one).
Upon arrival, Honeybath becomes better acquainted with the family, including one whimsical aunt, three children, his prospective sitter, as well as a voluble vicar of antiquarian pursuits, a dishy gardener, and other characters.
At first, I thought this might be a diverting, satirical story in the grand British tradition. But there is neither the wit of Wodehouse or Benson, nor the sting of Saki. It isn't awful, but I wouldn't recommend it either. The secret, such as it is, is hardly worth knowing and is telegraphed miles beforehand. Perhaps my expectations were too high.
Really loved Laurie here. In fact, without him, I would have been likely to return the book. He kept things lively when they otherwise might have lagged.
Liked it all.
Yes...Jerome Jerome's Books. Like them as well.
I read that another reviewer did not like Hugh Laurie as a narrator and I believe it comes down to a matter of taste. I never choose a book by reviews unless there are a number of remarks about the sound quality etc. It is my belief that Hugh Laurie is a good actor and a good narrator. Since I enjoyed this book and others that he has narrated, It is my wish that he will do more.
reader and collector especially of vintage crime fiction and historiography - with an additional penchant for Umberto Eco
Hugh laurie may be versatile as enactor but he lacks finesse and charm as a narrator. Michael Innes [J.I.M. Stewart] deserves better - and gets it in, for example, in Hamlet. Revenge. NOT RECOMMENDED.
This is a terrific book made so much better as it is narrated by the wonderful Hugh Laurie. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this type of book and who likes Hugh Laurie. As audio books go this one is in my top ten. At more than five plus hours in length it gives a lot of listening pleasure. Well worth the price! Good work, especially to Laurie and I hope to listen to more of his work.
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