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Summary

His practice newly established, metaphysician Ned Mathey can't afford to turn away any clients. But the latest Londoner to seek Ned's magical aid gives him pause: Mr. Edgar Nevett, an arrogant banker, is the father of the bully who made Ned's life hell at boarding school. Nevertheless, Ned accepts the commission to ensure the Nevett family silver bears no ancient or modern curses, and then prepares to banish the Nevett family to unpleasant memory again. Until Edgar Nevett is killed by an enchanted silver candlestick one of the pieces Ned declared magically harmless.

Calling on his old school friend Julian Lynes - private detective and another victim of the younger Nevett - Ned races to solve the murder, clear the stain on his professional reputation, and lay to rest the ghosts of his past. Assisted by Ned's able secretary Miss Frost, who has unexpected metaphysical skills of her own, Ned and Julian explore London's criminal underworld and sodomitical demimonde, uncover secrets and scandals, confront the unexpected murderer and the mysteries of their own relationship.

In Death by Silver veteran authors Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold introduce a Victorian London where magic works, influencing every aspect of civilized life, and two very appealing detectives.

©2013 Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold (P)2013 Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold

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Editing!

Like other reviewers have stated, there are several repeated lines and jumps in the audio. The narrator was not the best, lacking inflection and expression. I had a break from this book and listened to others in between then returned and ploughed on to the end, deciding that it wasn’t too bad, after all. My small gripes are not enough for me to not buy the next in the series as the tale was enough to keep me interested.

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Great story but could do with better audio edit

Fantastic story and compelling characters. The narrator has a great voice and good pacing, but is let down by the editing. Skipped or repeated parts, and a few places where there were either typos in the text or the narrator misread (eg. at one point a character "stands without rising" - I thing the "rising" was supposed to be "smiling"?). Not enough to stop someone enjoying the book if they're not sensitive to that sort of thing, but room for improvement.

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  • Sean
  • 14-10-16

Good story, terrible reader.

The setting and characters were well done. The reader was monotonous, and a variety of nonverbal mouth noises made it through the editing process. Inhalations, sighs, lip-smacks, tongue clicks make for a very amateur performance. No effort was made to differentiate one character's voice from another.

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  • C. G. Wilson
  • 04-04-16

Well written intriguing mystery but many narration editing problems

Alt world Victorian London murder mystery with a dash of m/m, what's not to love?
The narrative style and dialogue were witty and perfectly pitched as to the situation at hand. The flashbacks truly helped the reader (I read this first) understand the current state of affairs among the players in the drama. Well Done!

Unfortunately, the audible version was not so delightful. The narrator did tolerably well with character voices (There were some inconsistencies in accent and timbre), but the editing! As one of the characters might say, "I could hardly keep my countenance!" Long pauses, repeat sentences, truncated paragraphs, disturbing extraneous noises (like sirens), snuffling, were almost distracting enough to render it unlistenable, which is truly a shame as the story is so good. I would recommend to the authors or Audible that they spend a few schillings on a re-edit of this delightful tale so as increase its appeal and market value

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  • Daniel
  • 28-11-13

Might be good but narrator kills it.

Would you try another book from Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold and/or Matthew Cresswell?

Yes for the authors.
No for the narrator.

Would you recommend Death by Silver to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe the book but not this version. The story seems solid but Cresswell bombs the telling to the point that 2 hr in I had to stop.

How could the performance have been better?

Cresswell fells like he's just reading aloud rather than tell a story. There's no inflection, it's hard to tell who's talking which makes it hard to follow the story. to top it off you can hear his lips smacking in the backgrounds which is highly annoying.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Book looked ok going to get the paper/digital version

Any additional comments?

If it's ever recast I'd it again but nothing else from this narrator will enter my library.

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  • Gwen
  • 29-04-21

Death by Silver, imagining the use of magic as commonplace and mundane in everyday life.

Extraordinary world building and creativity; unique to the extent that I could listen to this narrator as though he were in the setting being described,,,it is very much worth the effort...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-09-20

ehhhh

the story was good but the performance almost ruined the experience with too many pauses

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  • A. Berg
  • 16-05-20

Fabulous story, Ruined by Narrator

I'm very irritated by paying actual money to listen to one of my favorite books being ruined by this awful actor.

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  • Jensen
  • 25-02-18

Horrible sound edits

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but the ebook, the sound was awful.

How could the performance have been better?

Another narrator, I could hear him swallow, smacking his lips and various other background noices, it was just plain bad.

Do you think Death by Silver needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is a sequel, and I think a novella on the way. Yay, love the guys.
Book 2 is also in audio, but with a different narrator, I might try that, once I have a fresh batch of credits.

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  • Allen
  • 29-05-15

Great Story

Where does Death by Silver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It kept my attention and increased my understanding of what Gay life and bachelor life was like in late 1800's London.

What other book might you compare Death by Silver to and why?

The book was in the format of a Sherlock Homes novel in that a mysterious murder is unraveled by pure detective work and it takes place in a similar city and time with two characters playing on each other's strengths to catch the killer.

What three words best describe Matthew Cresswell’s voice?

Voice is excellent. The quality of the recording itself was just below excellent. The editing was obvious and distracting, at times one heard the narrator swallow, turn pages, move his chair and one heard background sounds.

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  • Violet B.
  • 11-03-17

Horrible narration

don't bather with this one . get the book is better. this narrator sounded so bored when reading this I could swear he was reclining on a sofa eating a peace of patatoe while readung this great book.
I don't like to give reviews like this but
I must have great narration to this great books ,it just upsets me beyond belief how can narrators messed up something so good. akkk!
DNF! !