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A Pint of Murder Audiobook

A Pint of Murder: Madoc & Janet Rhys, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Vegetables can be hazardous to your health!

Old Agatha Treadway baked her own bread, canned her own vegetables - and died of botulism in her very own kitchen. Accident, says Dr. Druffitt. Murder, says neighbor Janet Wadman. And says it again when she finds the doctor dead, too. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys, of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, agrees. But who's the killer...? The town miser, who wants the one thing only Mrs. Treadway could have given him? The miser's son who's panting for the doctor's daughter? Widow Druffitt, who's holding secret meetings with unlikely people? The hired girl who listens at keyholes? The hired man who hides in haylofts? It's an awful mess...and when Rhys gets it sorted out, he faces an even tougher problem of his own.

This is number one in Madoc & Janet Rhys Series.

©1980 Charlotte McLeod (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • connie
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    24/10/12
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    "cute Canadian cozy"

    * very cozy formula: village murder with RCMP inspector teamed with local amateur sleuth on both an investigation and blossoming romance. You can guess easily who the killer is, but that's not the point of the listen! --more of a traditional village cozy than whodunit
    * captures the rural anglophone New Brunswick setting well -- although an outsider, I lived there around that period (1980s) and I "recognized' the characters and voice
    *good, gentle humour; decent writing, especially the dialogue
    * Dufris hits the right notes with all the characters - no over-the-top Canucks, but there is some regional inflection respectfully attempted
    *another gift from the publishing world of e- and audiobooks - I hadn't come across MacLeod/Craig before. I look forward to more of her audiobooks. This first of a series has me hooked.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Yvette
    San Jose, CA, United States
    13/10/12
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    "At Last!!! A Charlotte MacLeod mystery novel!!!"

    This is a great cozy mystery written in Charlotte MacLeod's gently humerous way. She wrote around three dozen intelligent, funny, carefully crafted mystery novels in her lifetime, in more than one series, and some stand-alones. I have been hoping for years that Audible would get some of them, and they finally have one. I enjoyed it immensely, and I really hope that the rest of this series (Madoc & Janet Rhys series) will be recorded & be made available on Audible, too. William Dufris did a great job as reader!

    And please, Audible, try to acquire Charlotte MacLeod's "Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn" series. It was recorded by Books On Tape, and read by Mary Peiffer. (I requested them a few years ago, but no luck so far.)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Susan L. Rubendall
    Rockford, IL USA
    10/01/13
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    "Performance destroys an already weak book"
    What would have made A Pint of Murder better?

    If a book is to be performed rather than read, it's essential to choose a narrator whose voice sounds something like that of the main character. In most cases, the narrator should be the same gender as the protagonist. Mr. Dufris is unable to make Janet sound anything like an sweet young woman. He does better with the male characters.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • E. Stein
    Bedford, NY
    19/12/12
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    "comfort food"

    I have read this book before, so I knew what to expect: a good story, a cozy atmosphere, reasonably gore-free murders, good characters. It's not remotely suspenseful, it's essentially good macaroni and cheese for those days when you yearn for just that. Charlotte MacLeod is always gently funny; this series is set in Canada, in a small community that seems real but not realistic. Other series are different. Her "Grub and Stakers" series is practically slapstick, sometimes silly; her Sarah Kelling series starts darker and gets progressively lighter; the Balaclava series is kind of a mixture of all. This series, with Janet and Madoc, is like those Balaclava ones.

    The reader is okay; I would have preferred a woman's voice, given a female protagonist, but he's pretty good, and his pronunciation is fine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth Morgan
    Wales
    10/11/15
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    "Aaarrgh"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Pint of Murder to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A nice blend of gentle humour / action and detection


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Anyone who had the vaguest idea about Welsh pronunciation or accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't blame the narrator for the somewhat odd view of Wales and the Welsh ( I am Welsh, I live here and I speak the language) but his bizarre Irish / Egyptian accent is hardly bearable. ... BUT the biggest thing .. Rhys is pronounced REES NOT RISS.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathi
    Sterling, VA, United States
    07/03/13
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    "A corny little cozy..."
    Would you try another book from Charlotte MacLeod and/or William Dufris?

    Maybe. If I'm looking for something extra-lite to listen to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Possibly a woman. This narrator left me wincing a little with female voices.


    Was A Pint of Murder worth the listening time?

    Well, depends on what you're looking for. It was not written to be deep (or I assume/hope not.) If you just want something uncomplicated, light, that requires little effort to listen to, this would be it.


    Any additional comments?

    Clever series introducing a Royal Canadian Mountie as the detective. The people were the sort of two-dimensional characters that tend to inhabit cozy mysteries. Well-developed, as far as they go, but you always pretty well know the good guys from the baddies :-) I have nothing really negative to say about this. A fairly predictable, lightly humorous mystery, that you could listen to easily while doing other things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Oswego, NY USA
    17/11/16
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    "quaint little mystery"

    This tale starts out rather slow and I nearly gave it up. The cast of characters was confusing until I went back to the print edition. and made myself a list. Once I did that, the story started to roll along nicely and now I am looking for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucinda
    05/06/15
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    "Marvellous story, well read"
    Any additional comments?

    I love all of Charlotte MacLeod's books. Mr. Dufris gives life to the characters, despite the handicap that many of the characters are feminine. When I reread the book, I now think of the characters in Mr. Dufris' voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Sibun
    Canada
    22/04/15
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    "good listen"

    it was one of the best books I have heard in long time.It was a very good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    Lompoc, CA, United States
    01/02/15
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    "interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    probably, it would depend on their literary sophistication. this is not a Dorothy Sayers.


    Would you recommend A Pint of Murder to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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