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It is Hogmanay, and Angela Marchmont is at Fives Castle, the Scottish seat of the Earl of Strathmerrick, to see in the start of 1928. But when she finds out that the Foreign Secretary, the American Ambassador, and the Head of British Intelligence are also among the guests, Angela begins to suspect that something momentous is afoot. Before long, they are all snowed in and a body is discovered, and Angela soon finds suspicion directed against herself....

©2014 Clara Benson (P)2018 Clara Benson

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  • Elaine
  • MIDDLETOWN, NJ, United States
  • 09-23-18

A mystery that kept my interest

Another great Angela Marchmont mystery by Clara Benson. Did not easily see the culprit(s)---kept me guessing. Very interesting story full of characters that added side interest to the main event. The narrator is outstanding---Elizabeth Klett's English accent is impeccable, and the different voices she uses for the many characters adds to the enjoyment of the narrative.

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Fabulous!

Another wonderful Angela Marchmont mystery! It feels so much like it was written in the 1920s that you might not believe that it was only written a few years ago. This was a well written mystery, read by a talented reader. Fun, and with many twists and turns.

More Clara Benson, please! (even if I don't know what her real name is).

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Mystery in a Scottish Castle

I very much enjoy the Angela Marchmont mystery series, of pseudo-golden age detective novels. This is the fifth in the series and author Clara Benson has her characters well in hand. If you wish that Agatha Christie had written more mystery novels, this may well be the book for you. And Elizabeth Klett does a first rate job of telling the tale. The characters are distinctive, and she manages this without making any of them annoying to listen to (which some narrators do, as they try to make each character sound different.) As this is a mystery story, I don't want to give away the plot, but I can promise you a mysterious scientist who may have developed a powerful secret weapon, several politicians, missing plans, spies, young people playing jokes, mixed up lovers and more. And, of course, Angela Marchmont, a lady who travels with her pistol and is not afraid to take some chances, all for the sake of the truth and the good of the British Empire (this book is set between WWI and WWII). AND, this book can be a good companion book to the third Freddy Pilkington-Somes mystery, A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell, also available from Audible. Or, read the entire series. But I find the audiobooks to be a richer experience to just reading the novel. Hopefully the rest of both book series will be made available from Audible over time.

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Don’t listen to this audiobook on a long road trip!

The high pitch of the narrator (sometimes sounding like a very young Hermione Granger) can put nerves on edge and create enough tension to promote a state of road rage!
Every character sounds like a child, which gets confusing when the multiple children are involved.
Only the last hour or so of the audiobook can actually be construed as a story. The rest is a rambling of relatives and pompous class description. I was looking for something light hearted and fun when I chose this book. What I got was a bit on the air-head side ... your mind can wander for a while and when you come back to it ... you haven’t missed anything!

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  • Mrs. Maxine Wager
  • 09-29-18

Fantastic!

Thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of an already fabulous book! Have recommended both to family and friends. Looking forward to another one.

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  • E
  • 09-25-18

Great Story

Angela becomes snowbound at a castle in Scotland, add the Foreign Secretary, Head of British Intelligence and the American Ambassador and you get a story that sparkles with intrigue from start to finish. When a dead body turns up the fun begins.
This is a fabulous book but it is let down by the narrator who does not bring the characters to life and makes it difficult to follow who is speaking.