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Luke flung the light of his torch full onto the face of the immobile figure. Then he had the shock of his life. The man had no face! Where his face should have been was a sort of inhuman, uniform blank!

When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle: was this a suicide or something more sinister? Why was the dead man planning to flee the country? And how is this connected to the shady business dealings of the garage?

This classic mystery tale is set amidst the stunning scenery of a small village in the Lake District.

©2014 Martin Edwards (P)2016 Soundings

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More of a Police Procedural than a Mystery

It was pretty good, but don't expect any kind of mystery. It's a procedural that walks you through discoveries, not deductions.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 01-27-16

A Cozy for Guys!

If any guys like to read cozies - for some reason I think of that genre as appealing more to women. It's a long rambling story with lots of detail and a glimpse of the fuel and trucking business and so forth back in the thirties. Much of the book is an account of Inspector Meredith's reasoning about the situation.

Gordon Griffin has a great voice, rather soothing, which is one reason I recommend this book as a good one to put you to sleep at night.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Pay attention !

John Bude is my kind of author. Just try lolling off when you are listening; you will end up having to "rewind" because the details are not just window-dressing.
I also appreciate the narrator.
Thanks Audible !

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't finish

Got about 1/3 through this book and I just couldn't finish. The story was so dull, and I just didn't care who did it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I like details, but ...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Develop real characters. Include a whole lot less tedium.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something by Terry Pratchett to lighten up. Or maybe back to Amelia Peabody for the jillionth time ...

Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favorite?

He did a decent enough job with all the voices, just not a lot to work with. His voice is pleasant enough.

Was The Lake District Murder worth the listening time?

I did listen to it all, but I used it a lot at bedtime to fall right asleep.

Any additional comments?

I love the classic British mystery writers and have no objection to police procedurals, but this was exceedingly plodding and had no real characters. Yawn ... I had hopes of a new discovery with John Bude but was sadly disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-24-16

Interesting reminder of life in the recent past!

What made the experience of listening to The Lake District Murder the most enjoyable?

The slightly-old-fashioned language, the illustrations of everyday life in the 1930's, the meticulous police procedure and an interesting mystery

What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

Nicely paced delivery in a tone which appeared perfectly in keeping/

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable, old-fashioned police crime story, with some twists and turns.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-17

lost it's way !

This start very well but seemed to loose it's way and became quite boring!
I have read others and enjoyed them put would not recommend this particular book.

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 09-28-17

A great listen . loved it!!!!

At last, I feel like I have just heard a great detective story and been able to contribute and follow everything that happens without rewinding parts several times. No gore, no swearing, no nightmares just a refreshing, "page turning" listen.

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  • peebee
  • 10-30-16

not agatha but still intriguing...

a very different style but well worth the effort ...you feel like the detective himself, painstakingly working through the false leads and turns to the logical conclusions

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  • Kathy
  • 07-08-16

Slow and somewhat outdated

Makes a change from the usual detective story. Main character has no flaws, no hidden family secrets and it isn't actually very exciting. But well written and a nice piece of nostalgia.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter Spencer
  • 06-10-16

Begins well, but drags

Interesting start and premise, but too much minute detail- slows pace and sacrifices characterisation for intricate technical details... "Meticulous accounts of painstaking detail" becomes repetitive and is overly complex to be convincing as a real crime...

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  • n j elliot
  • 12-26-17

nicely read, dull characters

Nicely read, dull characters and non gripping story. Not quite agatha Christie. reasonably enjoyable but not a page turner...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jenny
  • 08-02-17

really dreadful

very very boring. I would definitely give less than one star if I could.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • soosie
  • 02-24-17

Tedious in the extreme

This story was so boring I kept tuning out. There were no real characters in the story, it was just boring routine gone over and over while the detective tried one theory after another. No excitement, no real story. I stuck with it, but it was a relief when it ended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Border Reiver
  • 08-05-16

Perfect bed time story

.....but be careful you don't slip into a coma 😆 Boring in the extreme - really didn't care who killed who or why !

0 of 2 people found this review helpful