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England, 1924. Lady Adelaide Compton has recently (and satisfactorily) interred her husband, Major Rupert Charles Cressleigh Compton, hero of the Somme, in the family vault in the village churchyard.

Rupert died by smashing his Hispano-Suiza on a Cotswold country road while carrying a French mademoiselle in the passenger seat. With the house now Addie's, needed improvements in hand, and a weekend house party underway, how inconvenient of Rupert to turn up - not in the flesh, but as a spirit! Rupert has to perform a few good deeds before becoming welcomed to heaven - or, more likely, Addie thinks, to hell.

Before Addie can convince herself she hasn’t completely lost her mind, a murder disrupts her careful seating arrangement. Which of her 12 houseguests is a killer? Her mother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Broughton? Her sister, Cecilia, the born-again vegetarian? Her childhood friend and potential lover, Lord Lucas Waring? One of the others? Rupert has a solid alibi as a ghost and now an urge to investigate.

Enter Inspector Devenand Hunter from the Yard, an Anglo-Indian who is not going to let some barmy society beauty, witnessed talking to herself, derail his investigation. Something very peculiar is afoot at Compton Court, and he's going to get to the bottom of it - or go as mad as its mistress trying.

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Easy on the ear, you know who did it, early on. Only draw back those irritating wrong things for that era, like pumps instead of shoes/flats, thank goodness at least this writer hadn't put a sink instead if a basin in a bathroom of lavatory. The mispronounced Cannes which she pronounced Carne and Perchant she pronounced Pension.

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Good plot but terrible narrator

I enjoyed this story very much but as an audiobook the poor narration kept on throwing me out. The gabbling pace and repeat mispronunciations threw me out of the plot multiple times. It’s a shame but I’d read the book in preference. If you like this style try the Ashley Weavers instead.

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Great Story, Terrible Narration

I have listened to two of these books now and will listen to the third as the stories are cosily great but the narration is awful. There is inconsistency within the characterisations and some words (not names) are just mis-pronounced.

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A touch of gentility

Agatha v Randall and Hopkirk, so refreshing and a lovely story mixed with murder suspense and intrigue. Thoroughly modern thinking in a time of post war frivolity.

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Great fun !!

Such a lot of really funny episodes and a good story line. The ghost almost stopped me ordering this book but it's been a great light listen. Am going to start the next in the series and hope the main characters, including the ghost returns.

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  • 06-08-20

Fresh New Voice For Me..Very Good

This was a new writer for my burgeoning audible library ,.. at having
nearly 800 books to date , I feel I’m fairly qualified to say it was very good ,.. AND had me laughing out loud. Great combo.

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  • 10-08-20

very enjoyable

I greatly enjoyed this book. it was easy to listen to. entertaining. a nice afternoon listen.

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  • nkevinsc
  • 13-12-20

Tedious and Trite

All characters think and speak in cliches. Individuals, as such, are pale versions of stock parodies. Boring.

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  • A. Chandler
  • 23-12-20

Not what I expected

I bought this expecting a sort of Blithe Spirit romp, but the ghost is barely in it. When he does he appear he' is dull. The rest consists of the typical country house party murder but none of the characters is interesting. I returned it.

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  • D. LeBlanc
  • 03-06-21

unsatisfying ending

I consider myself easy to please when it comes to fiction in this genre. but the main character was whining and kind of flat. the ending was unsatisfying.