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Publisher's Summary

When an American multi-millionaire is keen to buy an Elizabethan manor, she comes up against fierce opposition from a young boy, Jay, and his band of bowmen, who are prepared to defend the manor and its nonagerian owner against all comers. It seems likely that that behind a monumental, 17th-century carving, by the hand of Gerard Christmas, lies a hoard of treasure.

©2011 Michael Innes (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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Not An Appleby Book but an intriguing listen

What made the experience of listening to Christmas at Candleshoe the most enjoyable?

The reader

Has Christmas at Candleshoe turned you off from other books in this genre?

It is not in the genre that I expected - not a whodunnit with Inspector Appleby investigating.

Have you listened to any of Matt Addis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and he is equally good here. He brings the characters and settings to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No - it was intriguing.

Any additional comments?

If you would like a well-written piece of eloquent whimsy set in two British country houses then you'll enjoy this. If you want a murder mystery (as advertised when I bought it) you'll be disappointed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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not an appleby, but fun anyway

Would you listen to Christmas at Candleshoe again? Why?

yes, I'd like to get all the characters straight in my mind. Plus ending is a humdinger.

Any additional comments?

This book is classified as an Inspector Appleby book. It isn't. However the characters are great fun. The plot is similar to the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books we read as children in the old days.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • St. Clair, MI, United States
  • 01-11-15

Pleasant surprise

This is not an Inspector Appleby mystery or a Christmas story as I expected, but I enjoyed it anyway. There were a couple of slow, sort of rambling, parts, but the story is worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sweet.

It has nothing to do with Christmas the holiday but a nice little fanciful mystery. I really enjoyed listing to this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • C.
  • 12-17-15

Slow moving

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Very difficult to get through. Slow moving. Plot did not grab my interest. Can I return this book?
I did very much like the narrators voices for all the characters. I will look for books narrated by Matt Addis.

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  • Aspiring Bookworm
  • 04-14-13

A strange tale.

I had to listen to this audiobook twice to check that i hadn't misheard it. It is a surreal story, being a mixture of a Bertie Wooster era and more modern day times. The characters are not extremely clear, the 'gung ho' nature of the tale being more obvious. This audiobook is what might be described as a 'ripping yarn' and fulfils this remit. I would recommend it as a fireside tale on a dark night but not for the beach!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadina Vasileva
  • 04-13-13

Not sure what this book was supposed to be

I downloaded this book as part of the advent calendar in the build up to Christmas, 2012. The title given implied that this is a mystery, particularly "An Inspector Appleby Mystery", but not much mystery here and certainly there was no Inspector Appleby. I think Audible basically destroyed this book with this misleading title. I started off listening to it, expecting any moment the book to turn into the promised mystery and Inspector Appleby to make an appearance. However, as it turned out, nothing of the sort was going to happen. So I was left half bewildered, half confused about what has happened. In the meanwhile the superb writing style and dialogue and the tapestry of the real story almost passed me by. I wish I hadn't started listening to it with the wrong impression and had the chance to enjoy the real book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-12

No inspector here.

What an enjoyable few hours I have had listening to this recording, It is not as described as there was no Inspector Appleby in the recording at all. What there was ,was a book that was very different to what I had expected and I enjoyed it, even though I had guessed the end it was still fun getting there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms
  • 12-24-12

What an unexpected gem!

I bought this because it was on the "advent calendar", not normally the sort of book I would choose, especially as it was only 6 hours longs and I like my books to last me a bit longer. I was pleasantly surprised as it started, the narrator had a voice that made you want to keep listening and I was drawn into the world of the book from the start.

The story was good and not as predictable as I thought it would be, I kept listening to the end and next time I am looking for a book, I might go back to this author especially if the same narrator is reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Leona
  • 12-24-12

Christmas at Candleshoe: An Inspector Appleby Myst

I got this book as one of the Audible Christmas advent calendar buys, I wouldn't normally choose a period crime/detective thriller but am thoroughly glad I did. Initially I struggled with the dialogue but with Matt Addis's expert narrating I found myself enjoying the authors superb story telling and was soon transported into Candleshoe Manor and immersed in the strange goings on there. Perhaps because I'm new to Michael Innes's writing I wasn't sure what to expect, but he wove a superb mystery; I fluctuated between wondering if the Chadleshoe residents were real and if Jay was normal. This wasn't a passive listen, I was kept guessing and conjecturing and would recommend this audio book to any one who enjoys a well written mystery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew Savage
  • 12-10-17

Drones on and on.

Just drones on and on and on. The reader's o.k but the story takes along time to get anywhere and is not interesting.

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  • Mr. Ian P. Sowden
  • 01-01-17

wonderfully eccentric totally absurd

This utterly English, combination of erudite Ealing comedy, schoolboy thriller and fairytale gets better with each listening.

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  • Mark
  • 01-12-13

OK, where exactly is Inspector Appleby?

An interesting and nicely read tale but I failed to see why it is nominated "An Inspector Appleby Mystery" as there was neither mystery nor any sign of Inspector Appleby.

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  • Mrs
  • 01-01-13

Pretty old fashioned

Took too long to get tot he story line, got bored of it pretty quickly.

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  • Miss M. A. Lloyd
  • 12-27-12

Need sleep-try this

I was really looking forward to this audio book,unfortunately I was really disappointed. I don't think it's the narrators fault,it's the story,it really does not grab you at all. In fact I fell asleep long before the end.