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Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

Cherringham 4-6
Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
Series: Cherringham Compilations, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

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.

Here Jack and Sarah get caught up in a mysterious treasure hunt. They tease out the truth behind the town puppeteer's death, and they're threatened by the ancient curse of a local farm.

Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new mystery thriller released each month. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

For fans of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple series", Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who series", Caroline Graham's "Midsomer Murders", and the American TV series "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Lansbury.

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90's, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and - most recently - the successful crime fiction series Cherringham.

The narrator of the audiobook, Neil Dudgeon, has been in many British television programmes including the roles of "DCI John Barnaby" in "Midsomer Murders" and "Jim Riley" in "The Life of Riley".
©2016 Bastei Lübbe (P)2016 Lübbe Audio

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Very enjoyable

I usually listen to more gruesome crime thrillers, but I really enjoyed mixing them up with the Cherringham series. Good story lines, easy listening and love the relationship between Jack and Sarah. Nice relaxing listen but still very entertaining. Excellent narration. Can't wait to hear some more.

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Lovely simple very English village drama

An easy set of crime stories. Just right for listening to while dog walking. Non threatening, not gruesome, just right to pass the time.

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two out of three

This is a terrific series overall - perfect for easy listening at any time of day or night. I have docked a star for the story because episode 6 stretched things a little too far for me. For those unfamiliar with the series, each episode is a standalone short story but in the same context and main characters (think Midsummer Murders), so I can forgive the slight lapse and move on shortly to Cherringham 7-9 :).

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Cherringham Novels

Sweet and slow.. enjoyed very much. Have read about half up to book 13. Looking forward to the rest.

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another winner

another cosy listen. love this series. it's just right for me while I'm walking the dogs on the beach.

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After book one just more of the same

Plots a bit far fetched and quite alot of lazy sexisum in this one.

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Great story

Great stories with little twists, not all murders just and a great partnership and storyline.

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What a Discovery

My second Cherringham compilation, stories just the right length to be interesting without having to bring in sub-plots. Neil Dudgeon's voice is soothing, he brings the characters to life. No graphic details of either sex or violence - just enough to get the picture.

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easy listening amateur crime solving

loved it. easy listening. twists. good amateur sleuthing. well narrated and thoroughly enjoyable. can't wait to hear the next one.

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Lovely listen

I love listening to the Cheringham audio books. They keep you interested right to the end. The main characters are rounded and realistic. Jack and Sarah are a great double act.

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  • Deb
  • 30-10-16

Addictive series!

Well written and love Neil's narrative, hope he does more books. I plan on listening to every one.

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  • Beatrice
  • 29-10-16

Wonderfully Entertaining

This is a great series and I'm glad I discovered it. I enjoy the interaction between Jack and Sarah. The mysteries are uncomplicated and interesting. I love this series and can't wait to listen to the next episode.

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  • K
  • 15-08-17

great series

Hurry and get books 7 and 8 in English and on Audible. I don't understand why they are "done" in German first and then in English. Can anyone explain why?

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  • Sherry
  • 25-10-16

held my interest

I think this book was well worth the time.I enjoyed the entire reading.it held my interest from beginning to end.

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  • Anita
  • 10-10-16

Loved it!

I enjoyed this cozy series! Neil Dudgeon is one of my favorite actors and he doesn't disappoint in his performance here! Great characters and clever plots---an enjoyable escape into Cherringham😊

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  • Kathi
  • 20-02-17

Delightful find!

Matthew Costello and Neil Richards have created a series that is a very compelling listen. The characters are always fun, even if a bit two dimensional (which works fine in this series, where the stories don't have enough length to develop multi dimensions in the changing characters). Jack, an American ex-cop, living on a longboat in England, becomes friends with Sarah, a single mom--and they discover they each like "sleuthing" and are good at it together.

These are mysteries, but one thing I really like, is that each book is a series of several short stories instead of one long 7-8 hour book. One might think that there would not be enough time to develop really interesting stories--but in fact, so far each has been thorough, fun, a good whodunit, and just exactly enough details to let the listener get well involved. I suspect it takes more skill to craft more and shorter engaging new plots than to write just one long book (which are sometimes padded with extra "filler" material). And I've been impressed with the originality of plot details that these writers have used.

The narration by Neil Dudgeon (who plays the new John Barnaby in the long running Midsomer Murders series) is very talented also. He has an excellent range of voices--and matches them well to the characters. This series has a lot of creativity, clever writing, good plots, and are quite engaging. Low level on violence, and high quality on listening enjoyment!

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  • Trish R.
  • 16-12-18

Every bit as good as the first 3 novellas..



THICK AS THIEVES

This was about a Roman Plate found on the farm of Pete, who was to share the monies that came from anything Jerry Pratt and his friend Baz discovered, with their metal detectors, on his land. But, the plate was stolen that same night and it was up to Jack and Sarah to find out who had stolen it.

Another fun little adventure for the detecting twosome.

LAST TRAIN TO LONDON

Okay, this was about a murder of a jeweler/puppeteer who was supposed to be from Germany but it turned out he was from Romania. Jack and Sarah were looking into it but nothing seemed to make sense, until it did. It was a sad story but it turned out to be a great ending.

THE CURSE OF MABB’S FARM

A curse that was not a curse but Jack and Sarah had to figure out what was going on. And I have to admit I was really surprised at who was “causing” the curse.

Again I enjoyed these 3 novellas immensely. Not that edge of you seat read, just a calm little read that kept me calm and happy. I will definitely read all the Cherringham novellas. It’ll take me a while but I enjoyed Jack and Sarah so much I won’t forget them no matter how long it takes me to read them.

As to the narration: I can only reiterate what I said in the first 3 novellas I listened to. Neil Dudgeon does kind of stink at the women’s voices but he does everything else so perfectly I can look past that. His voice for the American Jack was simply awesome.




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  • Jody Swink
  • 14-03-17

Ive decided I love it. Completely Charming.

When I started series 1-3 I feared it would be cheesy...theme music the mix of James Bond and Sex in the City, NY cop moves to rural England...
In reality, it's completely charming. Great narrator. The characters are likable. The plots and mysteries are clever but not too dark nor dim witted. I've really enjoyed them.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 10-03-17

Cute short stories

Three short mysteries. Cozy, nothing too deep but fun. Good characters.

Neil Dudgeon does a great job as narrator.

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  • tweety09
  • 03-02-17

Very Good Series!

Enjoyed every minute of these stories.
Very well written.
Narrator Neil Dudgeon has a clear voice and easy to follow along with.
Recommend this series.

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