The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck. Rex Ransom, his favourite star from the 'talkies', and his hot-shot producer, Haggermeir, want to film their next feature at Alderley, the family's seventeenth-century country estate.
Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd. And before long the guest list grows to include two of their wilful daughter Lady Geraldine's dubious suitors, a long-lost cousin, a sultry femme fatale, a bespectacled librarian, an eccentric screenwriter, and a professional blackmailer.
It's almost too much for Merryweather, the family's imperturbable butler, to cope with. And that's before there's a murder in the dead of night. Inspector Wilkins must unravel the baffling mystery - and work out just what a mutilated mink coat has to do with anything.
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Classic British mystery, the manor house, country setting, the complete package.
Lady Geraldine, although a period character she still felt fresh, plausible as a person.
Its just enjoyable - an easy listen.
Pleast get more from this authers or similiar authors.
I love all the references to other detectives in this book. I enjoyed the first book but this one was even more tongue in cheek and was funny while maintaining the mystery plot line,
"Superb story telling"
Lovely, lighthearted whodunnit, brilliantly read/ acted...a bit long in the tooth, still a great escape from reality!
Loved it. The narrator was brilliant and expressive. Shame it had to end. Great story.
I enjoyed this even though I sussed out the villain straight away but not the motive.
"light hearted crime"
scene setting, scenario, light hearted mystery. 1930's uppercrust caracatures but likeable
the essence of the period but his voicing of characters is beautiful
This 1930's mystery is no boiled egg!
8+ hours of sheer lighthearted pleasure. I have all three James Anderson in the Alderley audio books which I will listen to again but I hope there will be another one soon as I cannot find any more online.
"A good old fashioned murder mystery"
The characters, the setting, the story and a great narrator. Also there's a lot of humour in this story.
Finding what the actor's secret was. It couldn't think what it might be.
He has a very pleasant, expressive voice, reads at a good pace, and you always know which character is speaking. An excellent narrator.
I laughed several times, some of it was very funny.
I shall certainly listen to this one over again.
Everything. The characters, the stately home, the intrigue, the humour, the brilliant reading.
There were several 'psychological' moments, can't say more or might give the plot away!
The whole thing was a pleasure, from start to finish.
Laugh a lot, then a bit more. Realising there is only one more available is likely to make me cry though!
Make sure you read/hear the first in the series before getting this! Then go and get the third!
"Unadulterated wonderful balderdash and piffle"
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes the light crime genre or Wodehouse-ish stuff
This is a wonderful mickey take of the Sayer/Christie/Allingham/Marsh style of crime. It's contorted and improbable.
Garrett is a good, intelligent narrator - he brings the story and characters to life.
Listened over three or four days, and looked forward to the next session!
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot but most of all the humour, with Chief Detective Inspector Wilkins a very engaging character.
This is firmly rooted in the golden age and even refers to other fictional detectives as if they were real.
I've enjoyed his reading of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy and the Thirty Nine Cufflinks too. Cornelius Garrett has a very warm voice and it does feel as if he's telling you the story rather than reading it at a microphone.
Yes - I listened to it while doing a mammoth baking session and stuck the headphones on to continue listening while walking the dog.
If you like Agatha Christie you'll probably enjoy this.
Loved the story. The performance was sparkling and wonderful characterisation. Really sad I came to the end!
"IT's just too, too"
Sadly this is not as good as the others featuring Lady Geraldine and her family. It has all the ingredients of a murder mystery of the early C20th but is a little too cliched to be anything more than a pastiche - cardboard characters and really no more than a seaside "What the Butler Saw" scenario.
The other tales were much better but this was "just too troppo troppo, darling"
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