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  • Mrs. McGinty's Dead

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Mrs McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion fell immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes revealed traces of the victim's blood and hair. Yet something was amiss: Bentley just didn't look like a murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of her best

  • By James on 21-09-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

I've never heard of this book before and truly brilliant. Lots of characters intertwined and kept me guessing.
Hugh Fraser excellent character voices made this a great and easy listen.

  • Murder Under the Sun: 13 Summer Mysteries by The Queen of Crime

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Summer. Holiday season. A time for rest and relaxation. But murder can strike anywhere, as this selection of an ‘unlucky 13’ mysteries by Agatha Christie proves. Join Hercule Poirot, Christopher Parker Pyne, Harley Quin and James Bond on this special holiday-themed collection, and take a dip into these short stories, perfect for killing time on the beach, by the pool - or at home, when planning to get away from it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser

  • By Emilou on 30-07-19

A Great Summer Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-08-19

Compilation of stories by Agatha Christie.
Never heard of Mr Parker Pyne before, very intriguing.

Narrator Hugh Fraser. I listened to a previous book that he did and didn't enjoy it one bit and refused to listen to him read anything again. That was 3 years ago.
I decided to give him another chance and I'm so glad I did. These short stories showed off his best character voices and ease of switching between narrator and character.

  • A Murderous Ride

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 2
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In "A Murderous Ride," the second Bunburry book, Alfie discovers that he has not only inherited a cottage from his late Aunt Augusta but also a 1950s Jaguar. He is dismayed: for reasons of his own, he no longer drives. Aunt Augusta's best friends, Liz and Marge, persuade him to get behind the wheel again - but that's just the start of his troubles. Alfie discovers it's a seriously bad idea to get on the wrong side of the local police sergeant. Especially when he finds himself at a murder scene and the sergeant decides Alfie's the murderer. There's only one thing to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ride On

  • By Susi Moffat on 29-04-19

Wishing it was longer.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-19

Another installment from Bunburry. An inheritance that leads poor Alfie into another avenue for a death. Still a good listen an Nathaniel Parker's character voices make this book a good listen. Just wish that they would make the stories into a compilation, as they are only just 2 hour listens.

  • Murder at the Mousetrap

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 1
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Alfie McAlister has retreated from London to the peace and quiet of the country to recover from a personal tragedy. But an accidental death - which may have been no accident - reveals that the heart of England is far from the tranquil backwater he imagined. After arriving in Bunburry, he is co-opted as an amateur detective by Liz and Marge, two elderly ladies who were best friends with Alfie's late Aunt Augusta. And it is not long before their investigations take an even more dramatic turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cannot rate this high enough.

  • By JM Manington on 02-02-19

Really good listen

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

Reviewed: 14-05-19

Narrator is aka actor for Inspector Lynley. A surprising amount of good character voices.
The story is quite interesting however I thought the ending was quite abrupt. This could be because it's the first story and the author is setting the scene and story lines for all the characters involved.
Also it felt shorter in length, although it's actually the same length as most of the books I listen too. So possibly because I was enjoying it so much I listened to more of it for longer.
I will be purchasing the next one in the series to see what happens next.

  • The Mystery of Three Quarters

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really Hard Work

  • By Emma C on 16-09-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-04-19

Another satisfying book to listen too.
Julian Rhind Tutt is a brilliant narrator and his character voices are spot on.
The story is another interwoven many character story and with every chapter the plot twists and turns. Found myself listening to more chapters per day, just hear what will happen next.
I hope Sophie Hannah writes more and that Julian will continue to narrate them.

In fact it would be nice if he would willing to narrate some the original books by Agatha Christie, as David Suchette only read a few of them.

  • So Pretty a Problem

  • By: Francis Duncan
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is back in another classic mystery from the author of Murder for Christmas. Adrian Carthallow, enfant terrible of the art world, is no stranger to controversy. But this time it's not his paintings that have provoked a blaze of publicity - it's the fact that his career has been suddenly terminated by a bullet to the head. Not only that, but his wife has confessed to firing the fatal shot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When author is matched in skill by performer magic

  • By Mrs. H. L. Rider on 08-03-17

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Geoffrey Beevers does a good job of creating the characters in this book. Tremaine will always be his main voice.
This has lots of twists and turns, unfortunately this story seemed a bit long winded for me as most if it is in retrospect of the main event. Don't be put off by my opinion it still a good listen and the author wrote this in the 50's, so by today's standards it might be considered as heard it all before. However at the time it probably hadn't been.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel, an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favourite!

  • By Rachel OK on 10-09-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

In my humble opinion Joan Hickson is Miss Marple.
Wonderfully read, character voices and I loved the fact I could hear the pages being turned. Truly a complex cold case, solved by an unassuming spinster. Christie at her best.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 13-15
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

"A Lesson in Murder": When Jack and Sarah are called in to investigate mysterious pranks at Cherringham Girls School, it seems at first that it might be the work of a few mean pupils with a grudge. But things quickly turn serious when a popular teacher meets a sudden, violent death. "The Secret of Combe Castle": When the penniless FitzHenrys find themselves victims of a threatening campaign to oust them from their ancestral home, Jack and Sarah are called in to track down the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Carol on 10-06-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Another intriguing set of stories.
Neil Dudgeon's character voices get more interesting and broaden as each story develops.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 7-9
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listenng

  • By Mrs. C. on 23-10-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Another excellent instalment of the Cherringham Series.
Really enjoy listening to Neil Dudgeon as the narrator.
The story lines are very plausible and would fit right at home within the Midsomer villages. Although I'm not sure I'd want to visit there. Lol.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 4-6
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jane on 14-03-17

Love this series.

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

It just gets better. Neil Dudgeon is brilliant as a narrator.
Now Midsomer Murders has returned to the TV, it's like having him in my pocket on tap.
Wonderful.