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The Gentleman Vanishes

Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series: Mystery Shorts 30
Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Bernard Mandeville loves trains. Every Sunday, the elderly and frail Bernard, in perfect attire, purchases a ticket on the Great Cotswold's Steam Railway, takes a seat in First-Class and revels in a journey from the past. But on one particular Sunday, in the midst of that short trip, the impossible happens. Bernard vanishes without a trace... The family reaches out to Sarah and Jack who must make their own remarkable journey on the rails...to track down the vanished gentleman!

Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick listen for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa. For fans of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series, Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who series, Caroline Graham's Midsomer Murders, and the American TV series Murder She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury. Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90's, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few.

Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and - most recently - the successful crime fiction series Cherringham. The narrator of the audiobook, Neil Dudgeon, has been in many British television programmes including the roles of DCI John Barnaby in "Midsomer Murders" and Jim Riley in "The Life of Riley". He is also known for his film roles in "The Nativity", "Sorted" and "Son of Rambow". In 2012 Dudgeon starred as Norman Birkett on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play series written by Caroline and David Stafford.

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easy listening

easy listening as always. enjoy the narration, great voice to do this. story lines, always know the outcome but great meander until you get there.

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love this series

every story is engaging and the plots are entertaining. highly recommended with a brilliant narrator

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The train ride

Enjoyed the book rwists and turns through out. Great work by Neil Dudgeon as usual. PLEASE NOTE CHAPTER NUMBERS INCORRECT OR MISSING AT TIMES

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Brilliant!

Wonderful story to add to the Cherringham file. Gentle, predictable, comfortable and totally absorbing. As we are at Book 30 now, please can the relationship between Jack and Sarah move along a little -I'm not asking for Church bells and hats, just a little hint of something more to come?
Wonderfully narrated, as always, by the masterley Neil Dudgeon.

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Loved it!

A great listen, would highly recommend it, as well as every single one of them in the series, as usual can't wait for the next one! C'mon guys get your skates on :-)

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the gentleman vanishes

love it love all the series get crime series very good got silly of the series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-19

A Fun Addition to a Great Series

I don't remember when or how I first encountered this series, but I'm so glad I did. The stories are well written and I love the shorter length of them and the inexpensive price tag. This latest one met my very high expectations.

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  • Janie
  • 27-06-19

MAY BE THE BEST ONE YET!!!!!

Story 30 ... by now the stories should be getting at least a little “dull”... but not so!! This story is probably my favorite. So many twists and turns and although figured out the basic concept early on, how it was solved was spot on. And the scene in the tunnel with the train passing... well, just marvelous .. both in content and in execution by Neil Dudgeon! Keep them coming!!

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  • WiseGalNY
  • 25-06-19

Perfect cozy mystery

Great narrator, good puzzle to unravel, characters to enjoy spending time with, and all in a setting that feels like a vacation. Loved this fun easy read - thank you!

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  • Tamara Parr - Equine at Parr Performance Body and Energy Work for Horses & other animals
  • 23-06-19

Light and friendly mystery

I really enjoy the Cheringham stories, the characters, and the setting are charming. Good lusten.

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  • Thea Schoettgen
  • 12-03-20

Skimpy

This series has been a lot of fun but recently the stories have become skimpy and quite short. I feel they are overpriced.

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  • Anonymous
  • 28-10-19

Interesting, witty, charming!

And the narrator is superb!! Absolutely one of the best! I have enjoyed every one of the chapters in this series, and am eagerly awaiting more!

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  • PTHB
  • 16-08-19

Cherringham is wonderfully addictive!

Episode 30, The Gentleman Vanishes was a thorough & satisfying listen! It started slow & the very few clues available to Jack & Sarah made it a bit dull early on.

But like then locomotive train featured in the story it built momentum & finished in style. This episode didn’t include many of the usual characters from the village of familiar characters we’ve met along the previous 29 episodes.

This audio series is extremely addictive in a good way. I’ve fallen in love with the reassuring lilt of Neil Dudgeon’s voice so much so that I’ve started watching Midsomer Murders (beginning Season 14 onwards when he replaces John Nettles) on Netflix. And that binge has further turned me on to Netflix’s Father Brown 50’s era mysteries also set in the Cotswolds.

I truly hope Audible’s Cherringham series will continue past Episode 30. Or, if not, maybe the talented transatlantic writing duo could replace it with an equally intriguing cozy Anglophilic mystery series. The formula works! More please!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-06-19

Love a good mystery

I’ve read some of the last few Cherringham stories but nothing beats listening to Neil tell the stories. I love that they are short and I can hear the whole story in an afternoon. And that new stories come out every few months. But I hear Neil even when I’m doing the reading.

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  • Catherine
  • 11-06-19

I love these.

I’ve read a lot of cosies and these are really well done. The shorter format is perfect for this genre. Not drawn out or overblown. And this series does not suffer from “tmi”, meaning “too much investigator”. Neil Dudgeon is perfect.

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  • Bill Norfleet
  • 11-06-19

Intriguing stor

Delightful mystery with a pleasing conclusion. Love this series. Can’t get enough. Neil Dodgen is an awesome narrator. Looking forward to another captivating adventure with Sara and Jack.