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Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer Alec Grimes is missing.

When James finds Grimes dead, he is certain of foul play. But the doctor says he died of natural causes, and even good friend Detective Chief Inspector George Lane dismisses his suspicions. So James decides to put his own sleuthing skills to the test....

©2011 Lynn Florkiewicz (P)2017 Story Sound

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  • Fi
  • 04-04-18

Thin, anachronistic piffle

I love classic crime, to read or via Audible, and can listen endlessly to Dorothy L. Sayers. There is no aristo sleuth to beat Wimsey but, had Harrington - or the writing - been 10% as good, I would have been satisfied. He isn’t.

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Found the characters a bit stupid

The author is clearly keen on (dull) food. The characters eat all the time and do no exercise the should all be exceedingly fat! I found the 'dectective' slow on the uptake and the storyline clunky. Characters were very sterotyped. Just a slow and unexciting plot unfortunately.

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great!!

this was a pleasure to listen to, well read and good story. I am already looking forward to the next in the series.

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Lord Harrington

More please lots lots more please plus read by David Thorpe he is absolutely brilliant

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First Harrington disappointment.

I love this series and couldn't wait to download this one. But, I'm not a huge fan of occultish trends in stories.
The characters are excellent in these stories - very believable, and 'of the period'. I'm not too sure how much Halloween was celebrated at that time, to be honest. Children certainly went round collecting for Nov 5th, but I felt Halloween re-gained its more ancient popularity in the nineties. Certainly, growing up in the fifties, it wasn't mentioned at all in the villages in and around my home.

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PURE ENTERTAINMENT

This I a fantastic read Narator just right Sorty Compelling It is just wonderful to relaxe and enjoy pure entertainment

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  • John
  • 18-12-17

I'm Officially Hooked On Lord Harrington

Now that I'm totally attached to these characters you simply must add the other ones from this series to your list of offerings at Audible,... not fair getting me hooked without a follow up .

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  • notlad
  • 16-02-18

The wife is a real DITZ

Not wanting to give away the story, but she really is an idiot. She consistently reverses her opinions, even in the same conversation. Married to a man all those years, yet belittles him when he explained his concerns. Not once, but numerous times. Then of course threw everything into the soup. She really made me tired. I enjoyed the other characters, though, especially Bert. Lots of dialogue about food and clothing, even to the color of the clothes. Filler?

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  • Lorriee
  • 21-03-18

More less than more.

Plot is hidden among descriptions of clothing and dinner menus. A bit tedious to keep searching for the story.

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  • Katherin Clemmence
  • 29-01-18

Too much to eat

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like to focus on food

Would you ever listen to anything by Lynn Florkiewicz again?

Probably not

What three words best describe David Thorpe’s performance?

He did a good job

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

There was so much about food in this book that one wonders why it wasn’t titled "Lord James Harrington and Eating in West Sussex." I did not enjoy these parts of the book (there were way too many) but if you take out all the food, it is an average murder mystery. No surprise -- there was a recipe at the end!

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  • carol
  • 29-06-18

Worth a listen

I almost didn’t purchase this based on other reviews, but glad I did. I liked the characters and the story was very good with me trying to figure out whodunit to the very end. Would listen to more in the series.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 20-02-18

OK

quite a good yarn if you are in the mood for some lighthearted stereotypical sleuthing.

David reads well, and yes you really can hear the smile in his voice at times. I am not sure it is worth $20 or about that, but a credit from a Platinum member is not too much.

If you have heard all the Peter Temple stories and know all Lord Peter's tales (Sawyer) and you know most of Agatha's by heart, then this will be a welcome newcomer.

If it comes up on a special sale, all the better.

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  • bharblin
  • 29-12-17

Great reader, Great Story

Please more, because the characters are interesting and the plot was fun but smart. First class narration

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  • Lynn Harris
  • 09-02-18

Lord Harrington

Terrific story- family friendly and
David Thorpe did an excellent job reading.
I can wait for the next book

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  • Sharon
  • 25-04-19

A 1950's era British cozy

This is a satisfying, well written, well plotted story, with lots of 1950's detail and a very excellent cast of well developed characters. I like the people of the village, and it will be comfortable listening to go back in another story and see what mischief some of them have gotten into. I was particularly impressed with the author's bio on her page in Audible. The most delightfully forthright description of her writing process. I feel like I know her and could hang out with her chatting.

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  • Teacher/Realtor
  • 11-04-18

Good story, but sing-song slapping narrator, no.

When Mr. Thorp reads in his third person narrator voice, he goes into a shrill, sing-song and slaps the first word of every sentence, phrase, and important verb. It was impossible to adapt, but I tried by downloading three different equalizer apps, but could not get rid of that slamming slapp particularly when Mr. Thorpe says James. Otherwise, his voice is beautiful, and his character's voices are masterfully diverse. I just wish he would read the Standard British accents with the smoothness and ease he gives to the American and Cockney accents. I skipped along to sample whether he relaxed his narrator voice. No. I'm bummed out about it, because I'm a big fan of this writer, and unlike a few other reviewers, I enjoy her food, clothing, and scenery descriptions.

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