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Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) Audiobook

Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries.

This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

Here Jack and Sarah investigate a suicide in the River Thames - or was it murder? They investigate an "accidental" fire with deadly consequences, and they nab the culprit behind the Rotary Club choir poisoning.

Cherringham is a series à la Charles Dickens, with a new mystery thriller released each month. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick listen for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

For fans of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple series", Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who series", Caroline Graham's "Midsomer Murders", and the American TV series "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Lansbury.

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90's, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and - most recently - the successful crime fiction series Cherringham.

The narrator of the audiobook, Neil Dudgeon, has been in many British television programmes including the roles of "DCI John Barnaby" in "Midsomer Murders" and "Jim Riley" in "The Life of Riley".

©2016 Bastei Lübbe (P)2016 Lübbe Audio

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    susan harper 28/09/2016
    susan harper 28/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Light and easy"

    I listen to lots of crime thrillers...sometimes I need to have a break from the serious stuff and this was just the ticket as they say 😀 light and refreshing, not demanding or heart stopping. I shall download the next 3 episodes.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C 06/11/2016
    C 06/11/2016
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    "Really enjoyable easy listening"

    This is my first foray into British cozy mysteries. This series isn't Margery Allingham or Ngaio Marsh, but it is well written, it is not too implausible, and there are no howling errors of British life or language use which can be so annoying. It is a pleasant listen, enough story to be gripping but not requiring too much emotional commitment. You do actually feel engaged in the story. The performance is excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer seabourne-chennell 21/10/2016
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    "Loved these"

    Crime is the genre I enjoy the most from Agatha Christie and PD James to Damian Boyd and Val McDermott, but I normally dislike short stories or novellas even if written by the great and the good however I genuinely loved these.. Very light well written and well rounded stories and characters, perfect for when your gardening or walking the dogs. Will be purchasing the rest.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trevelyan Bristol, England 06/12/2016
    Trevelyan Bristol, England 06/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "It grew on me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Light, enjoyable, easy listening. Everything ends just as you hope without any real unpleasantness!


    What other book might you compare Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) to, and why?

    If you like Midsomer Murders, you'll like these stories


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

    Excellent reading - really lifts these everyday stories into another league. His accents and characterisation are brilliant. Not sure I would have been quite so anxious to follow onto the next series without his masterful and entertaining delivery. For me, Neil Dudgeon IS Jack.


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

    Yes, just never had enough time!


    Any additional comments?

    Probably not the best stories you'll ever read, a little predictable and following a set formula but Neil Dudgeon does such a good job on the reading that I found the stories grew on me and I would happily buy more if they were available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 30/11/2016
    Rogayah 30/11/2016

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "Delightfully cosy Cotswolds mysteries"

    I thought this would not be a great choice but these three stories were a delight after so many modern murder stories with their blood and gore.

    Although this may not be picture post card England there was a reassuring cosiness to these tales and an important very English humour that is often not found in other modern English detective stories. It makes a pleasant change.

    Neil Dudgeon tells a good tale that does not grate in any way. I look forward to other tales

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    Sunshinegirl 22/11/2016
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    "Loved it."

    Miss Marple meets Agatha Raisin/Midsomer Murders. I loved the first instalments of this series and will definitely download the others.
    If you are looking for a gritty crime thriller this is not for you but it is the listening equivalent of Sunday evening TV. Perfect holiday reading.

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    charlotte 24/10/2016
    charlotte 24/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful "

    enjoyed this book so much. stories are just long enough to Potter around the house doing a clean whilst listening and not get bored or lost in the story lines. never a dull moment. Neil dudgeon is fab as well. just got the whole series so looking forward to listening to the rest. anyone who likes a good old fashion who's done it will love these.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Fussy 11/01/2017
    Mrs Fussy 11/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Light whodunit series"

    Easy listening, classic chocolate box village, dark secret hiding inhabitants, a muder or 2 and a few red herrings and a li!keable pair of sleuths. Murderer not obvious, always a good sign of a murder mystery. Neil Dudgeon is an excellent narrator.

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    C NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom 07/01/2017
    C NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom 07/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Does what it says on the tin, Cosy Crime"
    What did you like most about Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3)?

    It’s a good quality, undemanding, afternoon television sort of book and none the worse for that. Perfect for listening between more demanding books.


    What other book might you compare Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) to, and why?

    Agatha Raisin


    What about Neil Dudgeon’s performance did you like?

    Perfect for the material


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

    The book is good for popping in and out of over a few days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vix BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands United Kingdom 28/12/2016
    Vix BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands United Kingdom 28/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent fun!"

    What a great find! For fans of midsomer murders and the like, this is literally a must listen - Neil Dungeon does an excellent job of narrating, and the stories themselves a perfect for a commute or a cosy afternoon curled up on the sofa - very easy listening but still engaging, and the characters are really likeable - the relationship between the two main protagonists is well written and I can't wait to see how things develop and what they get up to next! A lovely listen.

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  • Amy
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    "Wonderful!"

    Story and storytelling is excellent. Three short mysteries with highly likable characters. Well worth my time and money.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jaybo Boat
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    "English Village Mysteries"

    Great light listening for fans of BBC/PBS style cozies. Dudgeon is a good reader/performer. You may recognize his voice from "Midsommer Murders" on tv. No gore or perversion so far.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
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    29/10/16
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    "Great Find"

    Enjoyed this series of three short mysteries. I especially liked the second in the series. Jack, a retired NYPD detective from New York, teams with Sarah, a young woman recently returned to Cherringham, to solve questionable deaths. Jack and Sarah are likable characters without any romantic tension, at least in these stories. Sarah's young children and her parents are featured characters. I will definitely continue with the series, even though short stories are not necessarily my favorites.

    Neil Dundgeon is an excellent reader, though I found Jack's American accent a bit flat.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    BOERNE, TX, United States
    05/12/16
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    "Please Lose the Music!"

    The stories are pretty good, the narration is superb, but the music is annoying, especially if you happen to fall asleep listening. The same loud, jazzy tune is played at the beginning and end of each episode.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice
    Houston, TX, United States
    22/10/16
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    "Nice Surprise"

    The Cherringham Mysteries was surprisingly good. I enjoyed all three episodes and bought the next 3 in the series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • margaret
    13/09/16
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    "Mysteries of quality"

    Neil Dudgeon narrates the cosy into the mysteries. A plump Chair,fireplace and glass of wine and each story would be an evening with good friends.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • CB
    Green Valley, AZ
    24/11/16
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    "Good stories, music very annoying and not needed"
    What made the experience of listening to Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) the most enjoyable?

    Very classic British cozy. Three stories. Fun listens.


    What other book might you compare Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) to and why?

    Sort of like an Agatha Christie. Nothing very upsetting or terrifying here.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • TLL
    07/11/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    Charming stories about the length of novellas, rather than full length novels. Very likable characters. Neil Dudgeon is the perfect reader and it is in great part why I've purchased the remaining stories.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • G. Bruce
    Georgia
    01/10/16
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    "He irons his faded jeans? Really"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was trying to stick with it until the stereotypical American -gruff, ill-mannered, lives on a boat with his dog, neglects personal hygiene- ironed his faded jeans. That was too much. Who irons faded jeans? The story was very self- consciously stringing together stereotype after stereotype. "Let's make sure we work in 'marmalade,' old school mates returning home,' 'master/mistress and dog relationships,' 'widow talks to herself,' single mom with nasty divorce,' ill-mannered American.....' and as many other cliches as can possibly fit!"


    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    BUCKETTY, Australia
    06/01/17
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    "A sigh of contentment."

    Having listened to so many not so bad stories spoiled by inappropriate narrators, this 3 story collection read by Neil Dudgeon is like cool water on a hot day. My hope is Lubbe Audio will do the whole series for us in English read by Neil Dudgeon, and that Audible will pick them up.

    If I have one minor reservation, and it really is minor, it is the brass at the end of the musical signature tune. Sounds too much like television show music to me. This 3 story narration is leaps and bounds better than most TV series.

    The writing team of Costello and Richards have created a great series. Lubbe have done a masterly job in the production. As good as British BBC or Audible's own productions. Maybe on par with Naxos too.

    The stories themselves are 'light' tongue in cheek, 'who done it?' in style. Our sleuths appear to be not only solving nasty crimes but also just checking into 'what really happened' to settle the minds and feelings of others when the situation seems to be outside of police interests.

    On a couple of occasions I had to wind back to listen again to how Neil Dudgeon portrayed his female characters because I knew who was male/female and became unaware of how I knew. No squeaky voices. In part I suspect it is not only our wonderful narrator but also very good writing by Costello and Richards.

    OK not Georges Simenon's 'Maigret' ( with Gareth Armstrong)...and still great stories in their genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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