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Strangeways to Oldham Audiobook

Strangeways to Oldham: The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mrs W. 25/02/2017
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    "Superb entertainment, a laugh a minute"
    Where does Strangeways to Oldham rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What other book might you compare Strangeways to Oldham to, and why?

    Stands out on its own.... a real take off 'the old titled order, or should that be "entitled "?!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly funny and entertaining, not too short either, was worried it was more along length of 'long short story' but absolutely right!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Odelia
    Hilliard, OH, United States
    19/01/17
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    "Simply fabulous"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathi
    Sterling, VA, United States
    13/12/16
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    "Delightful!"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Peach
    Houston
    04/12/16
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    "Wonderful"

    Delightful book. Great characters. Good humor. Can't wait to listen to the next one. The ending of the book was great

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly Colley
    Lexington, KY USA
    03/12/16
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    "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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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