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  • Strangeways to Oldham: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1 | Andrea Frazer

    Strangeways to Oldham: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (225)

    Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

    chuknzig says: "Simply fabulous"
  • The Man with the Sack | Margery Allingham

    The Man with the Sack

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    "Albert dear, we are going to have a quiet family party at home here for the holiday, just ourselves and the dear village. It would be such fun to have you with us." Faced with an invitation he can't refuse, Albert Campion is spending Christmas with the Turretts at Pharaoh's Court, along with the Welkins and Mike Peters, a young man trying to shake off his father's reputation. But when Santa Claus is implicated in a burglary, Campion's skills are put to use.

  • Portrait of a Murderer | Anne Meredith

    Portrait of a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Meredith
    • Narrated By Simon Darwen
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. Each December, Adrian Gray invites his extended family to stay at his lonely house, King's Poplars. None of Gray's six surviving children is fond of him; several have cause to wish him dead. The family gathers on Christmas Eve - and by the following morning, their wish has been granted.

  • The Santa Klaus Murder | Mavis Doriel Hay

    The Santa Klaus Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mavis Doriel Hay
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin, Anne Dover
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly everybody stands to reap some sort of benefit from his death excepting Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have had every opportunity to fire the shot.

    Jerri C says: "Golden Age Holiday Mystery"
  • Mystery in White | J. Jefferson Farjeon

    Mystery in White

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Jefferson Farjeon
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    "The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house." On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

    CM says: "Brilliant!"
  • White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 2 | Andrea Frazer

    White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    The second in the series featuring a madcap pair of amateur sleuths and a delightful outpouring of upper-class English eccentricities - with the odd murder thrown in. Lady Amanda Golightly, eccentric resident of the sprawling Belchester Towers, has a new venture: guided tours. To celebrate she invites a horde of old chums to a trial run at Christmas, complete with tasty nibbles. However, things don't go to plan - a dead guest is discovered slumped on the library table.

    chuknzig says: "I want a Beecham in my employ!"
  • Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery | Lynn Florkiewicz

    Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lynn Florkiewicz
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer Alec Grimes is missing.

  • The Cornish Coast Murder | John Bude

    The Cornish Coast Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Bude
    • Narrated By Ben Allen
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    The reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside - but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish. But the vicar's peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, an ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen with a bullet through his head. The local police inspector is baffled by the lack of clues.

    C. Rosser says: "A Good Old Fashioned Who Done It"
  • Winter and Rough Weather | D. E. Stevenson

    Winter and Rough Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Leslie Mackie
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Rhoda, an artist from London, and her childhood sweetheart, James, finally wed, following a lot of deliberation - particularly on Rhoda's side. Her love for James outbalances her career, and she takes the plunge into living the life of a farmer's wife at Boscath farm in Scotland. Arriving at Boscath, they employ a cook, Miss Flockie, who is exceptional in her duties and, more importantly, a friend to Rhoda. Their new home, although quaint, is isolated, and Rhoda misses her life in London.

    Jerri C says: "Completing the Drumberley Trilogy"
  • Music in the Hills: Drumberley, Book 2 | D. E. Stevenson

    Music in the Hills: Drumberley, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    After spending time combatting terrorists in Malaya, James Dering returns to Scotland. He starts a new life at Mureth House, the home of his aunt and uncle, Mamie and Jock Johnstone, where he hopes to learn to be a farmer. But he soon learns that picking up farming isn't an easy task and is made even more complicated by the unexpected ups and down of rural village life. Sheep-stealing crooks, village gossip, lovestruck teenage runaways, and a brunette bombshell all disturb the peaceful solitude James had willingly signed up for.

    Jerri C says: "Return to Scotland"
  • Quick Curtain | Alan Melville

    Quick Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Melville
    • Narrated By Ben Allen
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When Douglas B. Douglas - leading light of the London theatre - premiers his new musical extravaganza, Blue Music, he is sure the packed house will be dazzled by the performance. What he couldn't predict is the death of his star, Brandon Baker, onstage in the middle of act two. Soon another member of the cast is found dead, and it seems to be a straightforward case of murder followed by suicide.

    Elizabeth A. Tierney says: "Loved it - very funny and very clever!"
  • Mystery in the Channel | Freeman Wills Crofts

    Mystery in the Channel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Freeman Wills Crofts
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The captain of the Newhaven to Dieppe steamer spots a small pleasure yacht lying motionless in the water and, on closer inspection, sees a body lying on the deck. When members of his crew go aboard the yacht, they find not one male corpse but two. The dead men were chairman and vice chairman of Moxon General Securities, one of the largest financial houses in the country. Inspector Joseph French of Scotland Yard is called in. French soon discovers that Moxon's is on the brink of collapse.

  • Old Moorhen's Shredded Sporran: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 4 | Andrea Frazer

    Old Moorhen's Shredded Sporran: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrea Frazer
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Lady Amanda Golightly and her housemate Hugo Cholmondeley-Crichton-Crump return from their visit to Scotland to find a letter informing them that Hugo's sister will be arriving the following day for a month's visit, which sours Lady A's mood as Tabitha constantly bullied her at school. If that wasn't enough, it appears that, while they were away, the security of Belchester Towers was breached and somebody is systematically killing off the staff.

    John says: "10 Star Review Is Needed For This One !!!"
  • Murder of a Lady | Anthony Wynne

    Murder of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony Wynne
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    Duchlan Castle is a gloomy place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her locked bedroom. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish's scale, left on the floor next to Mary's body. Inspector Dundas is dispatched to investigate. The Gregor family and their servants are quick to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman, but Dundas uncovers a more complex truth.

    Carl P. Beetz says: "Solid "Golden Age" Mystery"
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case | Anthony Berkeley

    The Poisoned Chocolates Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Anthony Berkeley
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Graham and Joan Bendix have apparently succeeded in making that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage. And into the middle of it there drops, like a clap of thunder, a box of chocolates. Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle - six amateur but intrepid detectives - to consider the case.

    TiffanyD says: "For historians of detective fiction"
  • Death in December | Victor Gunn

    Death in December

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victor Gunn
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    He's respected - not very respected - chief had been grumbling all the way from London, and now the speeding Alvis was well into the wild and hilly country of Derbyshire, he was more caustic than ever. When Chief Inspector Bill 'Ironsides' Cromwell accepts an invitation to spend Christmas at his sergeant's family seat, Cloon Castle, he doesn't realise the mysteries he'll encounter. First, there is a mysterious figure who leaves no footprints, despite the heavy snow.

    John says: "The Death Room,.. The Death Room"
  • Family Matters | Anthony Rolls

    Family Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anthony Rolls
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Robert Arthur Kewdingham is an eccentric failure of a man. In middle age he retreats into a private world, hunting for Roman artefacts and devoting himself to bizarre mystical beliefs. Robert's wife, Bertha, feels that there are few things more dreadful than a husband who will persist in making a fool of himself in public. Their marriage consists of horrible quarrels, futile arguments, incessant bickering. Scarcely any friends will visit the Kewdinghams in their peaceful hometown, Shufflecester.

  • Scarweather | Anthony Rolls

    Scarweather

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anthony Rolls
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In 1913 John Farringdale, with his cousin Eric Foster, visits the famous archaeologist Tolgen Reisby. At Scarweather - Reisby's lonely house on the windswept northern coast of England - Eric is quickly attracted to Reisby's much younger wife, and matters soon take a dangerous turn. Fifteen years later the final scene of the drama is enacted.

    Gae Ann Dudley says: "Great Classic English Mystery!!!"
  • Vittoria Cottage: Drumberley, Book 1 | D. E. Stevenson

    Vittoria Cottage: Drumberley, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Since being widowed, Caroline Dering has been content to live her life solely for her children. Then the mysterious Robert Shepperton arrives in the village. At first, Caroline's gentle heart is simply touched by his obvious unhappiness; until gradually she finds her sympathy turning into love. But the visit of her lovely younger sister, Harriet, to Vittoria Cottage, throws Caroline into a turmoil - because Harriet also falls for Mr. Shepperton....

    Jerri C says: "Beginning of a trilogy"
  • The Nightingale Girls | Donna Douglas

    The Nightingale Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better-educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go? Helen is born for the job; her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen’s secret misery be her downfall? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to?

    Buffy says: "Very enjoyable read..."
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