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The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin.

The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness. And at a gathering that included English aristocracy, foreign agents in disguise, a ravishing baroness, a daring jewel thief, a Texas millionaire and, of course, the imperturbable butler, it was going to take some intricate sleuthing to uncover who killed whom and why.

©1975 James Anderson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Enjoyable murder mystery

A brilliantly read murder mystery. Lots of humor, many twists in the story and Cornelius Garret who is one of my all time favorite narrators - with his brilliant characterization. A very enjoyable listen.

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What a treat!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. A murder-mystery set in a stately home, laugh-out-loud humour, a police man who claims not to be 'sanguine' but who solves the mystery anyway - it's wonderful

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy?

Finding out who did the darstardly deed!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't know, the whole thing was a joy.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, titter, giggle, you name it, I did it.

Any additional comments?

I tend to be a bit conservative about what I read - I don't like 'dark', 'edgy', 'gory', swearing, etc, but this was fantastic.

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Brilliant

Foreign dignitaries , American billionaires, Spies, a jewel thief and a baroness among others all converge at a house party where a murder is committed enter Inspector Wilkins and Sergeant Leather. A most enjoyable whodunnit. Cornelius Garrett, as always, brilliant!

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A deceptive dunce of a detective delivers

Really enjoyable, misleadingly easy reading. For anyone who loves period fiction with flamboyant characters and a country bumpkin police officer!

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Perfect Cosy Detective Story

Would you listen to The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to it again because it's a whodunit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was probably Jane. She was very human and believable, and it was nice to have a strong resourceful female character.

What does Cornelius Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His handling of the voices was very good and I think added to the characterization. He has a very pleasant voice which suits the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, although I did listen to it over only a few days.

Any additional comments?

The plot was satisfyingly twisty.

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wonderful

Fabulous. Great narrator. Will be buying more James Anderson. Stumbled across this author by mistake, and so glad I did.

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old fashoned murder mystery

Would you consider the audio edition of The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy to be better than the print version?

yes a great listern

What other book might you compare The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy to, and why?

Agather christie

What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

very clear voice

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

classic whodunnit

Any additional comments?

easy going,fun in places old fashioned murder mystery

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  • 01-11-17

Good traditional country.house murder

Excellent narration of a story with lots happening. Plenty to keep interested. Looking forward to another.

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Very very good.

My first audio book. I really enjoyed it can't wait for my next audio book.

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Entertaining but predictable

This story has two main issues:
1) the solution relies on a lot of information that the reader doesn’t get, so there’s no way for the reader to work out who did it, why or how. I think this is unfair. We’re meant to be given the clues and have the detective put them together for us.
2) despite that, I guessed who dunnit practically before the murder was committed, just because I’ve read a lot of detective novels and this one was very cliche.

Even so, the story had a good pace and likeable characters and I’ll listen to the next in the series. It’s light hearted entertainment, but not up there with the greats of detective fiction.

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  • connie
  • 03-05-13

the title says it all

The novel follows through on its title -- a very funny, campy "manor house" murder mystery set on eve of WWII. The crazy-quilt denouement was, however, too long for my tastes although lovers of convoluted Golden Age homages may like the multiple twists. Cornelius Garret displays virtuosity, but I would have preferred more restrained voices for some of the international accents. I look forward to the subsequent "mangled mink" affair and hope that Audible unearths more from Anderson.

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  • Marie
  • 11-10-13

It had me right up to the end

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I was thoroughly enjoying this story until the final wrap up, and then things got so unnecessarily convoluted that I needed a cheat sheet showing where each character was at every moment in connection with every other character. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters and the fact that there was no unnecessary violence. He came so close, I will probably give the author another try. The narrator was good, except that the female voices were a little funky.

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  • KAS
  • 13-02-15

Cornelius Garret!!!

Cornelius Garret could read the phone book and I would pay to listen. He is the reason I discovered James Anderson. I highly recommend this book. It is a mystery that you could solve IF you pay attention to the details. Really close attention. Really. Close. Attention. If you enjoy Agatha Christy type mysteries please read The Affair of the blood stained Egg Cosy. Garret brigs a myriad of quirky characters together that are so distinct it is impossible to remember that only one person is reading.

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  • Jennifer
  • 31-08-13

Dull after a good start.

I was expecting a comfortable cosy murder mystery, per other people's reviews. This story starts off alright, but rapidly degenerates into complete implausibility combined with too many characters and not much character development. Maybe it is better in the print version - perhaps there are maps of the murder scene or other visual aids to help the reader enjoy the story.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 13-04-20

Ingenious and delightful

It’s one of those mysteries where, if you really want to track the solution, you’ll need a spreadsheet. Pretty much everything that matters happens between 2:20 and 2:30am. Or you can just let it wash over you and revel in the delightful characters, the excellent narration, and the sparkling humor. It appears there are two other mysteries in the series, both taking place at the same country estate, and I’m looking forward to curling up with them.

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  • Sharon
  • 24-04-19

He had fun writing this one!

This is a cozy with all the bells and whistles, a complete romp in a Stately Home … I really enjoyed his Thirty-Nine Cufflinks also, but this one he just cut loose and wrote up a real circus of a murder mystery done British style. This one had me smiling and shaking my head in bemused wonder as it just kept unfolding and unfolding … I love his restrained style, he doesn't need to throw in sexual encounters or gritty violence, he's way too experienced and clever an author to need such poor tools to keep our interest. His plots are so rich, and his characters so well fleshed and believable, it's such a pleasure to just listen and be swept along wondering how he'll untangle it all. If you like British mysteries cozy-style, you'll like this one.

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  • Mike Porter
  • 27-11-17

Great mystery, great reader

Wonder period mystery. Loved every second of it. the reader is AMAZING. Not just a reader, but an actor who nailed every character.

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  • J. M. Prentice
  • 10-08-17

One of my favorites

I love Cornelius Garrett's narrations. The storyline is convoluted and fun. I haver listened over and over. Now on to the next, I love the whole series. Too bad there are only three.

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  • MLeath
  • 20-06-17

Great rated G mystery!

Clean, interesting, entertaining. I love the narrator. He also narrated "The Reluctant Widow" one of my favorite books!

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  • Mariana
  • 13-11-16

Great twists and turns

Exceptional mystery that kept me listening till the end. The characters are likeable and the story is complex and interesting.