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After rising to prominence for his role investigating the case of Jack the Ripper, former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson is now retired. Known for his intelligence, his investigative skills, and most of all his discretion, he's often consulted when a case must be solved quickly and quietly. So when a body is found in the Egyptian collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Wilson is called in. 

As he tries to uncover the identity of the dead man and the circumstances surrounding his demise, Wilson must contend with an unhelpful police inspector and Abigail Fenton, the archaeologist who discovered the body and is determined to protect the Egyptian collection. Can they find a way to work together to solve the mystery?

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Cosy Mystery

I enjoyed the narrator. However, I thought the murderer was much too easy to figure out.

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Good for what it is

I was looking for a light mystery that would fill time, which was exactly what happened here. The mystery itself was actually fairly decently plotted, and I appreciated the Victorian British setting. Its weak points are the characters, with the main male lead being almost too modern-day sensitive guy, and the two sisters being a stab at feminism, which though obviously well-intentioned didn't quite work out so well. The audio narrator had to work with the material he was given, so that the sisters' voices weren't the easiest to get used to. However, that having been said I have purchased and begun listening to the sequel.

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Nasty Heroine

The supposed "heroine" is a harpie whom I hope never to encounter in another book.

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Weak all the way around, and sad to say it.

Unfortunately just quite weak. I really wanted to enjoy this and am looking for great regency mysteries but this is just not it.

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In the cost catagory

I this story was pleasant enough to listen to. Certainly not a cliff hanger. I think that it is exceedingly hard for a male voice to replicate a woman character. I felt the narrator give it his best shot. But because of the tone she came across with less intelligence and insight than the story line implied that she had. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a horse and buggy based era and not to compare the female characters with the modern woman of today. This book was a good bet for a long trip or to listen to while doing house work. It was not dramatic enough to be distracting. And not unpleasant to listen to.

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Not great. The female characters are either nasty and over sensitive or stupid and silly. The story is predictable and the male hero is rather shallow. The narrator made the unlikeable female protagonist even more objectionable by hi snippy delivery of her dialogue. Very disappointing.

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Pretty good story.

I enjoyed the story. It was light and easy to follow. I look forward to seeing where the series goes.

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Captivatingly performed. What a thrill ride.

What a compelling, artful performance of an intriguingly detailed story. I want more of this author and performer. Loved it!

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 11-18-19

Extremely pedestrian

I bought this on the basis of having loved King Street Junior. Sadly, I found this extremely tedious, both the pace of the book and the quality of the narrator left much to be desired. Perhaps for some people it will be an enjoyable and and undemanding listen, but I found it boring and, if I am being completely honest, not actually very good.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 02-09-19

Great listen

I always enjoy mysteries involving egyptology and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
The identify of the killer was predictable but I enjoyed watching Abigail and Daniel puzzle over the crime. I also liked the hint of romance that developed as the story progressed.

The narration was excellent.
I will definitely continue with this series.

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 12-07-19

A Good Start to a New Series

A period murder mystery that could be called Cozy, as there are no ghastly descriptions, no profanities and main character is a "jolly good egg".

One of those novels that is slightly clunky, with a little stretch of imagination required in places owing to the time in which it is set, BUT I am sure will find it's feet and be an interesting series of books.
Not very deep, so good for a long drive where masses of concentration for facts is required.

(Well read, but personally I wish narrators would pronounce it correctly - [Police] CONstable, not cunstable.)

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 09-15-19

Easy listen

Enjoyed listening to this book. Good story. Plot was imaginative and well thought out. No effort required to listen.

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  • WA
  • 08-19-19

Murder at .....

I enjoyed getting to know the two main characters. The plot was engaging enough to keep me listening. I look forward to the next story in this series.

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  • My Idoru
  • 05-07-19

Mesmerizingly dreadful.

Narration by Peter Wickham makes it almost bearable - there really isn't much of a plot, just a series of loosely connected events and characters. I find myself wondering if it was a vanity published title?

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  • Peter B.
  • 06-05-20

Genteel detective story

Genteel story lacking in substance. Characters are rather lacking in personality traits that maintain interest. Unsurprising ending. Not a favourite.

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  • Miriam C.
  • 05-29-20

gentle murder mystery, strong female role

I could listen to this reader do a time table ! The story was neatly conceived and kept the clues coming with a few red herrings added. lovely characterisation throughout. It was a relief to have a mystery murder that provoked more logical thinking than wincing at blood and gore. I liked it because it was neither spellbinding nor gripping, it was a pleasure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-20

easy listening

narrated well, enjoyed listening to the story. Easy to dip in and out of, would recommend.

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  • B. C. Sharp
  • 07-06-20

I really enjoyed this book .

I would recommend this story , easy listening , good bedtime book , very nice .
I have now listened to it a couple of times and enjoyed it very much .

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  • Panthea14
  • 07-17-21

Predictable

It passed a pleasant few hours but the narration, particularly of the female characters, nearly drove me up the wall. The narrator managed to make Abigail, in particular, screechy and hysterical. As a result I just wanted to slap Abigail most of the time.
As far as the story itself went, it was an interesting premise. I like the main character Wilson, but I guess the who dunit by halfway through the book.

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 02-18-19

Annoying narration

The story was okay but the narrator used very annoying strident voices for the female heroine which pretty much ruined it for me. He was fine for the male voices though.