• The Whitby Murders

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 6
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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By: J. R. Ellis
Narrated by: Michael Page
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Publisher's Summary

A murder with three witnesses. But one of them doesn’t believe what she saw...

Halloween, Whitby. DCI Jim Oldroyd’s daughter Louise is in town with friends for a goth festival. But their visit to an escape room ends in bloody murder when one of the group stabs his girlfriend and flees the scene. It’s a crime with three witnesses - but Louise refuses to take what she saw at face value. 

Oldroyd and DS Carter are called in to solve the case, assisted from the sidelines by Louise. But the closer they investigate, the more complex the web of deceit appears. This is no straightforward crime of passion. 

With a violent murderer on the loose, it’s only a matter of time before they strike again. And this time it’s personal. Oldroyd must expose the truth, protect his daughter and stop the horror before it’s too late.

©2021 by J. R. Ellis. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fun series

this is such an enjoyable series of books. the narration is very good and the story is always very interesting

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Grow a backbone

What a bunch of needy, lillylivered, whiny awfulizers. To paraphrase one of the characters in the story, “I just can’t stand it anymore.”

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Lots of atmosphere so so plot

Disappointed in the plot. Loved the Whitby setting. Performance struck me as overdramatic. Women's voices occasionally sounded like a Monty Python spoof/sketch - shrill & out of cadence. Not Ellis' best book nor Page's best performance.

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Loved It

Quotations from Dracula, a small town murder creepiness running.up.and down your spine.. You need something.more? The mystery in this novel is intriguing while allowing the reader the chance to look closely.at the characters. Well.done.

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Narration almost ruins mediocre book

The plot isn't terribly interesting. The narration - gruff, gravelly voice for all characters - results in little in the way of character development.

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Sniveling policeman?

I generally enjoyed the previous books in the series but found this one excruciatingly maudlin, vastly too many tears all over the place. Found it extremely irritating.

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When You Can't Believe Your Eyes

I love this series . . . and I love the people in it. A goth festival in Whitby attracts thousands of people, and Louise, DCI Jim Oldroyd’s daughter and a group of her friends plan an outing to an escape room, all dressed up in their gothic best. But when a night out turns deadly, and one of her friends appears to kill his girlfriend in the escape room, Louise and the remaining friends are flabbergasted. Louise refuses to believe what she clearly saw, her friend stabbing his girlfriend. Louise calls her dad, DCI Oldroyd to help investigate. Its a back and forth with the local police as to whether or not its a clear case of murder. And then Louise begins getting text messages from the missing boyfriend. Oldroyd's gut tells him he is missing something and that there's more to the case. The tie ins to Count Dracula are well done and interesting. I like that this book includes quite a bit about Oldroyd's family and personal life. Some listeners found this book slower than others, but not me. I appreciate the relationship that he has with his team and enjoy their lives as well. I was stumped as to where the story was going or how the case was going to be solved. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me intrigued. Excellent story and an ending well worth the wait.

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Very good

Love this series. I have enjoyed this series very much and I particularly like Michael page as the narrator

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Very good

I enjoyed listening to this book. I have read others in this series of stories by this author. They are always interesting with characters that you get to want to follow.

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Interesting tie to Dracula but not his best

There were many things I enjoyed about this book but it was not my favorite of a series that I truly love. The first half of the book, although based on an interesting premise of the seaside town where Count Dracula came to England and the vampire themed escape room, I thought it was a little lackluster. It seemed to lack the usual enthusiasm and Yorkshire history and color. The second half of the book picked up with more mystery, complicated plot and character development and as usual, the final solution centered on smoke and mirrors. Oldroyd of course if famous for solving impossible murders that involve deception, lies and illusion. This case was special because his daughter was involved and it also developed the relationship between Oldroyd and his new love interest. I just did not feel the same excitement in reading it until the second half. The narrator does a great job of Oldroyd's raspy Yorkshire voice but in this book he sometimes forgot and used Oldroyd's distinctive voice for some of the younger characters and it did not seem right. The book is still definitely worth the read.

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  • Mary McCormack
  • 08-22-21

Wonderfully bad

Mad plot line, ridiculous dialogue and quite stunning in its comedic delivery. I listened to the end just to see how bad it would get. Supremely awful.

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  • Linda
  • 09-20-21

Mediocre

Story was ok but I’m afraid I did not enjoy the narrator. I’m sure he would be good as a single chateacter just not as a multiple voice narrator

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  • Ms. J. M. Clark
  • 08-16-21

Terrible

This is probably the worst book we have ever had for our book club. It’s badly written, has a predictable plot and one dimensional characters . Plot points are telegraphed so much that’s it’s ludicrous. Honestly don’t bother with it.

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  • JML
  • 10-18-22

Good story ruined by awful narration.

The narration was one of the least enjoyable I've ever heard. I wasn't impressed from the start but persevered for a few chapters, hoping that I would get used to the rather ponderous delivery, but things went from bad to worse with the dire attempts at the voices of the different characters. After the scene where the narrator tried to do voices for a female police officer, her teenage daughter, and younger son, I couldn't listen any more.

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  • Jennifer
  • 03-24-22

Appalling narration

This narrator is dreadful and totally spoilt the book.
The story was a bit unbelievable, but I did read to the end, won’t be reading any more though.

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  • 1traveller
  • 03-14-22

Overly long at the end.

Enjoyable as I know Whitby well however, once it became apparent who the murderer was it could have been finished an hour earlier! Endless going over the already known facts. Also the narrators ‘womens’ voices were a bit irritating.

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  • Mrs. E.C.
  • 09-02-21

tedious and not particularly well read

found it difficult to finish. no sparkle in my opinion. I will not be reading any more by this author.

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  • Suki W
  • 11-17-22

Load of rubbish

One of the worst Narrators I've ever heard. l only listened to the first chapter but couldn't stand it any longer. Why couldn't Audible get someone who had at least a passable Yorkshire accent
l was looking forward to reading something that was set in Whitby and have been very disappointed. l will be avoiding books with this narrator in future.



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  • Boggard
  • 08-31-22

Entriguing story, but grating narrator

I thought the storyline sufficiently interesting to continue to the end even though I couldn’t abide the grating voice of the narrator.

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  • pr007
  • 06-27-22

my 'optional' heading

Was Over acted, silly loud, exaggerated voices, waste of my seven pounds ninety nine pence

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 05-31-21

Not too bad

This book is quite a good read if a bit over the top. So dramatic. I’ve listened to a few of these and each one is very full of drama. A bit silly the girls crying all the time. Bursting into tears. Over and over.
Well it’s ok but not crash hot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-21

Very amateurish outing

I should have the narrator first as I don’t Michael Page at all. This book would probably be ok for teenagers.