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Snobbery with Violence

An Edwardian Murder Mystery
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Series: Edwardian Murder Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful - if rebellious - Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.

But when Harry is caught between his client's desire for discretion and his suspicion that murder may have been committed, he enlists the help of Superintendent Kerridge of the Scotland Yard and Lady Rose herself.

©2003 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved. (P)2004 BBCA

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 06-26-10

campy cozy

While I'm not a huge fan of Chesney/Beaton's Hamish MacBeth mysteries, I found this novel charming and look forward to the rest in the seies.

The Edwardian setting, the slighly campy tone (enhanced by the author's selection of period quotes to set the theme for each chapter), and the ALMOST tongue-in-cheek narration by the talented Davina Porter made this a jolly listen. You know that Lady Rose and Capt.Cathcart are going to live happily ever after in some distant future, but till then the lightweight sexual tension between the characters keeps you laughing and believing in "ever after." Meantime there is nothing truly dark in this novel to disturb the present moment, if a relaxing listen is what you're after.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Light and amusing series (Book 1)

If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)

I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.

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  • Nancy
  • St Charles, MO, United States
  • 07-01-13

Thoroughly enjoyable cozy

This is an Edwardian era English mystery with lots of intrigue and female "spunk". The mystery is great. I didn't guess, though at one point, I thought about it and dismissed it! The writing is clear and easy to follow. This is an excellent beginning to a series!

The narrator is one of my favorites. I never wondered who was speaking.

Yes, I'd recommend this anyone liking a great cozy English mystery.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Escape!

The rich Edwardian English accents of the reader, Davina Porter, whisk the you away to an England long since gone. The characters are richly developed and entirely believable, if eccentric to our modern temperaments. Marion Chesney includes dashes of humor that lighten the murderous mystery at the manor. Daisy, with her spunk and cockney verage, was my favorite. As maid to the rebellious Lady Rose, she comes to the rescue on several occasions and levels. Loved this story and can't wait for the next!

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  • RBL
  • New Sharon, ME, United States
  • 11-22-11

Great Fun!!!!

I loved it. It is shame the author isn't continuing the story line. I hope she changes her mind.

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A good read

Filled with stories of houseparties
and British society, this is a good typical mystery with fashions and murders.

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Great Edwardian Story

This is a great murder mystery that adds historic culture throughout the book.

Davina Porter makes you feel that you are in the story with these characters. She is such a great Narrator.

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Bit hard to follow to follow at times.

Liked it but not as attention holding as her others. But I still want to finish the series.

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Entertaining book

Really nice book with a lot of potential. Buttttt way to short to make it in to really good mystery book. For me this was an in between book.
The voice of Davina Porter was as usual superb she takes this book to another level.

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davina porter makes the book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

i only recommend books that were particularly enjoyable. this was only ok.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

davina is always excellent

Could you see Snobbery with Violence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

tv maybe