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Summary

Brimley Manor, home to an eccentric museum of oddities from its owner's lifetime of exotic travels also holds dark secrets. When a suspicious fire breaks out, the biggest question must be... was it just an accident? Sarah and Jack think not. As they begin to explore the history and people of Brimley Manor, they soon learn that this very curious place might also be quite deadly...

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 read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

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 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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always good

always good, easy listening, it's a good series, doesn't tax the brain..... enjoy the narration, good variety of voices

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Easy listening, very enjoyable

I love this series. It’s not going to tax your brain cells in any way but it’s exactly as cosy crime should be. It’s warm and comforting and full of recurring characters that make the village feel solid.
It’s perfect for ‘cooking with wine’!

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As always, brilliant!

Love Cherringham, love Jack, love Sarah! This was perhaps not my most favourite of the stories as it was possible to confuse stories set in other manor Houses in the Cherringham area but still a great listen. Loving the gentle hints of feelings between Jack and Sarah (well Sarah anyway) - will watch this space!
As always Neil Dudgeons narration was fab, don't ever change him! Looking forward to the next one.........

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Great classic whodunit

I really enjoyed the plot and the great characters. Please please could we have more brilliant stories from Cherringham.

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Great listen

Love the character of Peregrine Brimley.
Eccentric old coot with a voice to match.
Not very complicated to figure out what's going on in the plot. But I still enjoyed it.

I really hope a tv network picks this series up. It would be a great episode to watch especially with all the different rooms.

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  • 06-02-20

Always a treat.

Have heard all of the now 33 (that have audio versions so far) stand-alone shorts as well as the longer books. A step above most cozy mysteries and delightful characters in an absolutely charming environment. If you haven’t tried any of this series, you really could start anywhere and enjoy the story without knowing all the background. But if you do that and you enjoy whichever one you started with, you really should go back to the first. You’ll enjoy it as well and have the pleasure of another 30 plus adventures awaiting you.

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  • barbara
  • 04-05-20

The Secret of Brimley Manor

I really enjoy these cosy mystery murders, love the way Jack and Sarah solve them and each one just gets better. Love Cherringham and the country life. Will keep on reading / listening to them. The narration is very good.

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  • Linda Zavodny
  • 01-02-20

Neil Dudgeon is the perfect narrator

I enjoy the stories so very much and having Neil as the narrator makes them dessert for my mind

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  • Lindsay
  • 21-06-21

Another great one!!!

I know that I am getting closer to the end of this series and it makes me sad. I love it so very much. Every story is so wonderful. Mr. Costello and Mr. Richards are a great duo. And Mr. Dudgeon, well what can I say? He is awesome!!!

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  • SAF48
  • 21-11-20

Excellent Cherringham mystery

Great story complete with old manor house and secret rooms. Jack and Sarah are asked by the manor’s trust to investigate a fire that destroyed musical instruments and part of the house. Suspects are plentiful including the heir, the gardener, the security guards, and the student interns. Great narration by Neil Dudgeon.

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  • ZL
  • 30-09-20

Stupendous!

I hope that Matthew Costello and Neil Richards keep writing! I love these stories and have listen to all of them so far. Best narrator ever is Neil Dudgeon!
Can’t wait to start the next story!!

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  • Laurel
  • 28-03-20

My favorite!

Best of the series; all a fun read. Why fifteen words? Brevity is an attribute after all.

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  • Berryjazzy
  • 25-02-20

Cherringham Brimley Manor

Love Jack and Sarah! Their interaction never seems contrived. This was a particular favorite! MORE Please!!

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  • brenda p dixon
  • 15-02-20

now that's a book

I absolutely loved this book. it's a must read. and the Narrator was perfect. loved it

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  • Tstan
  • 20-08-20

Waste of time

I understand this is a light, cozy mystery so did not have any expectations it would be a roller coaster ride of excitement. But this was worse than boring. The premise for the story was dull. Character development was terrible. The setting was uninspired. The dialog was boring. The American accent used by the narrator was bad. I honestly I don’t know if there was ever a crime/mystery because we couldn’t finish listening to it in spite of listening to over half of it. The book begins with a fire that damages one room in an old manor with admittedly faulty wiring. Somehow two detectives are convinced to look into it, although there’s absolutely no hint of a crime. In spite of this, the handful of people who worked there are suspiciously questioned. And even this didn’t start until we had listened to at least half of the book. This was a waste of time and we chose to finish the drive in silence rather than listen to it.