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Strange Tombs

By: Syd Moore
Narrated by: Julia Barrie
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

Halloween in Essex, and things are going well for the writers on the Mystery and Suspense course at Ratchette Hall. Things, however, take a turn when early on All Saints' Day the course administrator is discovered murdered. 

The Essex Witch Museum investigators are quickly drafted in. As Rosie Strange and Sam Stone's investigation progresses they find more questions than answers: who is making the howling noises late into the night? What is the strange glimmering glimpsed in the woods? Why is one of the church crusaders missing a finger? And what of the enigma of the ancient empty tomb? 

When another writer turns up dead, the pair must use their experience of folklore, mystery and magic to solve the mystery.

©2019 Sydney Moore (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd
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There were some repeated sentences

Repeated sentences, don't know if this was the reader or a problem with the editing.

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Halloween, ghost writers, an old house and murder

I absolutely loved Tombs, my maiden name was Ann Bartholomew ( see chapter one) :) which is why I gave five stars for everything:D
seriously though, this is such a good tale, it has everything, an old house, a Ghost writers retreat, full of interesting,quirky characters, a murder, and it’s Halloween! ...Rosie and Sam are called in to investigate..there are some intriguing sub plots which makes you so impatient for the next book...I’m always drawing comparison when reading The Strange series...who do they remind me of ? What are there elements of? Tombs has an Agatha Christie feel to it..I even think there’s a few nods to the beloved M R James ...and then it struck me ..Rose and Sam are like Johnathan Creek and Maddie but in reverse..there’s the same humour, underlying romantic tensions, combined with quick wit, humour and then bam! Something evil this way comes! If I were a TV producer, I would grab this series with both hands. With the right actors this would be an absolute hit ...TV producers take note! :)

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Really disappointed.

I loved the first two book in this series, so I was really looking forward to relaxing with this one. Sadly I just couldn't get into the story, I'm not sure why, I just haven't been able to get further than chapter four, I have zero interest in knowing what happens. I will be returning it.
Julia Barrie is as good as in the first two (I will be looking for other books narrated by her) but I think the editor must have had a day off !!! The amount of times lines are re-taken and the first attempt not taken out is really distracting, it snaps you out of the story into wondering why the first take wasn't good enough.

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Brilliant

I absolutely love the series. Great characters and wonderfully read. Easy listening and keeps me coming back for more.

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Good, but could be better!

There are some recording issues, repeated sentences, a couple of repeated words (where the audio artist has tried different ways of saying a line for example).
The first half of the book is not as gripping as Syd Moore’s books usually are, I drifted off in my own thought several times and had to rewind! but second half was much better and was as enjoyable as the last ones.

Still good, but not up to the standard of the last books; both in audio (due to editing mistakes and slips) and in first bit of story (for me at least!)

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Magical!

I took a punt on the first book in this series and I have had to buy them all. The characters are fabulous, the narrator is perfect, I am just about to get the next one as I have to find out the next chapter in Rosie and Sam's lives. Please keep writing them, they bring joy to the world

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Strange tombs

I enjoyed this book as much as.did the others. I like the feeling of familiarity and continuity. Also love unspoken romance.

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Sound and editing

I was starting to hear a high pitch whine and Julia Barrie’s corrections haven’t been edited out. Interesting to hear from the perspective of hearing how it’s done, repeat of sentence with different emphasis, but means sentences are repeated. I love her delivery though so this is minor. Enjoyed the story xx

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Repetition in the editing

I feel like the quality control missed far too many things, while sentences were repeated and there was a really jarring exit in one particular chapter.
It pulled me out of the story and I won't listen to this again, I would rather read it because this felt rushed to be released.

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Full of twists and turns

Another great instalment from Syd. Have loved these books, please don't keep us waiting too long for the next one.