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Publisher's Summary

The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck. Rex Ransom, his favourite star from the 'talkies', and his hot-shot producer, Haggermeir, want to film their next feature at Alderley, the family's seventeenth-century country estate.

Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd. And before long the guest list grows to include two of their wilful daughter Lady Geraldine's dubious suitors, a long-lost cousin, a sultry femme fatale, a bespectacled librarian, an eccentric screenwriter, and a professional blackmailer.

It's almost too much for Merryweather, the family's imperturbable butler, to cope with. And that's before there's a murder in the dead of night. Inspector Wilkins must unravel the baffling mystery - and work out just what a mutilated mink coat has to do with anything.

©1981 Estate of James Anderson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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More James Anderson please!

If you could sum up The Affair of the Mutilated Mink in three words, what would they be?

Classic British mystery, the manor house, country setting, the complete package.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Geraldine, although a period character she still felt fresh, plausible as a person.

What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

Smooth delivery

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Its just enjoyable - an easy listen.

Any additional comments?

Pleast get more from this authers or similiar authors.

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I love this book!

Great pacing, fabulous narrator, so many twists and turns. Plus it is VERY rated G! Super clean. Why can't all books be like this?

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Author hit his satirical stride

I love all the references to other detectives in this book. I enjoyed the first book but this one was even more tongue in cheek and was funny while maintaining the mystery plot line,

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Solid period mystery

Some of the other reviews I've read suggested this book wasn't as good as his others, but I liked it. Good story with lots of twists to keep you guessing. The mystery was intriguing and the character plots detailed and complex.
The narration was excellent.

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Screwball mystery

A funny take on a classic house party detective story, complete with poking fun at famous fictional detectives. The plot is elaborate and silly, but that’s just part of the entertainment. Cornelius Garrett reads it excellently. Light fun.

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  • MT
  • 09-07-22

fun fiction

This series is a lot of fun, but you do have to appreciate fiction as fiction. There's nothing very realistic here, but there's a lot going on and it will keep you guessing. I love the references to other fictional golden age detectives!
The narration is pretty good as well.

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Great Series, too bad there's only 3 books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and this series. The storyline is clever and the characters are believable. The narration is perfect and I have gotten other books by this narrator just because I love his voices, he doesn't make female voices caricatures and the variety of male voices is really very good. He's a winner!

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Fun to Read!

loved this book and the one before in the series. light hearted, funny mystery with lots of great twists.

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A REALLY ENTERTAINING NOVEL

I'd never read JA before and I am glad to have found him now. This novel is very entertaining - the plotting is uniquely complex but satisfying and surprising in the various denouements. The characters are well drawn and the dialogue is excellent, there is one scene I thought was fairly clunky but when the plot had fully unfolded I saw why it had been drawn that way. He leaves many loose ends on the way through the tale and then delights in wrapping each of them up nicely. Also his reluctant detective is a refreshing break from Alleyn, Poirot, Wimsey, and Appleby - his Golden Age contemporaries. Highly recommended and I am into the next book!

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Plot took too long to develop

The book started out ok with a few humorous sections sprinkled throughout. But I soon lost interest because the plot took too long to develop especially when I could guess where it was heading. Therefore, I ended up skipping to the end which always spoils a book for me. I did like the narrator though and thought he did a good job with the multiple characters. I really wanted to like this second installment in the series of 3 and probably will not purchase the third because I fear it will be the same.

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  • S. J. MacDonald
  • 12-02-15

Thoroughly enjoyable

What did you like most about The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot but most of all the humour, with Chief Detective Inspector Wilkins a very engaging character.

What other book might you compare The Affair of the Mutilated Mink to, and why?

This is firmly rooted in the golden age and even refers to other fictional detectives as if they were real.

Have you listened to any of Cornelius Garrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've enjoyed his reading of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy and the Thirty Nine Cufflinks too. Cornelius Garrett has a very warm voice and it does feel as if he's telling you the story rather than reading it at a microphone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I listened to it while doing a mammoth baking session and stuck the headphones on to continue listening while walking the dog.

Any additional comments?

If you like Agatha Christie you'll probably enjoy this.

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  • soosiewoosie
  • 02-23-16

A good old fashioned murder mystery

What made the experience of listening to The Affair of the Mutilated Mink the most enjoyable?

The characters, the setting, the story and a great narrator. Also there's a lot of humour in this story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

Finding what the actor's secret was. It couldn't think what it might be.

What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

He has a very pleasant, expressive voice, reads at a good pace, and you always know which character is speaking. An excellent narrator.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times, some of it was very funny.

Any additional comments?

I shall certainly listen to this one over again.

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  • Janet
  • 04-06-16

Good twist.

Loved it. The narrator was brilliant and expressive. Shame it had to end. Great story.

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  • Ms GM
  • 03-07-16

light hearted crime

Where does The Affair of the Mutilated Mink rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very high

What did you like best about this story?

scene setting, scenario, light hearted mystery. 1930's uppercrust caracatures but likeable

What does Cornelius Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

the essence of the period but his voicing of characters is beautiful

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This 1930's mystery is no boiled egg!

Any additional comments?

8+ hours of sheer lighthearted pleasure. I have all three James Anderson in the Alderley audio books which I will listen to again but I hope there will be another one soon as I cannot find any more online.

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  • Hepwood Flutey
  • 02-13-16

Wonderful!

What did you like most about The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

Everything. The characters, the stately home, the intrigue, the humour, the brilliant reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

There were several 'psychological' moments, can't say more or might give the plot away!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole thing was a pleasure, from start to finish.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh a lot, then a bit more. Realising there is only one more available is likely to make me cry though!

Any additional comments?

Make sure you read/hear the first in the series before getting this! Then go and get the third!

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  • My Idoru
  • 12-31-15

Unadulterated wonderful balderdash and piffle

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes the light crime genre or Wodehouse-ish stuff

What did you like best about this story?

This is a wonderful mickey take of the Sayer/Christie/Allingham/Marsh style of crime. It's contorted and improbable.

What does Cornelius Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Garrett is a good, intelligent narrator - he brings the story and characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened over three or four days, and looked forward to the next session!

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  • Marple
  • 05-21-21

Perfect Golden Age Mystery

This is a wonderful series about the Earl of Burford and his family. It couldn't be more perfect. Lots of humor, intrigue and wonderful wacky characters. Each novel centers around a house party where someone is inevitably murdered, this being the third and unfortunately last in the series. I find a lot of golden age mysteries to be either too slow, too repetitive, or too ridiculous to follow. This one is absolute perfection with a superb narration.

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  • AMG, London
  • 04-04-21

Entertaining whodunit elevated by superb narration

I'm thinking of forming a Cornelius Garrett fanclub. His narrations of various Georgette Heyer stories are hilarious and masterly, and I think he may actually be even better with the works of James Anderson.

The books are well-written, entertaining whodunnits, with an engagingly humble detective, Inspector (now Chief Inspector) Wilkins.

Cornelius Garrett's narration is what elevates them to greatness. Brilliant characterisation, often laugh out loud funny.

I do wish there were more of these!

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  • Seafr
  • 03-28-16

enjoyable

I enjoyed this even though I sussed out the villain straight away but not the motive.

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  • C. Davis
  • 08-16-21

Another great romp

This second in the series by James Anderson is good fun. The story gallops along and is very diverting. The narrator's characterisation is decent although all accents which are not British are a bit overdone. Still, not enough to put me off.

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  • Patricia Collins
  • 11-16-17

A fun romp

What a fun romp. This is an English cosy at it's most entertaining. The setting - an English manor; the characters - stereotypes of every English class and profession you could imagine; and the situations - over the top perplexing with heaps of red herrings; are hugely entertaining. If you want unchallenging, pure entertainment, this is a cracker. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • oceanjasper
  • 08-02-17

Funny, cleverly plotted and beautifully narrated.

This book is not quite as intricate in its plot as the first book in the series; I did suspect the villain relatively early, whereas in the first book the author's sleight of hand took me completely by surprise. However it is just as full of improbable events piled on top of each other, with seemingly every guest at Alderley having some kind of secret to muddy the waters.

The greatest joy of this book for me was the amusing homage to Ngaio Marsh in particular, as the famous Scotland Yard detective sweeps in and employs the exact methods of Marsh's hero Roderick Alleyn. Local plod Inspector Wilkins steals the show again in hilarious fashion.

Cornelius Garrett's narration is expressive and well paced, adding to the entertainment level of the story. The Affair of the Mutilated Mink is perfect fare for the audio format.

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  • Carlene
  • 06-25-17

An amusingly improbable yarn

If you are looking for an entertaining story, unusual characters, and a neat resolution, this is the book for you.