Murder in Haunted Cornwall
On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, which has a population of 1,221 souls.
But leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren't the only sacrifices he faces. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny's death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.
As he convalesces in Fenton House, which the locals call haunted, Ben meets Birdswing's eccentric inhabitants. Mr. Gaston, the volunteer air warden who's obsessed with defending his remote village against Nazi spies; Mrs. Cobblepot, a thoroughly practical housekeeper who believes in fairies; and Lady Juliet Linton, a prickly, headstrong aristocrat who won't take no for an answer.
While adapting to life during Britain's "War at Home," a time of ration books, victory gardens, bomb shelters, and the Blackout, Ben sets about solving the mystery of Penny's murder - with a little help from Lady Juliet and the Fenton House ghost.
Marriage Can Be Murder is the new cozy mystery series from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Emma Jameson.
©2014 Stephanie Abbott (P)2015 Stephanie Abbott
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"Bland Dr. Bones"
I had mixed feelings while listening to this book. The plot was interesting but not complex. I had the who and why figured out long before the end. Lady Juliet is fun, if a bit obsessive about her looks and personality. She is an individual with a distinct persona. Dr. Bones, our supposed hero, on the other hand, is bland and one-dimensional. His lack of interest in his wife's death is odd. He never asks about the funeral or how her family reacted. Even the secondary characters are more interesting. I don't think the author was able to get in touch with her "male" side and Bones suffers for it. Of course the narrator's laconic, at time dismissive, reading of Bones doesn't help. I doubt I will revisit the series.
"Just did not hold my interest"
I listened (seriously, repeatedly re-winding and trying to stay with the story) over three or four evenings. But then, with only the last chapters remaining, I simply gave up. I had kept telling myself that this book had all the elements of the kind of British mysteries I typically love. (In theory, it did.) Think I ultimately got turned off by the suggestions of the supernatural, but that was only after realizing that believing I "should" find a story interesting was not good enough reason to keep making myself listen to it. To me, it simply was just boring. Good narrator, though.
"Enjoyed it very much!"
The book really had the flavor of Agatha Christie. I enjoyed the campy supernatural element. The author did a good job painting the historical setting that the story takes place in--early WWII. I was intrigued by Dr. Bones' story and I look forward to learning more about other characters in the book as well. I also really enjoy this narrator. That comes down to personal preference as I know some others did not. Fun British cozy... I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
"Could not listen to this narrator"
I could not bear to listen to more than a few minutes of this book. The narrator's voice annoyed me. He alternated between practically whispering to speaking so loud that I almost turned the volume down. I encourage those who might have an interest in this book to listen to the audio clip before buying. I DO have a hearing impairment, so that may have something to do with it. But I've listened to many audio books and have never encountered this situation.
I would definitely listen to the next book in the series; with any luck, the author will find her footing a bit more surely. I found this to be enjoyable in spite of a few loose places. Not a fan of the ghost element.
Yes, if they enjoyed mysteries with a golden-age flavor and didn't mind a hint of the supernatural.
Yes, though I've heard better narrators. However, I've also heard worse.
Yes. Then again, I have a long commute so I'm always on the lookout for fun mysteries. Plus I love the World War II home front setting. I listened to it four months ago and can't remember any of the mystery or much of the story, so it's not in the same league as Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, but it was enjoyable. Mainly, though, I like the premise.
You'll cheer for Lady Juliet. Excellent narration. If you're in the mood for an English cozy, this is it.
"Can't Wait For Volume 2"
I enjoyed this book very much. It's a traditional whodunnit with likable characters and an interesting plot, as well as several subplots. I thought the narrator did a fine job differentiating the characters and I'm really looking forward to the next installment.
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