• Murder at St Anne's

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 7
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Murder at St Anne's

By: J. R. Ellis
Narrated by: Michael Page
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Publisher's Summary

Winter, snow, murder—and a centuries-dead suspect.

In the chilly depths of a Yorkshire winter, a well-liked rector is found bludgeoned to death in her own church. With no sign of a murder weapon, local superstition quickly pins the blame on the ghost of a medieval monk believed to haunt the building...

Well accustomed to unusual murder investigations, DCI Jim Oldroyd takes on the case, along with his assistant, Sergeant Andy Carter, but they are hampered at every turn by the deepening snow and the threat of the supernatural. Even as possible motives and opportunities begin to reveal themselves, Oldroyd struggles to find a better suspect than the hooded phantom.

Has Oldroyd really found himself in the midst of a Gothic ghost story, or is there a very real killer at large? Spectre or otherwise, it soon becomes apparent that the murderer is not yet finished. And, for Oldroyd, it’s about to become personal...

©2021 J. R. Ellis (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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not spooky

Saying the word "spooky" over and over does not create a spooky atmosphere. Author is trying to set us up to feel a dark, mysterious atmosphere but telling us what to feel is a lot different than creating atmosphere through description. One chapter in and we've been entertained with the joke "can't put handcuffs on a ghost" twice.

Writers of contemporary mysteries could easily learn proper dialogue for police questioning. This writer didn't bother. The formula for a mystery is here but lazily implemented.

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meh

I don’t read murder mystery fiction to learn about God. Neither am I interested in hearing the author banging on and on about people’s sexual preferences and whether or not they should be accepted by society. It’s not that these things aren’t important to me, it’s just that this is not the proper platform. This book is a Murder Mystery and would’ve been a wonderful murder mystery if not for the blathering about God and sexual preferences for hours. It almost feels as if the author is trying to prove to the world that he / she is not a homophobe. (Michael Page does an outstanding job as narrator!)

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Totally Satisfying Read

I was drawn right into the mystery. It was good all the way through. I wanted to know the ending but didn’t want it to come to an end!

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Not bad

I thought the story was good with lots of plot twist and a spookish feel.

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Preachiness gets old

Each book in the series has moved toward preaching politics and unending lectures. First few books were enjoyable. Others are to be endured.

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To much social moralizing.

This is not a book to be read for escape from contemporary issues, which is what I’m looking for. It offers a heavy dose of today’s in-your-face debates about feminism and gay issues. It’s ironic that it revolved around a rector in the Church of England, because the book itself is one long sermon.

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Love this series!

I found this author through my Kindle Unlimited and Audible subscriptions. I have listened to every book in this series and loved them all. I like the characters and enjoy that their lives are progressing throughout the series. It makes it almost feel like I am catching up with friends I have not seen for a while. The mysteries are satisfying and well thought out. I would recommend these to people who enjoy British mysteries and/or cozy mysteries.

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Not your usual mystery

Quite brave of the author taking on the conservative wing of Christianity in this reactionary day and age. Bravo. The mystery itself was moderately interesting and plausible but the meat here is forthright criticism of sexism and homophobia in Christian churches. Unfortunately those who need it most will not likely read this.

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Good story

THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE STORY. Love British mysteries! Good narrator! Kindle unlimited lets me enjoy many. many books because.I am 81 and on limited income and can't afford getting books without Kindle Unlimited,

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Ghosts and murderers in the old church!

The books in this series have a great twist where they are usually impossible murders that have ties to old legents, myths, books and maps. It gives them an old-fashioned, rural feel even though the stories are contemporary. Detective Oldroyd is the perfect inspector for the job since he has a love of old literature and Yorkshire history and loves to dig into the facts and solve puzzling mysteries. Murder in St. Anne's has ties to ghost story writer MR James with a supposed ghostly monk killing people in gruesome but impossible ways around the St. Anne's church. As usual with a British cozy mystery, there are lots of colorful characters, each with a potential motive for killing the others. The plot is people driven rather than evidence driven. At least the number of suspects is narrowed down when people start dying! The dark, cold and nasty winter weather sets a nice stage for a haunted, ancient church mystery and Oldroyd's relationship with his dedicated team of detectives and his eccentric boss add to the depth and authenticity of the story. I always get the audible version of his books because the narration by Michael Page is spot-on perfect. He does all the voices very well and you can tell who is speaking. I look forward to the book 7, although JR Ellis always makes us wait too long!

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  • 02-05-22

Sorry the narrator spoiled this

I quite enjoyed the story, a little clunky at times, with too much discursive conversation to advance the plot lines but interesting.
But the narrator is awful. The accents were terrible, the homeless guy was the worst, the female characters were all
equally poor.
Spoiled the whole book for me.

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  • Pauline Colsey
  • 12-29-21

A rant!

I just wanted a good whodunnit to read over the Christmas period. What I got was a continuing rant about the supposedly unfair treatment of women in the Church and attitudes to homosexuality and it spoiled the book for me. Didn't even finish it as in the end I simply didn't care whodunnit. Very disappointing, the Authors previous books I have enjoyed.

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  • Jane Shepherd
  • 02-23-22

Good for J R Ellis

I’m surprised not to say revolted by the female critics of this novel. I was extremely pleased by the theme of anger against misogyny and homophobia and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the attitudes of the police characters. Personally I’m an atheist and I think I came out of the womb waving a flag for Womens Lib (albeit in 1947 this movement hadn’t yet begun). There’s nothing wrong with authors having a strong point of view defending the rights of women and gays and including this in their novels. The story is well plotted and written and I felt I was there in the snow watching the characters interact. Good for you J R Ellis.

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  • smartie
  • 02-16-22

ENTHRILLING

ENTHRING MURDER MYSTERY Which REFLECTS SOME MYSOGENITIC VIEWS Of the Church in SOCIETY TODAY .
BRILLIANTLY WRITTTEN

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  • Elizabeth590
  • 02-04-22

Far too much Woke Lecturing

I enjoyed the story, it kept me wanting to listen but I did not enjoy the Woke lecturing tone running through it. it felt like someone constantly lecturing in the background. I bought the book as I enjoyed The Jingling Pot so much but that was simply a good tale not a guide to woke thinking. I also have bought the Whitby Murders and look forward to listening. I do hope I am in for a good murder story again and not about to be lectured.

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  • Jenni
  • 01-28-22

This is number 7

I've just finished number seven in the series. I have found that each one has a difficult plot, then you have all the suspects lined up with various clues along the way. If you enjoy Agatha Christie books you will love this one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-22

Tedious

Very un-subtle constant references to MR James. Pedestrian story, one dimensional characters and one of the worst narrators I've had the misfortune to hear. Someone should explain to him about slowing down, looking at the punctuation and using expression. Characters' voices were awful. Sorry, but a definite thumbs down.

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  • elizabeth
  • 02-17-22

First time audio book

Great story as always by this author. Highly recommend. First time listening to an audio book . Impressed .

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  • maureen little
  • 02-12-22

Great book

Just couldn't put it down what a great book
So exiting keeps you thinking all the way through

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  • SD
  • 02-02-22

i needed something light and it is

sorry is ok, didn't give me much thrill but didn't give much to complain

one thing which irritated me was overuse word "partner" even characters taking about their husband or wife, keep using partner

lector voice for female characters sound little bit creepy, but except this detail is very pleasant to listen

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  • 06-16-22

Worst narrator

I liked the storyline but it’s a bit amateurish especially in the dialogue. The narrator is just awful

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  • Micky
  • 01-17-22

Churches need reforming

I really enjoyed this book and the underlying reason of the killers motive and how they need to embrace change and accept all walks of life just as Jesus did

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-08-21

Very ordinary

Oh dear this is so slow so dull so BEIGE
NO excitement it just doesn’t pull you in. The narrator Michael Page has a great voice but the writing is so bad listening becomes tedious. Don’t bother.