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Summary

The season of Epiphany is in full swing at Gwenafwy Abbey when 10 new nuns from a convent in Los Angeles join the community of Anglican sisters in Wales. They bring energy, youthful enthusiasm, and more electronic equipment than Sister Agatha could have imagined. 

The arrival of the new nuns brings something else to the Abbey - a bit of unexpected notoriety. Claire Pennoyer, an ambitious young reporter for the Church Times, interviews the new sisters for a feature story. Murder is the last thing on anyone's mind when Claire is found dead on the beach, her mobile phone in the sand. A tragic death, says Constable Barnes. A selfie gone bad. Meanwhile, Sister Agatha is unconvinced and puts on her detective's hat. Clues abound including the mysterious discovery of a missing key baked into the king's cake for the feast of Epiphany. Sister Agatha's tangled list of suspects includes even the abbey's residents - and the beloved archbishop of Wales. Worst of all are her worries about the abbey's beloved Shetland pony, Bartimaeus, who may be reaching the end of a noble life. 

Time is running out as Sister Agatha uncovers a shocking reality. Will she reveal the truth hidden in an ancient document before it is too late?

©2020 Jane Willan (P)2021 Tantor

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Good story poor narration

Loved the story but oh dear the narration was awful! Attempts at a Welsh accent resulted in a strange combination of Scottish, Welsh, Irish, with a touch of Lancashire thrown in for good measure. American terms; for example, 'sidewalk' are irritating considering the story is set in North Wales. Must admit that I found the frequent mention of stroking the pony's 'fetlock' rather amusing - as fetlock is a joint at the lower part of a pony's leg, perhaps the author meant forelock.

Good story though and if there is another book in the series I will buy a copy in the hope that the feedback has been acted upon.

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Cringeworthy accents - appalling narration!

I’m usually pretty tolerant when it comes to narrators, but this is the absolute worst I’ve come across. Having listened to the first two books I. The series I wanted to third as they are a pleasant easy listen. However, I am returning this without completing it. I cannot bear to continue. The accents are worse than appalling and I cannot listen to another word!

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A pity

I rarely abandon a book but I was tempted to do so with this book. The two previous books were enjoyable if very American in language and prone to factual howlers. This time the new narrator produced such a ponderous and deadpan delivery that the characters did not come alive. What little comedy was lost as a result. Proper Welsh and Irish accents were missing and the American ones mangled. As for the plot the villain was just unbelievable. I would suggest if there is to be another Sister Agatha then the author should research how the UK police force works and study a map of the British Isles. Balmoral is in Scotland!

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Couldn't get past the first chapter!

I've loved the previous 2 books read by Helen Lloyd...I could not get past the 1st chapter with this new narrator :( Audio quality very poor and performance flat, accents questionable and generally left me unable to really understand the story....very disappointed😞

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Why change the original narrator???

couldn't do an accent, really ruined it for me, everyone sounded 80 and weird welsh

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Pastoral sleuthing in beautiful Wales

Loved it.Struggled to understand
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voice different to the previous recordings. poor accents spoiled the experience. a series should keep continuity of reader.

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Didn't love this narrator at all. Very difficult accents created for various parts. Story, however, was as good a read as the first two books were.

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Good Story, Appalling Narration

Nice engaging story but spoiled by the awful Welsh accents. If you can cope with the bad narration, the story is worth listening to...

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Another great mystery but AWFUL narrator

This is the 3rd book in the series and I’ve loved them all. But this instalment has a new narrator and I’m afraid she is AWFUL. Her normal voice is dull and her Welsh, American and Irish accents are absolutely DIABOLICAL. Despite the great storyline I’m struggling to finish listening to this book because of the awful narrator. I won’t be downloading anymore with this narrator, which is a terrible shame as I love Sister Agatha!

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  • 03-06-21

Please go back to the old narrator!

There are only three of these in the series so far, but I have loved all of them. The delightful Sister Agatha and her fellow nuns make for an interesting and amusing group of investigators. The narrator for this one was lacking, however. She was trying so hard to put on a Welsh accent that the effect was "sing song" and began to get on my nerves. Still, I enjoyed it because of the story. Spoiler alert - this one will make you ugly cry.

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  • Aorrwen1
  • 13-08-21

Abide With Me

I waited for this Audible performance for almost a year. The characters are so beautifully constructed that you want to meet them in the pub for a pint. Let me start by saying that as a reader/listener I might smile at an amusing scene but rarely laugh out loud. I do not gasp at unseen twists and turns, or a suspenseful passage, and mostly certainly I never cry ! Yet , I did all these things and more. I can not say more without giving secrets away.
Just read/listen to this fantastic series!!

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  • DaisyJ
  • 18-06-21

Disappointing narrator

We quickly grew accustomed to the talent of Helen Lloyd from the previous Sister Agatha book. This narrator was robotic and didn’t have the same voice / accent range that we enjoyed. At times, it was difficult to listen to.

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  • Beatrice
  • 09-05-21

3 and a half

Abide with Me is well written mystery but not as humorous as the first two books in this series.

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  • Paulette
  • 27-06-21

Started slow but ended great

I had a hard time understanding the new narrator so I had a hard time understanding what was going on in the beginning. Because of that, it seemed like the story was dragging. Unlike others who reviewed this book, I preferred the dialogue better that the narration of the story. The narrator seem to come alive during the dialogues. I eventually changed the speaking speed to 1.1 and had a better time listening to the story. I understood the second half of the story better and I enjoyed it very much. I sure hope there will be another book, only not so long of a story.

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  • TJ#5
  • 14-06-21

Love the stories

I really liked the other two books and was surprised that this book was narrated by someone else. I just about returned it but decided to stick it out and I’m glad I did. I love the series.

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  • Caprilounge
  • 10-06-21

Meh

I am SO disappointed! The first two books of the series were sooo warm and engaging and the narration so wonderful that I wanted to join the Order! This book left me flat; I had to speed up the narration because it went so slowly. The new narrator seemed to savor the inflection of the Welsh accent to such an extent that the up and down sing-song way the characters spoke became annoying (Sorry, Ms. Dixon!) The series is called The Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mysteries - but Father Selwyn is not a key character this time around. Since Sister Agatha has proved herself to be a good detective, why do her compatriots continually balk at her deductive observations? And why does she continually doubt herself? ~Worst part? The culmination and the motives of the killer. ~ Best part? The inclusion of Sister Gwyneth in Sister Agatha's adventures. If there is a next one, I hope it will be better.:-(

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  • R. Murphy
  • 14-07-22

Fantastic plot

This series keeps getting better and better. Loveable characters with a story line that keeps you guessing, and some moments that make you laugh out loud. The Narrator is good, but she cannot do a credible Irish accent. Submitted by Irish Roever

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-22

Entertaining, light listening.

This is not a serious thought story. It is light and entertaining. I have listened to several Jane Willam stories and the only complaint I have is this narrator. It is not the same narrator as other books.There is little variation in her voice from one character to another. The characters all sound like they are slurring.

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  • Gran Gran
  • 12-05-22

the best of the series

oh my...
great ending...
surprising plit!
love the the quotes from Bible & hymns but crying listening to last chapter.💔💔💔