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Still Dead

Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
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When a member of the Reiver family of Dorn is found dead by the roadside, private investigator Miles Bredon is sent north to discover how the death will affect a possible payout of the family’s large insurance policy. Miles takes with him his wife Angela and together they investigate the possible influence of a religious group that Donald Reiver, head of the family, has recently joined.

©1934 Ronald Knox (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Gothic horror from a mystery writer

Ronald Knox is famous for an essay in which he outlined 10 rules a fair play mystery should follow. He's also fond of deconstructing mystery tropes without straying from the spirit if not the letter of those rules. I'm scratching my head at whether the solution to this tale strays too far from his own rules but it's entertaining nonetheless. You'll find yourself hitting yourself for not noticing some aspects of the solution that in retrospect are screaming at you even if the whole answer isn't totally satisfying.
The character of the doctor steals the show, too well written for me to really judge the rest of the ensemble cast. The returning characters are true to form. It feels less like a mystery and more of an atmospheric Gothic horror through much of the listen-time.

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slow moving. just a classic. scottish folklore.

a slow moving narration. all comees together in the end. strange Scottish plot. more colour interaction required for full benefit.