Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth....
Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past....
Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright....
Duchlan Castle is a gloomy place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her locked bedroom....
Leaving his home and shelving his ambitions aren't the only sacrifices Ben faces. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a effort to save their marriage....
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park....
Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself...
The reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside....
From Anne Cleeland comes a captivating new mystery series following the perilous exploits of two Scotland Yard detectives as they track down London's most elusive killers....
It's 1929, and Ticky Maltravers is the toast of London high society, adored by everyone - or so it seems, until somebody poisons him over dinner....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
Eleanor Trewynn is a widow of some years living in Port Mabyn, a small fishing village in Cornwall, England....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective....
Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble....
Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent....
As friends, the boisterous American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match....
Aunt Bessie assumes that she'll have the beach all to herself on a cold, wet, and windy March morning just after sunrise, then she stumbles (almost literally) over a dead body....
With his superstitious Irish nature, British Detective Joe Rafferty shouldn't be surprised that his first murder case as a newly-promoted Essex detective is a tough one. But the murder victim, whom the media has dubbed "The Faceless Lady", has no ID and has been bludgeoned beyond recognition. She also supposedly had no access to the secure psychiatric facility where her dead body is found. The news media has seized on the case, placing Rafferty in an unwelcome spotlight. His boss, with whom he shares a mutual loathing, would love to see him fail.
And that's not his only little difficulty. Because Detective Rafferty is cursed by a malign fate and with a large family who believe obeying the Law of the Land is optional, Rafferty capitulates to his ma's demand that he does whatever it takes to get his crooked distant cousin out of the pokey in time for his marriage to ma's niece. Successfully accomplishing this sticky maneuver is sure to be challenging, but keeping it downwind of his morally stiff new partner might be a demand too far.
If Rafferty can't spring his cousin in time, his ma's liable to commit murder - his. And if the Faceless Lady's case remains unsolved, the superintendent will black-mark his record so indelibly that his career as a detective will never recover.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would recommend this book because it has twists and turns and lot of suspects.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Most interesting aspect is how some people value family reputation more than doing the right thing.
Have you listened to any of Micheal Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I don't believe so. His diction and emphasis is very good.
Do you think Dead Before Morning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Case solved. No need for a follow up book.
Any additional comments?
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The best thing about this book was the performance and narration. The narration was outstanding and really made the book.
Overall it is a routine murder mystery being investigated by a newly promoted police detective of Irish heritage and his very well educated more upper classed Welsh partner.
The book has English, Welsh, Scot and Irish characters as well working class and upper class characters. The narrator did a superb job with these diverse accents.
The main character, Detective Joe Rafferty comes from a working class Irish family seasoned with a host of petty criminals. His prying interfering matchmaking mother is a real hoot.
Beside solving his first murder case he is expected by his mother to get his cousin's fiancee out of jail before the wedding date.
This was an enjoyable listen and I am looking forward to other books in the series.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Inspector Rafferty is a student of hard knocks, a touch rough around the edges perhaps, while his aide, Sergeant Llewellyn, is the quintessential highbrow intellectual with a university education and a decidedly priggish side. The interplay between the two is endlessly entertaining, often hilarious. They are faced with a corpse without one - a face, that is. A young woman with a mutilated face and no clothes is found dead on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital. Suspects abound: the insufferable Sir Anthony, who runs the hospital and is known for his philandering, various staff members, nurses, even the dead girl's father. The author cleverly provides ample motive for a half a dozen suspects, but they all seem to have solid alibis or other impediments to being the successful denouement of the case.
While trying to solve the murder, Rafferty must also contend with an Irish mother who is trying to marry him off to a distant cousin and yet another distant cousin languishing in jail who expects Rafferty to spring him free. Woe to the poor Inspector!
I just loved this book. The mystery was in the style of Agatha Christie, where plenty of suspects are presented and although one at the end is revealed, it might have been almost anyone else. The charm of the book is the dialog between Rafferty and Llewellyn, who could qualify as the Bertie Wooster and Jeeves of the detective set.
I listened to the newly released audiobook and this made a huge difference. The acting by the reader was superb. His rich voice and varying regional accents were a delight. As an American I can't tell a Welsh accent from a Scottish one despite my mother's maiden name being Welsh. Even so I could certainly enjoy the subtle shift in tone and class between the two detectives, each of whom was given a distinctive voice.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Just a time filler. Characters unappealing.
Nothing to be learned. Does not spark the imagination in any way.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Dead Before Morning the most enjoyable?
I enjoyed the banter between the protagonists and the differences there were in the two investigators. They were very different as is their style/approach and it makes for an enjoyable story.
What did you like best about this story?
I thought that it was a well written and well paced book that gave me information around the case at a steady and realistic pace. I jumped to conclusions throughout and was led to a good ending. I liked the wit of the main two characters.
What does Micheal Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I thought the narration was brilliant. It brings the characters to life and Micheal's voice was easy and enjoyable to listen to.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed plenty of times and I thought that although the plot is dark the humour around / from the detectives really makes it an enjoyable book
Any additional comments?
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For the first in the series, this is pretty bad. I'm hoping that the others pick up a little and get more interesting. I don't mind police procedure and I welcome a novel that is heavy on police procedures giving it a realistic feel. However I do mind when it is filled mostly with the imaginations, feelings, suppositions, & innuendo of the lead character. He is flawed, but not in an engaging way. Not also in a malignant way, but just in a tedious way!
There was insufficient body or depth to the story and perhaps, realistically, just focusing on one person because he didn't like him! Notwithstanding that you didn't see or experience too much of the other enquires that were supposedly being made, so how, in the last paragraphs of the last chapter, he was able to say "X did it!" I have no idea!
It was a bit of a feeble ending, to be honest, a feeble ending to a feeble story. I hope that the other novels in this series are far better. If they are not, then the next one will be my last.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful