• Murder at Mallowan Hall

  • Phyllida Bright Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Cambridge
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tucked away among Devon's rolling green hills, Mallowan Hall combines the best of English tradition with the modern conveniences of 1930. Housekeeper Phyllida Bright, as efficient as she is personable, manages the large household with an iron fist in her very elegant glove. In one respect, however, Mallowan Hall stands far apart from other picturesque country houses....

The manor is home to archaeologist Max Mallowan and his famous wife, Agatha Christie. Phyllida is both loyal to and protective of the crime writer, who is as much friend as employer. An aficionado of detective fiction, Phyllida has yet to find a gentleman in real life half as fascinating as Mrs. Agatha's Belgian hero, Hercule Poirot. But though accustomed to murder and its methods as frequent topics of conversation, Phyllida is unprepared for the sight of a very real, very dead body on the library floor....

It soon becomes clear that the victim arrived at Mallowan Hall under false pretenses during a weekend party. Now, Phyllida not only has a houseful of demanding guests on her hands - along with a distracted, anxious staff - but hordes of reporters camping outside. When another dead body is discovered - this time, one of her housemaids - Phyllida decides to follow in M. Poirot's footsteps to determine which of the Mallowans' guests is the killer.

©2021 Colleen Cambridge (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Not for me

I kept waiting for this book to get better but it never did. The lead character thinks too highly of herself which is extremely off putting. I found her annoying and tiresome.

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An Appealing First Book of a new series

Murder at Mallowen Hall makes one feel as though she is absorbed into an Agatha Christie mystery with the character of Agatha also in the room. Mrs. Bright, the very capable housekeeper and sleuth lit up the book. Looking forward to the next in the series

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Note to narrator

Swallow your spit! No one wants to hear you talk with a mouthful of saliva.

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Captivating till the very end

I very much enjoyed a well thought out plot and developed characters. Although there were a number of characters the author helped me keep them all straight. Clever storyline that kept me in suspense.

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Annoying on multiple levels, did not finish

This sounded like a book I would love. But, the story drags with lots and lots of unnecessary description, the main character acts out of character for her role and pulls stupid moves constantly, and the narrator speaks like she has marbles in her mouth. After 4 hours, I gave up. It is not worthy of association with Agatha Christie

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Murder at Mallowan Hall

I could almost believe Agatha Christie wrote the book herself!! I loved it! I will continue on with the series!!

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Well done Mrs Bright

Interesting characters, good story and excellent narration. I'm really ooking forward to the next one!

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A unusual but totally fun mystery

What fun to read an Agatha Christie mystery where Agatha is but a minor character, and her housekeeper with a mysterious background is the clever sleuth.
i enjoyed listening to this audiobook as well because the narrator was very good.

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Original and clever premise

Fun, atmospheric, well structured mystery in the style of Agatha Christie but still manages to be contemporary in its sentiment. I immediately looked for other books by this author.
Narrator was brilliant.