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Great light listening for fans of BBC/PBS style cozies. Dudgeon is a good reader/performer. You may recognize his voice from "Midsommer Murders" on tv. No gore or perversion so far.
The Cherringham Mysteries was surprisingly good. I enjoyed all three episodes and bought the next 3 in the series.
I choose authors , then series. Must have quality characters. If I figure things out ,I like to do it as I progress through the story.
Neil Dudgeon narrates the cosy into the mysteries. A plump Chair,fireplace and glass of wine and each story would be an evening with good friends.
Very classic British cozy. Three stories. Fun listens.
Sort of like an Agatha Christie. Nothing very upsetting or terrifying here.
To me these aren't "cozy crime" books, more like just detective stories. I thought I'd found some new cozy crime stories so am disappointed. If you like the detective stories then you'll like these.
homeschool and roses
I was trying to stick with it until the stereotypical American -gruff, ill-mannered, lives on a boat with his dog, neglects personal hygiene- ironed his faded jeans. That was too much. Who irons faded jeans? The story was very self- consciously stringing together stereotype after stereotype. "Let's make sure we work in 'marmalade,' old school mates returning home,' 'master/mistress and dog relationships,' 'widow talks to herself,' single mom with nasty divorce,' ill-mannered American.....' and as many other cliches as can possibly fit!"
Charming stories about the length of novellas, rather than full length novels. Very likable characters. Neil Dudgeon is the perfect reader and it is in great part why I've purchased the remaining stories.
Enjoyed this series of three short mysteries. I especially liked the second in the series. Jack, a retired NYPD detective from New York, teams with Sarah, a young woman recently returned to Cherringham, to solve questionable deaths. Jack and Sarah are likable characters without any romantic tension, at least in these stories. Sarah's young children and her parents are featured characters. I will definitely continue with the series, even though short stories are not necessarily my favorites.
Neil Dundgeon is an excellent reader, though I found Jack's American accent a bit flat.
"Light and easy"
I listen to lots of crime thrillers...sometimes I need to have a break from the serious stuff and this was just the ticket as they say 😀 light and refreshing, not demanding or heart stopping. I shall download the next 3 episodes.
Crime is the genre I enjoy the most from Agatha Christie and PD James to Damian Boyd and Val McDermott, but I normally dislike short stories or novellas even if written by the great and the good however I genuinely loved these.. Very light well written and well rounded stories and characters, perfect for when your gardening or walking the dogs. Will be purchasing the rest.
"Delightfully cosy Cotswolds mysteries"
I thought this would not be a great choice but these three stories were a delight after so many modern murder stories with their blood and gore.
Although this may not be picture post card England there was a reassuring cosiness to these tales and an important very English humour that is often not found in other modern English detective stories. It makes a pleasant change.
Neil Dudgeon tells a good tale that does not grate in any way. I look forward to other tales
"Really enjoyable easy listening"
This is my first foray into British cozy mysteries. This series isn't Margery Allingham or Ngaio Marsh, but it is well written, it is not too implausible, and there are no howling errors of British life or language use which can be so annoying. It is a pleasant listen, enough story to be gripping but not requiring too much emotional commitment. You do actually feel engaged in the story. The performance is excellent.
"It grew on me"
Yes. Light, enjoyable, easy listening. Everything ends just as you hope without any real unpleasantness!
If you like Midsomer Murders, you'll like these stories
Excellent reading - really lifts these everyday stories into another league. His accents and characterisation are brilliant. Not sure I would have been quite so anxious to follow onto the next series without his masterful and entertaining delivery. For me, Neil Dudgeon IS Jack.
Yes, just never had enough time!
Probably not the best stories you'll ever read, a little predictable and following a set formula but Neil Dudgeon does such a good job on the reading that I found the stories grew on me and I would happily buy more if they were available.
Miss Marple meets Agatha Raisin/Midsomer Murders. I loved the first instalments of this series and will definitely download the others.
If you are looking for a gritty crime thriller this is not for you but it is the listening equivalent of Sunday evening TV. Perfect holiday reading.
I really enjoyed these stories. They are very well written with twists and turns so you don't know the the guilty party until the very end. I had not come across Mr Richards and Mr Costellos writing before, but I have to say I was very impressed and have since downloaded two other collections from the Cherringham series. And have been equally impressed by them all. Mr Dudgeons narration is really enjoyable. It is very easy to listen to and all the voices are done very well.
very enjoyable read,the stories were interesting enough to keep you wanting to carry on.
"Enjoyable, light "who dunnits!"
Yes, in that I could listen to the stories whilst doing housework, walking, etc.
Both Sarah and Jack - their characters blend so well together and both come across as people you would like to have as actual friends. Down to earth, caring, inquisitive and interesting people.
Brilliant timber to his voice!!!! Good differentiation between the characters. His American accent (for Jack's character) did not grate on my nerves as many other narrators do.
Yes (and did!!!)
I am looking forward to the remainder of the series and hope there will be many more to come.
"Perfect crimes to solve on the commute"
Clever short tales around an idealic village. Well written and has simple clever plots, ideal for commuters :-)
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