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The Cambridge Murders Audiobook

The Cambridge Murders

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Publisher's Summary

Fisher College at Cambridge lies between St John's and Trinity Colleges. Here one morning the bed makers and gyps, clamouring for admission on the last day of term were admitted to find, lying across the path, the body of one of the college porters.

The murder of the porter begins a mystery which deepens when it is found that the unpopular Dean of the college is missing. The search for the murderer is conducted in part by the police and partly by the Vice President of Fisher College Sir Richard Cherrington, an eminent but slightly eccentric archaeologist with a penchant for amateur detection.

©1945 The Estate of Glyn Daniel (P)2016 Story Sound

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    K UK 15/04/2017
    K UK 15/04/2017 Member Since 2012

    I use audible because I am too lazy to hold a book.

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    "Tired and amateurish"

    This is a very dated piece of detective fiction. It smacks a little of a vanity project or a mere academic exercise and, as such, fails to excite or intrigue. Despite different narrative perspectives the various 'detectives' follow similar thought processes which ultimately become tediously repetitive. And, the constant reconsideration of theories gets increasingly irritating. Not only this but it's whole tone, it's a true period piece, reminds us of a time of ingrained snobbery, sexism and elitism and is presented as such with no sense of irony or satire and, like Blyton and perhaps even Christie, I for one, no longer find any charm in.

    The narrator makes this tale much more bearable that it might have been but apart from this I really can't find anything positive to say to redeem it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 26/05/2017
    Sandy 26/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Dull"

    Way too many characters, predictable and boring.
    Unfortunately time wasted. Narrator was better than story.

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    Sararara 24/05/2017
    Sararara 24/05/2017
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    "Surprisingly good"

    Didn't have high expectations as never heard of the author, narrator or book. After a rather ponderous first couple of hours, it became intriguing. Became more than just an example of cultural history. Multi-viewpoint perspective, very contemporary.

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    Margaret Quinn 10/05/2017
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    "Life is too short"

    Too complex, too long. I give up and didn't finish, it was that interesting. Just couldn't get into it.

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    Ian Mycroft 04/05/2017
    Ian Mycroft 04/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor plotting and rather old fashioned"

    Very dated and not very ingenious for a "Golden Age" mystery. Certainly not in the Agatha Christie class.

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    Miss Julie E. Ellis Herne Bay, United Kingdom 15/04/2017
    Miss Julie E. Ellis Herne Bay, United Kingdom 15/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "modern"

    i really love to read or listen to a series of books, and the would be amateur detective in this one is good, we need more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jaye Hardy 11/03/2017
    Jaye Hardy 11/03/2017
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    "THE CAMBRIDGE MURDERS"

    When I started the audiobook I thought it was great but as I'm not a uni person I kept getting confused by who was who. I'm still not sure who actually did the murder maybe I'll have to listen to the audiobook again 😣😣😣

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    jenny 17/02/2017
    jenny 17/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "long winded"

    too drawn out and the story line jumps about too much. very very disappointing ending.

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    PFK 05/02/2017
    PFK 05/02/2017 Member Since 2017

    Pauline

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    "Happy memories"
    Would you listen to The Cambridge Murders again? Why?

    Yes. I bought this because I was taught by Glyn Daniels at Cambridge in the 1970s. His lectures would often have made very good after dinner speeches. It is such a good picture of Cambridge at the time, and the plot is clever too. He was a charming and erudite man and his book shows that well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cambridge Murders?

    The discovery of the body in the trunk - it was fairly obvious it must be there, but it was still dramatic.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Wickham – was your favourite?

    I enjoyed all of them.


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

    Ill in bed after a stay in hospital, it made a difficult day much easier.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Stephen Lloyd 22/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Red herrings"

    It was a long difficult Case with lots of Red Herring's so well. Read 5*

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  • Marie
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    29/10/16
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    "Enjoyable but overlong and repetitive"

    I was intrigued by the murder mystery in the book but the constant repetition of the clues and suspect statements made it hard to sustain my interest. The case is looked at by three different individuals, an eccentric college don and archaeologist, a local police inspector, and a Scotland Yard man. They spend so much of their time analyzing the same information, both internally and in spoken dialogue, that the story loses momentum and fizzles at the end. The reader sees little of an actual investigation.

    I was especially taken aback when mild manner archeologist and Fisher College vice-president, Sir Richard Cherrington, goes off on a long diatribe about human suffering after he unmasks the killer. It was totally out of character.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadmac
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    25/03/17
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    "Sherlock Would Be Proud"

    Good old fashioned detective work updated skillfully. A regular "Who Done It" written so smoothly updated that I didn't think of Sherlock until it was over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D Durdines
    Tampa, FL United States
    27/01/17
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    "The Cambridge Murders"

    To many caricatures and to many plots but I made it through to a excellent ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Araki
    07/01/17
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    "Really enjoyed a good, very British murder"

    The narrator was most excellent. Able to do many voices well. Am looking for other books with same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PATRICIA MCCOOL
    07/06/17
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    "Good Story Very Long Winded"

    so this was a VERY unnecessarily complicated story. they told and retold the story which I found tedious. otherwise I liked the characters and when they FINALLY got to the end it all seemed so simple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurie
    360-620-7122
    25/05/17
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    "Too much repartition."

    Too long due the repartition of the facts of the case. A minimum of 4 complete reiterations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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