Murder at Lowry House

Hazel Martin Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Series: Hazel Martin Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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When mystery novelist Hazel Martin receives a secretive letter from an old friend who suspects her relatives have murderous intentions, she packs her bags and heads to the country.

Tampered medications, symptoms of poisoning, and suspicious accidents all add up to attempted murder, and it's up to Hazel and her Siamese cat, Dickens, to sniff out the clues. But with a house full of relatives who all have motives, will Hazel be able to unmask the culprit before things turn deadly?

USA Today best-selling author Leighann Dobbs brings back the spirit of the golden age of mysteries in this classic whodunit set in the 1920s.

©2017 Leighann Dobbs (P)2017 Tantor
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Enjoyable cozy

If you are looking for something light and entertaining, this might be it. I was unfamiliar with Leighann Dobbs, the author, so got this based on some good reviews.

Hazel Martin is a widow and writer of mystery novels. Her elderly friend (very wealthy, naturally) seeks her help in trying to figure out who among the relatives who stand to inherit her money might be trying to get her out of the way prematurely.

The book is not heavy-weight reading (listening) but it does summon up some of the fun from the classic “between the wars” British mysteries. Hazel uses her experiences as a writer, thinking what her detectives would do, to help her find the clues she needs. She has a cat named Dickens who has accompanied her to this house. And it turns out that she knows the inspector, who of course values her assessment of the case.

A nice little cozy and a decent mystery—plenty of clues for the listener to keep up with. Recommend.

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even better narrated

I read the book and found it just ok, then I purchased the audible version, don't ask why, and I enjoyed it 100 times more. glad I gave it a second chance.

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Too clear to be a mystery

I liked the story, but it was kind of clear since the begining of it. It also delved into very unneeded details.

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Great start to a new series

This was a great start to a new series. The characters are well developed and likable. I highly recommend this to cozy mystery fans.

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Predictable but fun

I knew the end at the beginning but it was a fun listen! So enjoy!

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Great cozy

What a great fun mystery! The story was well developed and the narration added a pleasant feel to the listen. And of course the ending: was there a killer? Who did it? What was a real clue?

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I loved it

I've listened to several books my Leigh Ann Dobbs. This is one of my favorites.

Hazel is invited to Lowry House for a birthday party. Unfortunately someone is trying to kill the birthday lady. Hazel is on the case with her bossy car dickens. lol Will she find the killer in time?

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Excellent narrator made all the difference to this prolific author’s creative efforts

The quality of narration by the voice artist increased the enjoyment of this new series by prolific author Leighann Dobbs.

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Modern dialog in a period novel

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This was a mildly enjoyable novel of the type I enjoy. The story was good, but the dialog was out of sync at times with a 1920's English country house. I found it jarring. There are others, such as the Royal Spyness or Daisy Dalrymple, that I enjoy very much. This was a shade off.

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Too formulaic h

I guessed whodunit from the beginning. A lot was very obvious. Characters were flat. Though set in the 20s, there was no historical accuracy and the language was not from the 20s.

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  • Ann Marie Shepherd
  • 10-14-17

Hazel Martin mysterys a must read!

excellent storyline and storytelling well worth the time to listen. kept me interested all the way through, period details and settings brilliantly correct.

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  • J. Bolton
  • 03-27-18

Story spoilt by incorrect details.

There are no blue jays in England and water comes out of a tap not a faucet.
These errors highlighted that the author is American and spoiled the otherwise good story.

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 10-17-17

Predictable but fun!

A nice fun cosy mystery set in the 20’s. Hardly a challenge in terms of the ‘who done it’, but still a pleasant listen!