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  • Murder at the Spring Ball

  • A 1920s Mystery (Lord Edgington Investigates..., Book 1)
  • By: Benedict Brown
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Murder at the Spring Ball

By: Benedict Brown
Narrated by: George Blagden
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Summary

A little music, a little dancing, a little murder at the spring ball.

England, 1925. After years shut away from the world, former detective Lord Edgington of Cranley Hall plans a grand ball to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday.

But when someone starts bumping off members of his scheming family, the old man enlists his teenage grandson to help find the killer, before one of them is next.

The mismatched duo must pick the culprit from a gaggle of preening playboys, scatter-brained spinsters and irate inspectors in this Agatha-Christie-style whodunnit that will have you racing to spot the killer.

With a cast of eccentric suspects (both upstairs and down) and an adorable golden retriever along for the ride, Murder at the Spring Ball is a warm-hearted murder mystery full of intrigue, humour and adventure.

The Lord Edgington Investigates... audiobooks are narrated by George Blagden from the TV shows, Vikings, Versailles, and the Oscar-winning film of Les Miserables.

©2021 Benedict Brown (P)2023 Heathdene Books

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Very Enjoyable

Different , engaging and clever . That’s my verdict anyway . Not as predictable as I thought it would be and I hadn’t guessed the villain .
Characters interesting , twists plenty and humour too !
Looking forward to next instalment .

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Unbelievably awful

Shame the author failed to research so many basic things. 50 year old champagne is likely to be flat vinegar. 1920’s gentlemen would not wear a dove grey morning suit to a ball. Nor would house guests carry a top hat. White dinner jackets were only worn in the tropics. Schoolboys referred to each other by their surnames. And so it goes on.

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Boring

I have had a number of boring books over the years but this one takes the biscuit

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Really well put together!

I have a confession:

I started reading a Christmas story of Lord E, and didn’t like it - I gave up after chapter 14 (I think). It was said that one need not have pre-read any of the series to enjoy the Christmas tale, but that turned out to be untrue. Now that I have read (& heartily enjoyed), this tale and discovered the personalities, I shall revisit that book. But…

I may actually wait until it comes out as an audiobook. I truly believe that 90% of my enjoyment of this book is the superb narration by George Blagden! The characters absolutely come to life under his skill and Great Aunt Clementine’s awful singing could not have been bettered! His narration made a lot more of the text than I believe my imagination would have done. Lord E has more vigour in him, than I bestowed on him in the Christmas tale.

The story was also engaging and enjoyable. With a good amount of credible alibis and no red herrings! There weren’t any characters whom one would immediately dislike (not really), of the kind who grate on one…

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I do hope that the next one is released very soon - followed immediately by the next.

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Next please!!

Can't wait for future books in this series. A must hear book which had me gripped from start to finish. An excellent narrator capturing all the characters perfectly.

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Great fun

A wonderful new series that leaves you wanting more.
I am ready for the next book. The characters are rich and varied. A good story line. Great to read on a winter's day by a cosy fire.

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Sorry

Well I did manage to finish it although I fast forwarded through quite a lot. I could accept most of the errors in period behaviour but overall it was just too long with too many similar situations and assessments. Which got boring.

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Well Plotted & Funny

Really enjoyed this story. So well written & funny. Can't wait for the next one!

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Funny, cosy and so well plotted - I loved it!

Funny, cosy and so well plotted - I loved this 1920s murder mystery. Great characters, with twisty backstories and secrets. But the prose is efficient and no extra fluff. If you like Agatha Christie, you'll love this.

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Great mystery

Very well written story and a surprise at the end - would read more in series

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