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Ealing, United Kingdom
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  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 364

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly splendid - classic GH

  • By Beccameriel on 16-05-17

One of my favourite Heyer stories!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

A heroine to enjoy. No mamby pambly miss. No simpering or uncertainties or naive floundering.

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  • Murder in Belgravia

  • By: Lynn Brittney
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

London, 1915. Just 10 months into the First World War, the city is flooded with women taking over the work vacated by men in the armed services. Chief Inspector Peter Beech, a young man invalided out of the war in one of the first battles, is faced with investigating the murder of an aristocrat, and the man's wife, a key witness and suspect, will speak only to a woman about the unpleasant details of the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-18

Reasonable story.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Fairly entertaining dectective story but predictable. Some interesting points about London in the first world, but the characters are a bit 2 dimentional being either good people or bad people without much personally depth. Some of the conversation was weak, clichéd, stating the obvious and just about giving clues to the plot. Still it was ok.

  • The Pit-Prop Syndicate (Detective Club Crime Classics)

  • By: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Seymour Merriman's holiday in France comes to an abrupt halt when his motorcycle starts leaking petrol. Following a lorry to find fuel, he discovers that it belongs to an English company making timber pit-props for coal mines back home. His suspicions of illegal activity are aroused when he sees the exact same lorry with a different number plate - and confirmed later with the shocking discovery of a body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and ponderous

  • By Fes on 07-02-19

Slow and ponderous

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I found the characters rather irratating as they were slow and rather stupid and were made not to see the obvious. Most of the plot was slow and plodding though sometimes it got better. It was all very cliché, but I didn't mind that so much, as it's often the way with classic murder mystery. It just was so long winded in parts without terribly engaging characters.

  • Beware of the Trains

  • And Other Stories
  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Who burglarised the train heading for Victoria Station and whatever became of its conductor? Did the village idiot or Mrs Foley murder the mean-spirited Edgar Foley? Or could the constable be responsible for the devious deed? Who on earth will be able to untangle the affair of the disappearing car, the black necktie, and the abortive theft?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Nice

  • By Sheryl Mason on 13-02-13

Enjoyable murder mystery short stories

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I really enjoyed these short storie. They are well read and each has good twists to entertain and keep you guessing.

  • Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery

  • By: Lynn Florkiewicz
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer Alec Grimes is missing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Thin, anachronistic piffle

  • By Fi on 04-04-18

Found the characters a bit stupid

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

The author is clearly keen on (dull) food. The characters eat all the time and do no exercise the should all be exceedingly fat! I found the 'dectective' slow on the uptake and the storyline clunky. Characters were very sterotyped. Just a slow and unexciting plot unfortunately.

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  • The Secret of High Eldersham

  • By: Miles Burton
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. And when the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, it seems that the veil dividing High Eldersham from the outside world is about to be lifted. Detective Inspector Young forms a theory about the case so utterly impossible that merely entertaining the suspicion makes him doubt his own sanity. Surrounded by sinister forces beyond his understanding, he calls on a brilliant amateur and 'living encyclopedia', Desmond Merrion. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritatingly obvious plot

  • By Fes on 30-01-19

Irritatingly obvious plot

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

I found the characters stupid as the plot line was thin and obvious. The only surprising twist was it took the 'dectectives' so long to figure it out. Agatha Christie it was not!

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  • Destination Unknown

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

When a number of leading scientists disappear without a trace, concern grows within the international intelligence community. Are they being kidnapped? Blackmailed? Brainwashed? One woman appears to have the key to the mystery. Unfortunately, Olive Betteron now lies in a hospital bed, dying from injuries sustained in a Moroccan plane crash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Red haired are the best

  • By Mme Jabini on 29-03-16

An enjoyable story.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I enjoyed this Agatha Christie story. Entertaining with enough twists to keep it entertaining. I guessed a few of the plot lines but still had enough surprises to entertain. I enjoyed the different view of travel just after the war that modern authors would miss.

  • Trent's Last Case

  • The Detective Club
  • By: E. C. Bentley, Dorothy L. Sayers - afterword
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Written in reaction to what Bentley perceived as the sterility and artificiality of the detective fiction of his day, Trent's Last Case features Philip Trent, an all-too-human detective who not only falls in love with the chief suspect but reaches a brilliant conclusion that is totally wrong. Trent's Last Case begins when millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson is murdered while on holiday in England. A London newspaper sends Trent to investigate, and he is soon matching wits with Scotland Yard's Inspector Murth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptionally clever plot

  • By Kl Love on 15-10-17

Long winded

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Bit long winded. The story was ok, but I didn't like the narrators style at all. The story would have flowed more if it had been better read.

  • Frequent Hearses

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Gervase Fen is more at home in his ivory tower than in a London film studio, but Murder can take place anywhere, and aspiring actress Gloria Scott's suicide definitely looks like murder. Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios to advise about a film biography of Alexander Pope. Gloria Scott appears to have had little reason for wanting to kill herself by jumping off Waterloo bridge, but someone has taken great pains to hide Gloria's real identity, and Gervase Fen's detective nose begins to twitch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Pretty Little Mystery

  • By Sheryl Mason on 07-03-13

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

Good classic murder mystery. A very enjoyable easy listen. Enough twists to keep you entertained.

  • Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper

  • Detective Club Crime Classics
  • By: Donald Henderson
  • Narrated by: Tim Frances
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Mr Bowling is getting away with murder. On each occasion he buys a newspaper to see whether anyone suspects him. But there is a war on, and the clues he leaves are going unnoticed. Which is a shame, because Mr Bowling is not a conventional serial killer: he wants to get caught so that his torment can end. How many more newspapers must he buy before the police finally catch up with him?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but different type of murder mystery

  • By Fes on 09-01-19

Good but different type of murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This isn't your usual classic murder mystery. I enjoyed it. It was well read and I liked the characterisations and the flavour of the war years.

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