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When a body is discovered on a rocky little island in the middle of Nethergate Bay, the media swoop on the seaside town. Soon an enquiring hack discovers that local resident Fran Castle has previously aided the police using her psychic abilities.

Brought into the investigation, Fran naturally asks her friend Libby Sarjeant, the middle-aged actress and crime-solver, to help, but they soon find themselves up to their knees in more mud and murder than they could possibly have anticipated.

©2008 Lesley Cookman (P)2009 Soundings

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The most boring murder mystery ever

I tried, but this one’s going back. Two main issues: Dragging, stultifying boredom. Since the opening scene, in which a body is discovered, literally nothing has happened. Now if you are riveted by hearing strangers discuss how they interview for and secured their current jobs, or their living conditions, Buy this one, now! Be warned, however, you must still get through the second issue: The narrator. Granted, she gives a few of these snooze-inducing character normal human voices. However, for the Main Character(I’ve already forgotten her name!-Fran, maybe, or Libby-she goes so high up into the nasal register, that she must have given herself sinus headaches. And just wait until you meet Main Character’s daughter. We are in howler monkey territory with this one. I just cannot. And, people, what about the BODY on the beach?!?! By chapter 6 I really guess we’d all forgotten about it

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  • Ruth
  • 09-15-18

Awful

Dreadful narration, couldn’t continue with the book because of the narration. Don,t buy it

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  • Ms. F. P. Sorbet
  • 09-10-18

Unbearable

Could not bear to listen to this. One woman sounds like a child and another has a very high whiny voice, why would you want to listen to them. Characters boring, no humour, was there any plot, could not get past the awful characters to understand if anything was happening.

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  • Just Ordinary.
  • 02-01-15

A very enjoyable listen

Where does Murder by the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well up in the rankings.

What did you like best about this story?

The way in which it created a believable situation with believable characters.

What about Patience Tomlinson’s performance did you like?

The reader has the power to create or destroy the mental picture of the place and people concerned. Patience Tomlinson created the atmosphere superbly, a really good performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. Just an overall thoroughly good listen.

Any additional comments?

Lesley Cookman tells a good story with believable characters. Will enjoy listening to, as well as reading, all the books in this series.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 01-12-15

enjoyable listen.

Any additional comments?

all the main characters are in here as they move on with their lives.
fran has moved into a cottage in nethergate and libby has written the panto for this year. instead of directing it she wants to play a part in it and is at a loose end not knowing what to do now.
once again the pair are involved in solving a murder and making friends with jane, a reporter on the local newspaper.
this series is getting better as the listener gets more involved with the characters.