Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright.
On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination. Her outrage prompts her to teach the impertinent young whippersnapper a lesson, and she and Hugo (Zimmer frame in tow) start investigating, only for murder to become a distressingly frequent occurrence....
©2012 Andrea Frazer (P)2016 Story Sound
Sincerely hope the remainder of series becomes available soon, incredibly well produced and narrated, one of the very best! Great style of writing, and narrator brings it fully to life!
Stands out on its own.... a real take off 'the old titled order, or should that be "entitled "?!
Lady Amanda praying to Mecca, or, the thought of her speeding on her tricycle, terrorising unwary pedestrians.... it's hard to pick just one favourite!
Howled with laughter, choice of language, descriptions of characters... I'll listen again before long! Just downloading no2 in series, please hurry up and finish reading the next 2 books in series, CANNOT WAIT!
Brilliantly funny and entertaining, not too short either, was worried it was more along length of 'long short story' but absolutely right!
The story is tired, the reading is sibilant [that sort of voice where it sounds like ill fitting dentures]. I think that it is meant to be funny, but it is just poorly written rubbish.
Say something about yourself!
The butlers name Beauchamp is mispronounced in a French style by Lady G, he corrects her that it is an English pronunciation. After the fifth repetition of this joke, I chucked the towel in. Mind you I never found PG Woodhouse or Dad's Army hilarious either which is annoying as there is so much of this sort of humour about.
Patricia Gallimore is a wonderful voice actor. She has a wide range on the vocal scales. I can totally believe her voice for the male characters. The story by Andrea Frazer is lovely. Not gory, but you sure do get the point of the murder. I'd love to say Beecham steals the show, but the three main characters are strong enough to hold their own. These are lovely stories that make you drive around the block one more time just to listen to a little more before going home.
Delightful book. Great characters. Good humor. Can't wait to listen to the next one. The ending of the book was great
I have read this book, and also its successor. Of the two, I much preferred this one, though both are fun and funny. This story about the wealthy Lady Amanda, no longer a spring chicken herself, goes to a nursing home to visit an old friend, and finds him dead--murdered, she is certain--and happens by surprise to discover her old friend Hugo also living there. She is immediately suspicious of the death, and insists upon Hugo leaving and coming home to live in her mansion with her. And thus begins the merriment, as she rides her adult tricycle and he moves with his zimmer frame (walker), and they determine to find the killer of their friend.
Ok, it is a little hokey in places, but I was in the mood for just this book. It left me laughing, and being charmed by the imaginative writing of Andrea Frazer, who has created a clever and quite unlikely duo for crime solving. The thing that made it really good though was the fine narration by Patricia Gallimore. She is very talented, and her voices for the different characters were just perfect for this book. I have, in fact, already been looking to see what else she has narrated.
"Fluffy and insipid"
The two leads from Waiting for God investigate a suspicious death. The characters are enjoyable enough, if thoroughly predictable. But the police are presented as such bumbling idiots that I was actually left slack-jawed at the denouement. Excellent reader, flaccid story.
"Good mystery solved by a crochety old woman."
It was a good mystery, but the main character is a bit verbally abusive so I was rather put off by that, but it was a good clean story, well narrated.
"What a fun audio!"
I definitely feel this book benefited from being on audio. Not sure I would have enjoyed it nearly so much in print. The reader does an excellent job with the voices of the different characters, making them come alive. I could picture them so well in my head. Lady Amanda Golightly is quite a character in every sense of the word and she is a force to be reckoned with. Hugo and Beauchamp (pronounced "Beecham" as we are reminded of time and again, a running joke in the book) are a delightful balance to her. There isn't much mystery in the cozy mystery; most of the book is spent getting to know Lady Amanda and her long lost friend Hugo. But that was OK because Lady Amanda kept me laughing with her antics and straightforward way of thinking and behaving. Light and quirky, I think will likely listen to book two, but since none of the others appear to be on audio yet (at least in the U.S.), I may wait on further books. A fun listen.
"wonderful ! loved it!"
a great British murder mystery with all the quirky characters anyone could want, not your hard core gory true life murder mystery but a wonderful jaunt; who could not love lady Amanda and the rest of her household, excellent job from narrator realized it when they were going in to clean house ; I could see each of them in my mind trailing in covering noses and spraying air freshener as they went; well worth the money buying book 2 right now
"Strangeness. To Oldham"
WOW 1st chapter,,you already know the carriers and plot😊 some stories just go on and on. Your in the chapter 4 and still don't know anything. By the way, you should be at least 80. To listen to this.
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