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The Birthday Mystery

Jenny Starling, Book 1
Narrated by: Charlotte Worthing
Series: Jenny Starling, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. You'll be gripped from the first second to the last. These classic-style mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is, and look out for some real twists and turns. 

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. 

Jenny Starling is catering the 21st birthday party of upper-class twins Alicia and Justin. 

She arrives at their parents' country house and is immediately met by the police. A young man has drowned in the pond. Was it an accident or murder? 

But the birthday party goes ahead. Then, just after midnight, everyone gathers for a champagne toast...and one of the guests falls down dead. The police are baffled, and there is a whole party full of suspects. 

When it comes to someone adding the extra ingredient of poison to her own precious recipes, Jenny isn't going to take it lying down. She has a reputation to protect. 

Jenny Starling won't stop until the murderer is found. 

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey and J. R. Ellis.

Please note this book was first published as Birthdays Can Be Murder under Faith Martin’s pen name, Joyce Cato.

©2019 Faith Martin (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Hmmmmm

Disappointing....... the narrator did a good job but the story was weak with a silly motive and outcome I was expecting better

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a bit drawn out

good characters. story too drawn out with over use of description. not sure I will read any more in the series

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Brilliant!

Murder mystery Miss Marple style with a touch of Midsummer Murders.
Loved it
Must listen.

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Unlikable main character

The plot is o.k if rather unoriginal, but the characterisation is dire. The author seems to think that everyone is constantly lusting after everyone else from the moment they lay eyes on them and that being ‘fat’ is a personality trait. Miss Starling is sexy, wealthy, fat, a genius, a brilliant conversationalist, fat, patient, shrewd, a world class cook and oh did I mention that she’s fat? After half an hour I began to think that the author was working out a fetish.

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good book

a new series by Faith martin it is a good way forward for the next series

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  • barbara
  • 17-01-20

The Birthday Mystery

This is the first mystery book I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the cooking and the way the murder was solved, with lots of guessing as the story unfolded. The narration was very good.

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  • Fat Freak
  • 10-03-20

Easy

Classic English murder mystery. Lots of suspects, evidence and theories. Wasn't fooled, figured out the murderer from an old Perry Mason episode. Putting the pieces together from there figured out motive, a bit more tricky but obvious. Love Faith Martin books, well written and always a challenge.

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  • Nicole Gant
  • 24-02-20

VERY easy to guess the murderer and fat shaming

So this mess you could see a mile away. You know who it was 1/4 into it. Also, this author kept talking about how fat the main character was. I mean won’t shut up about it. Having to choice a steady chair for her size... and all of that. Really? According to the author she’s a size 18. I’m a size 16 and I don’t break any damn chairs. C’mon.
This author needs to about the sh*te of all plot not the size or the character.