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The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks Audiobook

The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks

Understandably, Lord Burford had some misgivings about hosting another house party at Alderley, his beautiful country mansion. After all, the previous two could at best be described as disastrous, since a couple of their guests were bumped off during their stay on each occasion. But with family members travelling down for the funeral of an elderly relative, the Earl really had no choice but to offer them accommodation.
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Understandably, Lord Burford had some misgivings about hosting another house party at Alderley, his beautiful country mansion. After all, the previous two could at best be described as disastrous, since a couple of their guests were bumped off during their stay on each occasion. But with family members travelling down for the funeral of an elderly relative, the Earl really had no choice but to offer them accommodation.

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...

©2006 The Estate of James Anderson;

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    Virginia Waldron 04-11-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining Escapism"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary 11-12-11
    Hilary 11-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Relaxing entertainment"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M 09-13-11
    M 09-13-11
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    "Absolutely delightful listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Cornelius Garrett???s performance did you like?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Please audible - do give us more from this mystery series a true delight!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne 03-02-15
    Yvonne 03-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "wish James Anderson had more titles"

    I have enjoyed James Anderson''s three titles immensely and wish there were more. the performer was great.

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    Poppisima The United States of America 05-14-15
    Poppisima The United States of America 05-14-15
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    "Amazing and funny, full of period detail"

    If Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse had collaborated on a mystery novel, this would have been the result. Great fun!

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  • Lorna
    High Wycombe, buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    11/17/10
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    "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.

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  • Ginger
    1/26/16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carôle
    Kent, United Kingdom
    1/7/16
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    "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!

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    Anglesey
    12/15/15
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    "P.G. Wodehouse meets Dorothy Sayers. And she loses"
    If you could sum up The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks in three words, what would they be?

    Jolly good fun.


    What other book might you compare The Affair of the Thirty Nine-Cufflinks to, and why?

    Reminds me of Wodehouse's 'Blandings' stories, only with murder. Convoluted and fantastically silly


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Loved any scene involving anyone trying to explain anything to Penny.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me only to laughter


    Any additional comments?

    Dashing good blarney. Spiffing plot.

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