And it didn't take long for things to start to go wrong. One of the guests claimed she had knowledge that would ruin the others' reputations, but nobody took her seriously enough to take offence.
At least, not until her body was found...
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Cornelius Garrett is simply brilliant in his reading. HIs accents and style bring this light novel to life. I like the way he took me to a fascinating world of manners, luxury and quirkiness. Lots of fun.
All the ingredients for a classic murder mystery - English aristocratic country house, many suspects with possible motives, detective with hidden talents and, of course, a butler. If you love detective stories maybe a little predictable, so four stars for story, but this does not make it any the less enjoyable.
No need for violence or horror, just light hearted and amusing with wonderful narration by Cornelius Garrett. His skill in making each character clearly distinguishable is amazing. Excellent entertainment and highly recommended.
It appears to be the third of a series, I hope the others will also be available on audible soon. This was a very good sale bargain, but I would happily pay full price for this author and narrator.
One of the best narrations I have ever heard. The plot is witty and the dialogue occasionally makes you chuckle out loud. The sound quality is also good - that is all to often not the case even when downloading in enhanced format.
CG gives every character his or hers own special voice and he knows the value of pausing to let the dialogue sink in without being at all slow!
Please audible - do give us more from this mystery series a true delight!
I've read two other James Anderson humorous mysteries and decided it would be fun to listen to one read. The mystery twists are enjoyable. But what elevated this storytelling was the narrator, Cornelius Garrett with his distinct voices for every single character. Not one was the same, even with a few soft toned women speakers, a few direct ones, an American, all the men of different character, professions and classes. Accents, tones, pacing. Absolutely delightful. Let him read me anything British. Garrett's repertoire of voices defined Anderson's storytelling.
Cornelius Garrett is an excellent narrator
I had never heard of this author until recently, but greatly enjoyed all three of the audiobooks -- read them in order!
If Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse had collaborated on a mystery novel, this would have been the result. Great fun!
"If you're a fan of Ngaio Marsh's Alleyne, you'll LOVE this!"
I'll be honest, the set up (ingeniously done btw), was so much like a Roderick Alleyne novel that, once the murder was committed, I was slightly non plussed that Superintendent Alleyne & Breer Fox were not called to investigate! However, I was not disappointed with their replacements and you won't be either! There were some strands that, you just didn't see coming, and others that you might suspect but don't know how, and on top of it all, you are nicely entertained.
This is one of those novels that are lightly undemanding, if you don't need it to be, and amusing enough without being farcical. So not bordering on the ridiculous, like PG Wodehouse. But not staid and proper like Agatha Christie. A good blend of both!
Throughly enjoyable. I'm off to read another immediately!
"Great Mystery with lots of red herrings"
I have read a James Anderson before and felt it was a bit too much of a farce to feel very Agatha Christie like, but this book contained more real characters (although still quite exaggerated) and a more likely story. I like that the detective always solves it not the amateur who 'gives it a go'. I'm not a huge fan of the farcical evening movements but it at least confused me such a lot. This narration is mostly very sharp - a couple of times at the beginning some characters accents mix slightly. However Wilkins is brilliant and totally conjures the image of the description throughout. I will look out for another one in the future. These books would make a fabulous dramatisation.
An involved puzzle that is unravelled by the inimitable Wilkins. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a good country house detective story. The only fly in the ointment is that Anderson only wrote three novels in the series.
What is not to like?! Brilliant writing, brilliant reading, another mystery at Audleigh, loveable characters, laugh out loud funniness... For those who love Agatha Christie/Marjorie Allingham/Ngaio Marsh (etc) novels, this is a treat. But read/hear the first two before this one!
Too many lovely characters that, in this third book, now feel more like friends.
Mr Garrett is brilliant, I love all the Saunders, but he brings life to everyone in the book.
If you love classic murder mystery, watch this! Sorry it's a bit lame, I'm not really into films!
I absolutely loved this book, can't praise it enough. If only there were more!
"P.G. Wodehouse meets Dorothy Sayers. And she loses"
Jolly good fun.
Reminds me of Wodehouse's 'Blandings' stories, only with murder. Convoluted and fantastically silly
Loved any scene involving anyone trying to explain anything to Penny.
Moved me only to laughter
Dashing good blarney. Spiffing plot.
"Really enjoyed all three of the books in series"
I love the humor and richness of the characters within the three books that Anderson wrote, and thoroughly enjoyed Garrett's excellent narration. Having listened to all of Sayer's books, some of Christie and of Marsh, and Doyle, I still come back to these, and wish there had been more. Huge shame there are not.
The skill he brings as an actor to the narration, brings out the humor, which i think I would have missed at times.
Unfortunately I now compare other murder mystery books to these, and nothing quite meets the mark. I have the full series of Greenwood's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and they are quite well narrated (except when the singing starts.) But am stuck with a continued search for a series that has the warmth, humor and excellent narration.
I loved this book. It kept me interested from start to finish. Good old fashioned whodunnit. Brilliantly narrated. Can't recommend enough.
I found it difficult to pause listening to these mysteries. very addictive listening. A detective Chief inspector who spoke in a broad Yorkshire accent, could speak French and Russian AND did the Times crossword over breakfast. He topped Poirot every time.
If you, like me, appreciate a gentler more civilised genre of detective fiction then give these books a go. Wonderful characters. Love the policeman. Funny and mysterious with little twists and turns. A riveting listen.
Good but guessed who did it and how from the murder. Still enjoyed it though
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