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Publisher's Summary

When country milkman Martin Snell makes his usual delivery to Celandine Cottage one spring morning in Kent, he expects to be greeted by the cottage's sensual and seductive tenant, Gabriella Patten, not by the charred remains of fire pointing to murder.

The suspicious remains bring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers out of their London territory and into conflict with the local investigator. Treading carefully, they begin investigating the ripples of shock spreading outward from the crime: from Gabriella Patten's husband to Kenneth Fleming, a member of the national cricket team, and his estranged wife, whose hopes for a reconciliation have been permanently smashed; from a wealthy widow who has allowed a much younger man to live his dream of playing cricket, to her wayward daughter, faced with a devastating choice.

All of England, as well as the magnetic world of national cricket, soon discovers itself reeling from the shock of this particular crime, and Lynley and Havers find themselves working the most frustrating - and politically dangerous - case of their careers.

©1994 Susan Elizabeth George (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Andre
  • Ithaca, NY, United States
  • 06-29-05

Good Story, but...

A good story, but it was a shame to have to listen to an abridged version. The novels written by Elizabeth George are so commplex and subtle, that a more complete version is a fundamental requirement.

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Narration getting better....but the awful music!

I've resigned myself to getting the abridged versions, all narrated at high speed by Jacbi. I can choose a slower speed but can't control the sometimes terrible production values (thus one was. OK) but the musuc--often played over the dialogue is distracting, and often dreadful. Don't they ever listen to their own productions???

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Wonderful read

This is a "can't put it down" book. So well written. I could not guess who had down the awful deed until the very end. The narrator is brilliant; makes the book very exciting.

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Abridged to the point of confusion!

I was so bummed that so much of this story was missing - it made much more sense when I read the book. The audio book didn't actually explain all the threads of the mystery - there's a whole alibi that never got checked/explained. Loved the book and the performance. Very disappointed in the missing pieces.

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  • Susan S.
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 07-20-10

Playing for Ashes

Awful sound quality, and the music in between chapters was incredibly distracting. Even the story was good, this was a let-down after listening to This Body of Death.

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  • Sandra
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • 01-27-10

What a Narrator!!

Derek Jacobi is a fine actor and a great narrator. He can act out all the voices, even the women's voices. I'll listen to anything he reads.