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  • Scared to Death

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 27
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

When classic horror movie star Basil Coates becomes the victim of a series of scary pranks, the local police put it down to a crazed fan. Just pranks, after all... But with Halloween only days away, the spectre of murder suddenly visits the ghostly Coates mansion on the hill outside Cherringham - and Jack and Sarah find themselves caught in a mystery worthy of Basil's spookiest roles... Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new audio episode released every two weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scared to death

  • By Victoria Clifford on 01-04-19

Wonderful Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

I love this series and have to say this is one of my favorites episodes so far. They just keep getting better and better. They are shorter than a normal audible book but there are compilations of several episodes together available. Wonderful characters and superb narration. There will be a new full length one coming out in April and I can't wait to spend longer with Jack and Sarah in Cherringham. I'm also insanely jealous of anyone just starting this series so much to look forward to.

  • Death on a Moonlit Night

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 26
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

When the boss of the big local DIY outlet is murdered on a moonlit night, all the evidence points to the store's junior manager. And when police retrieve the murder weapon from the Thames, the manager goes on the run. But Jack and Sarah are not at all sure of his guilt. Can they uncover the real killer before it's too late for the runaway suspect? Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new audio episode released every two weeks. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Scottish reviewer on 27-03-19

Love Cherringham

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-19

This series is superb both in character and narration. I can't wait for my next visit to Cherringham. My only criticism is they are short, but maybe that's why they work and it's always fresh and lively.

  • Murder at Hawthorn Cottage

  • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home. Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another place to be.

  • By M RICHARDS on 14-10-18

Nice but dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-19

I will say this is well written and fairly well narrated, but the story line and characters are dull. I was hoping for a new series to get into but I'm afraid this isn't it. Nothing much happens before, or indeed after the body is found at about half way through. I fell asleep through several chapters and couldn't be bothered to rewind that's how I know it's not for me. I took umbrage that the neighbor Iris is in her fifties, but sounds frail and about 90. The main character Melissa is weak and I wanted to shake her several times. Maybe other books in the series offer more in the way of character development and story line?

  • Weekend at Thrackley

  • By: Alan Melville
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding, but the party is warm and hospitable except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company. After a weekend of adventure with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest, secrets come to light, and Jim unravels a mystery from his past. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous

  • By Charlotte Brown on 28-01-19

Marvellous

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I really enjoyed this country house mystery. Some in this genre can be predictable with too many characters all wondering who done it and waffling on and on. This one was a different as there wasn't really a murder but a very interesting situation. Well written and held my attention. Just what the doctor ordered.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Secret

  • By: Lulu Taylor
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Buttercup Redmain has a life of pampered luxury, living in beautiful Charcombe Park. Her older husband, Charles Redmain, is wealthy and successful and proud of the house he has painstakingly restored, once owned by a famous ancestor. Buttercup is surrounded by people who make her life delightfully easy. But the one thing she really wants seems impossible. There are other discomforting realities: her husband’s ex-wife, Ingrid, still lives nearby, although Buttercup has never met her. And it soon becomes clear that all the people who make Buttercup’s life so carefree are also watching her every move....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story

  • By Ire on 03-02-19

Not for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is a new author for me and although the writing is good I’m afraid I had to return this book. After over 3 hours and 10 chapters nothing really happens. It starts at Charcombe house and centres on Buttercup an annoying woman who is under the thumb (in a subtle way) of her wealthy husband. He seems to adore her but is controlling. There is also a story that goes back and forth to from an earlier era in the same house with characters that again I couldn’t warm to. I may revisit this on kindle as it’s described as a thriller and would hope it picks up pace so will wait for other reviews in case I am missing something very good . I wouldn’t rule out another book from this author but this one didn’t grab me.

  • The Silent Companions

  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling Victorian gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down the spine.... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie and fabulous

  • By Caz on 24-03-18

Lacked Atmosphere & Continuity

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

For me this was not atmospheric, chilling or suspenseful.

I agree with some that it seemed somewhat written for teens.

I thought it did pick up and get interesting at chapter 24 though. Had it started like that, it would have piqued my interest. The silent companions just seemed to be 'in your face' and silly. The characters, unpleasant and annoying.

There were too many unanswered questions for me and no real conclusion. It could be just me but I was quite confused as to the main gist of this book, but thought the idea was brilliant.

  • A House of Ghosts

  • By: W. C. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winter Cracker

  • By Charlotte Brown on 23-11-18

A Winter Cracker

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-18

A great book and listen. I don't usually enjoy books with war as a subject matter but this was so much more and I'm glad I gave it a go. There's wonderful characters, intrigue, suspense, mystery, romance and a bit of supernatural. All this plus it takes place in a house with secret passages that's been cut off from the world by storms, what's not to love. Very atmospheric, well written and narrated. I'm hoping for a second book with Kate and Donovan but it will be tough to follow up this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

Loved This Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I didn't want this to end and hope there is a sequel. It's lovely with perfect descriptions of the English country side and also encompasses a lot of life's relevant issues. Great characters and narration too.

  • A Demon Summer

  • A Max Tudor Mystery, Book 4
  • By: G.M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

The powerful Lord complains loudly to the local bishop, who asks Father Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, to investigate. Just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well. Can Max Tudor solve the case and restore order in time to attend his own nuptials?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too sloppy to be convincing

  • By Kl Love on 11-07-16

Love This Series - But

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I really love the Max Tudor series. fabulous characters, wonderful setting, humour, intrigue it has it all however this was my least favourite so far. I didn’t like the setting in the St Lucy of Monkbury Abbey it felt claustrophobic and the dialogue rushed and choppy. I didn’t warn to the characters in this one except of course the reoccurring ones which I love. Don’t be put off however start with the first book and continue on its worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Autumn

  • A Max Tudor Novel
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138

Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For watchers of Midsommer Murders

  • By Carmen on 22-02-16

If I Could Only Live in Nether Monkslip

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-18

I'm so glad I bought this.

It has humor, intrigue and wonderful characters all in a quintessential English village setting.

I love the 'cozy' genre but get fed up with the theme of someone moving back to their home town after a breakup/divorce to run a cookie shop, deli etc. This is fresh and different,

I would say these are similar to the Agatha Raisin books. It has strong, interesting, eccentric characters.

The main character of Max Tudor is a vicar and ex MI-5 agent which makes an interesting mix. There's never a dull moment in Nether Monkslip.

I've now listened to 3 and am on the 4th. Splendid narration by Michael Page.

I never tire of my visits to Nether Monkslip.