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Jessica Fletcher is invited to ring in the New Year with British aristocracy. Too bad someone's about to end the life of the party....

Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden.

While their host, Lord Norrance, his snobbish third wife, other members of the household, and party guests squabble over the tragic death in tight-lipped, perfectly mannered, thoroughly British style, family relations are strained as old wounds are reopened and cutting remarks are freely handed out. And that's only during teatime!

As midnight beckons at the ball the next night, the earl offers a toast, complete with fireworks. But the merriment crashes to a halt when he falls ill and dies, apparently poisoned - and the number of suspects with a grudge against the lord of the manor sprouts like English ivy.

Now it's up to Jessica and George to find the killer - or killers - before another corpse welcomes in the New Year....

©2014 Universal Studios Licensing LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with NAL Signet, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

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Best one I've read

I've listened to probably half of the books in this series and I think this is my favorite so far. Great story line.

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 10-13-15

ALWAYS LOVED THIS SERIES!

As good as ever. Good writer and good performance. The mystery is quite intriguing and satisfying.

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  • David Scott
  • spokane valley, wa United States
  • 09-23-15

GOT JESSICA ....

great story line ... it's hard to choose a favorite ... whether in the states or abroad. ... guaranteed that JESSICA will find herself in another murderous situation

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Death of a blue blood

I really enjoyed this book. When watching Murder She Wrote on tv I prefer the setting to be Cabot Cove. But when listening to it I enjoy traveling with Jessica to various parts of the world. The narrator doesn't sound like Jessica Fletcher to me but she's good at doing the other voices.

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What's not to love?!

Donald Bain's Murder She Wrote novels are always reliably good cozy mysteries and this one is no exception. Sandra Burr does an excellent job on the narration. I really enjoyed this one but I generally like all in this series

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Disappointing Narration

The narration disappointed. Darlow performed, Burr just reads aloud, and not well. Fun story, though.

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  • Carolyn
  • Crystal, MN, United States
  • 04-04-16

Not Angela Lansbury but...

Sandra Burr is not Angela Lansbury but she is easy to listen to and a fun story to listen to.

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Good story bad storyteller

Sandra Burr has a horrible British accent. It really ruins the book as it is set in Britain.

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Really good book.

really good book. hope more are listed. I've listened to all of them so far.