Cream teas! School dinners! Satanic surfers! Join our heroes as they follow up The Norfolk Mystery with a bad case of...Death in Devon.
Swanton Morley, the People's Professor, sets off for Devon to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley's daughter, Miriam, and his assistant, Stephen Sefton, pack up the Lagonda for a trip to the English Riviera.
Morley has been invited to give the Founder's Day speech at All Souls School in Rousdon. But when the trio arrive, they discover that a boy has died in mysterious circumstances. Was it an accident or was it - murder?Join Morley, Sefton, and Miram on another adventure into the dark heart of 1930s England.
©2015 Ian Sansom (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for The Norfolk Mystery:
"A delightful, idiosyncratic mystery.... Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now." (Daily Mail)
"A brilliant first outing that leaves you looking forward to the next maniacal mystery tour." (Evening Standard)
This is the second of Ian Sansom's enormously engaging "County Guides" series, and I can't wait for the next. The creation of Swanton Morley is a master stroke.
Mike Grady is exactly right for this book. He brings Morley to life in all his maddening glory, and gives Sefton a very satisfying wry candour. Funny, with the occasional dark motif as contrast, this audiobook is a treat I shall return to.
Ian Sansom applies his fine intelligence to this thirties satire to give us Arthur Mee meets Agatha Christie replete with modernist notes. It's all hugely enjoyable and lent plenty of gusto with Mike Grady's excellent performance. Westmorland next - long may the series continue.
I tried the second volume in the hope that I might warm to the characters, but they proved to be even more irritating in volume 2. Excellent narration with clearly defined characters and accents, but Mike Grady is wasted on this pretentious material. It's the author showing off and then blaming it on the main character. Won't be buying any more in this series.
Sick of meaningful novels full of angst? Fed up with soul searching by boring characters you wouldn't want to get trapped at a party with? Totally over murder mysteries of horrible goriness and sadistic violence so loaded with forensic detail you can't sleep well for days? This book is for you. A totally ironic, witty gallop through bits of England with lashings of irrelevant history thrown in as well as a not entirely fully explained murder/suicide. Best not to enquire too closely. Brilliantly narrated with tongue firmly in cheek which is where the entire novel has it. Cant wait for more of the same.
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