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A Better Quality of Murder | [Ann Granger]

A Better Quality of Murder

London, 1867. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. After it has lifted a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...
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London, 1867. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. After it has lifted a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...

©2010 Ann Granger (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-04-12
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-04-12 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "didn't feel the fog"

    This has similar pacing and plot to an Anne Perry Victorian mystery, but I did not find the characters or historical detail as engaging. Both narrators usually do better work. With so many excellent Victorian mysteries available, it's hard to recommend this one. However, if like me, you download even the weaker Anne Perry's for relaxation easy listens, this at least was a PG rated tale with a few twists, if mostly pedestrian and unremarkable. This is weak in atmosphere, too - in a good Victorian London murder, you can "feel the fog," even if you're not looking for an edge-of-set-thriller.

    The first in the series, A Mortal Curiorsity, is on Audible at a better price but not yet tagged as the series. That might be a better place to start.

    Granger is better in moden day settings.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Delah Palm Desert, CA, United States 03-30-12
    Delah Palm Desert, CA, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Which came first... the books or the glasses?

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    "Enjoyed it very much"

    I enjoy this type of lighthearted mystery. It's not all blood and guts or deep, dark and depressing. The characters are well defined. Both narrators were excellent. I was kept guessing to the end and surprised at the one that "dunnit". I recommend this audiobook. I understand there is a "prequel" to this book called "A Mortal Curiosity". I didn't know about it before this one but I plan to listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 11-07-13
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Elementary

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    "Good story, except for Perry Mason confessions..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good story by one of my early favorite authors. Narration is very good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No real stand-out. Each character was developed fairly well.


    What does Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the narration; however, the voice of "Bessie" was a bit child-like.


    Any additional comments?

    Funny, but the mention of Aunt Perry made be think of Anne Perry and her Inspector Pitt novels, which follow a similar husband-cop, wife-sleuthing helper model.

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    "Laboured performance by narrators!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed the listening but may think twice about having another book with the same narrators


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Better Quality of Murder?

    I like the concept of the two narrators, husband and wife in this case, I just wish they had communicated with each other at the speed of a normal ocnversation


    What didn’t you like about Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash ’s performance?

    I listen to books while driving; when this book was on I had a desire to use my right foot to try to hurry it along. I thought the storyline a good one but the narration was so laboured that at times it really irritated. It is as if in 19th century Britain, everyone spoke at half the speed they do today.


    Was A Better Quality of Murder worth the listening time?

    Yes, but only just.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    7/4/14
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    "SUPERB! Didn't want to put it down!"
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    This was an enjoyable text & it was brilliantly read. I didn't want it to end so I have bought another. Can't stop, must get on listening!

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