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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.
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.
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.
Yes. Light, enjoyable, easy listening. Everything ends just as you hope without any real unpleasantness!
If you like Midsomer Murders, you'll like these stories
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.
Yes, just never had enough time!
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.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
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
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.
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.
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.
It’s a good quality, undemanding, afternoon television sort of book and none the worse for that. Perfect for listening between more demanding books.
Perfect for the material
The book is good for popping in and out of over a few days.
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.
Story and storytelling is excellent. Three short mysteries with highly likable characters. Well worth my time and money.
"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.
The Cherringham Mysteries was surprisingly good. I enjoyed all three episodes and bought the next 3 in the series.
"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.
"Good stories, music very annoying and not needed"
Very classic British cozy. Three stories. Fun listens.
Sort of like an Agatha Christie. Nothing very upsetting or terrifying here.
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.
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.
"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.
"He irons his faded jeans? Really"
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!"
"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.
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