An English Murder

Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A country-house murder-mystery classic, as a party of people find themselves snowed in on Christmas Eve with a murderer among them....  

The snow is thick, the phone line is down, and no one is getting in or out of Warbeck Hall. All is set for a lovely Christmas, with friends and family gathered round the fire, except as the bells chime midnight, a murder is committed. 

But who is responsible? The scorned young lover? The lord's passed-over cousin? The social-climbing politician's wife? The Czech history professor? The obsequious butler? 

And perhaps the real question is: Can they survive long enough to find out?

©1951 Charles Gordon Clark (P)2019 Tantor

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Comfortable, safe, satisfying

The copyright is 1951, but it felt more like listening to a currently written historical mystery. It takes a long time for the murder to take place, however, I like authors who set the scene, especially if the characters are interesting. It's not brilliant, but I gave it five stars, perhaps because I am weary of the current thriller formula in vogue. I am going to continue with this author, I hope audible continues to add to the collection.

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Great Story. Give the Reader Time to Grow on You.

This one had been in my Wish List for a while before I finally clicked “Complete Purchase”. On the one hand, I’ve heard many good things about Cyril Hare’s work. On the other hand, I’ve heard Chris MacDonnell’s reading of Mallory’s Le Morte D’Arthur. Granted, his somewhat plodding, even delivery worked for that more-than-somewhat plodding book. But what about a witty, erudite, urbane Golden Age murder mystery?

Listening to the first chapter or two on the train home from work, I resolved to return An English Murder as soon as I got there. MacDonnell’s distinctive accent inhabits the voice of every character, male or female, sometimes making distinctions difficult. But then the story started to develop; characters revealed themselves; their interrelations became more complex and intriguing. Even MacDonnell’s flat-footed delivery couldn’t hide the sheer entertainment value of Hare’s writing. I was hooked.

And, once I was hooked, I didn't mind MacDonnell's performance. Then I started to enjoy it. Once the story was over, I started it again to remind myself how the whole mystery began. And, lo and behold, I realized MacDonnell hadn't gotten better as the story progressed; his signature low-key delivery had been there all along. I might try Tragedy at Law after all.

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Great story, on par with Christie

Great story, on par with Christie. A cozy, funny mystery, which keeps you guessing until the end.

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Good country house mystery

Formulaic but entertaining and kept me guessing. Family gathering in country home for the lord's last Christmas

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An excellent cozy mystery

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. An engaging story and just the thing for a long plane ride. Recommended!

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Cute

One thing… You will have to speed up the narrative. I put mine at 1.5..Otherwise it just drags out

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Have loved Cyril Hare's books but not this one

I have read several of Hare's books - in text - and enjoyed them all. I thought I'd give this one a try as I love audiobooks. Wow. After 2.5 hours of listening to obnoxious and detestable characters dominate the story I asked myself if I really wanted to spend any more time with these people. NO. The death of the most detestable character didn't even help. So, happily I am returning this book.

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Good English Country House Mystery

Glad to have discovered this author. Have to rely on older works to avoid today's ubiquitous profanity and graphic content.