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A Murder of Quality Audiobook

A Murder of Quality

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Publisher's Summary

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'.

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realises that in life - as in espionage - nothing is quite what it appears. His investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night? To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds.

©1962 le Carré Productions (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Mr. H. Watson 15/08/2016
    Mr. H. Watson 15/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre"

    The narration beautifully added perfection to an already stunning work. Well done Michael Jayson.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 24/05/2016
    Michelle 24/05/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Smiley as crime sleuth is excellent"

    It's amazing how vividly Le Carré makes the characters & setting with such pared back description. The setting of an outdated boarding school is interesting & the plot mostly keeps you guessing. As much a whydunnit as a whodunnit. This was the last of the major Smiley books I have read. It's also interesting to note the social changes of the past 56 years.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 01/05/2017
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    "Very enjoyable"

    As usual Mr le Carre weaves a tale that keeps one guessing all the way through, a very interesting story with well described characters. Shorter than some of his novels, but good just the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FD London, UK 15/04/2017
    FD London, UK 15/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A conventional murder mystery beautifully written"

    This is the second novel featuring George Smiley. Unlike the others this book is not set in the world of the Secret Service. It's actually a conventional murder mystery, quite true to the genre. Yet with Le Carré's terrifically descriptive writing. Michael Jayston is an outstanding narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Zohhadi 30/03/2017
    Simon Zohhadi 30/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining Whodunnit"

    John Le Carre's second novel, A Murder of Quality, is an entertaining whodunnit. Not as good as his first nor does it have the complexity of his later books. Nevertheless, it features the brilliant George Smiley. I enjoyed it.

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    Pammy 19/06/2016
    Pammy 19/06/2016

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    "A good old who dunnit"

    I really enjoy the first two le Carre books in this one, George Smiley is contacted by a wartime co-worker, Miss Brimley, who runs a Christian magazine and receives a letter sent by Stella Rode,claiming her husband is going to murder her.Then Smiley finds out that the woman has already been murdered and decides to go investigate. Now read on... Excelently read as wel

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    Fleetwoodboy 29/07/2017
    Fleetwoodboy 29/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "It's not all black and white"

    Terrific and well written thriller, but then it is a la Carre . I listened to it and just couldn't turn it off and what a great twist in the tail.

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    Andrea Edan London 08/07/2017
    Andrea Edan London 08/07/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Le Carre on top form"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Murder of Quality to be better than the print version?

    I'd say that with Michael Jayston's narration, they are about equal.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes - all his Le Carre narrations. All equally good.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish there were more of the Smiley books. Love them all. Both to read and listen to. The great thing about the world of Smiley is that there is just a great story without any unnecessary technology distractions.

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    Misspelt 06/07/2017
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Fast paced, lots of plot with distraction and fantastic narration. Thoroughly recommended. You won't be disappointed.

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    Mr 03/07/2017
    Mr 03/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Just could not get into it."

    Poor narration, boring plot. Maybe I just wasn't in the "zone" for this book but I was bitterly disappointed.

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