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  • A Demon Summer

  • A Max Tudor Mystery, Book 4
  • By: G.M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

The powerful Lord complains loudly to the local bishop, who asks Father Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, to investigate. Just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well. Can Max Tudor solve the case and restore order in time to attend his own nuptials?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for all cozy enthusiasts--

  • By Byron on 11-01-14

Fr Max Tudor unravels the mystery of the human heart

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Each Malliet mystery is more tangled touching and terrifying than its predecessor! Fr. Max grows more compelling and more convincing as a priest and a detective. And the cast of characters manages to be both quirky and believable. I thoroughly enjoy this mystery series.

  • A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia

  • A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure, Book 1
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

It's 1929, and Ticky Maltravers is the toast of London high society, adored by everyone - or so it seems, until somebody poisons him over dinner. Now it turns out that numerous people with secrets to hide had every reason to wish him dead. But which of them murdered him? For Freddy Pilkington-Soames, newspaper reporter and man-about-town, the question hits a little too close to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freddy is Back

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-07-17

Author & narrator present a fun and intriguing mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I’m sooo glad that I found this new series—the characters are quirky but aren’t caricatures. InitiallyFreddy P-S looks like he’s silly enough to be right out of PG Woodhouse but he’s got brains & a heart. Pre-WW2 London is brought to life with a deft hand. A delightful performance by Gethyn Edwards. Each character has his/her distinctive personality & voice. I thoroughly enjoyed the story!

  • Black & Blue

  • Lord & Lady Hetheridge Volume 4
  • By: Emma Jameson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Modern art dealer Granville Hardwick has a way with people - a way of making them wish he were dead. His London gallery is filled with works of questionable merit, his dating pool consists of other men's wives, and his home is the eyesore of a fine old neighborhood. So when Hardwick turns up dead, bashed on the head by a rather tasteless reproduction, it's Hetheridge and his new bride, Kate, who embark on solving the case

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha Christie lives again

  • By Arline H. Burnell on 02-17-16

A fascinating cast of characters—this series never disappoints

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Emma Jameson’s Lord & Lady Hetheridge are an unlikely couple who manage to be brilliantly believable. It’s a Cinderella story set amidst the “Toft Squad” of Scotland Yard. Tony, Kate & their quirky colleagues tackle high profile murder cases which require tact as well as talent.
If you enjoy a baffling mystery set amidst the titled & entitled this series is your cup of tea.

  • Death at the Dolphin

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death - and one of Marsh’s most vivid and dramatic novels. When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Marsh

  • By Drwo on 09-07-16

Ngaio Marsh revels in the world of the theater

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-17

A classic English mystery with unexpected twists and turns. Peregrine Jay is a fascinating and charming protagonist who works well with Inspector Allen. There is something almost mystical about an abandoned, bombed out theater struggling to be reborn. The reader experiences "The Dolphin" as an actual character with moods and secrets and dreams.
The actors who people Marsh's mystery are believable and often hilarious. Ngaio Marsh clearly knows the nuts and bolts of producing a play. Nothing in this novel is predictable.

  • A Man Lay Dead

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Upper Crust Mystery

  • By Laurence G. Byrne on 02-25-16

A great example of the classic “murder at the manor “

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Ngaio Marsh invites us to join a fascinating cast of characters as they play “Murder” during a weekend in Sir Hubert’s country home. Predictably, the game turns deadly but the plot’s twists and turns were unexpected. Inspector Alleyn is, as always, urbane, witty, brilliant AND very human. Philip Frank’s performance is a delight. Each character’s voice is unique and consistent. Frank always manages to resist caricature. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!