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"English Village Mysteries"
Great light listening for fans of BBC/PBS style cozies. Dudgeon is a good reader/performer. You may recognize his voice from "Midsommer Murders" on tv. No gore or perversion so far.
"Mysteries of quality"
Neil Dudgeon narrates the cosy into the mysteries. A plump Chair,fireplace and glass of wine and each story would be an evening with good friends.
The Cherringham Mysteries was surprisingly good. I enjoyed all three episodes and bought the next 3 in the series.
Story and storytelling is excellent. Three short mysteries with highly likable characters. Well worth my time and money.
"He irons his faded jeans? Really"
I was trying to stick with it until the stereotypical American -gruff, ill-mannered, lives on a boat with his dog, neglects personal hygiene- ironed his faded jeans. That was too much. Who irons faded jeans? The story was very self- consciously stringing together stereotype after stereotype. "Let's make sure we work in 'marmalade,' old school mates returning home,' 'master/mistress and dog relationships,' 'widow talks to herself,' single mom with nasty divorce,' ill-mannered American.....' and as many other cliches as can possibly fit!"
Charming stories about the length of novellas, rather than full length novels. Very likable characters. Neil Dudgeon is the perfect reader and it is in great part why I've purchased the remaining stories.
Enjoyed this series of three short mysteries. I especially liked the second in the series. Jack, a retired NYPD detective from New York, teams with Sarah, a young woman recently returned to Cherringham, to solve questionable deaths. Jack and Sarah are likable characters without any romantic tension, at least in these stories. Sarah's young children and her parents are featured characters. I will definitely continue with the series, even though short stories are not necessarily my favorites.
Neil Dundgeon is an excellent reader, though I found Jack's American accent a bit flat.
To me these aren't "cozy crime" books, more like just detective stories. I thought I'd found some new cozy crime stories so am disappointed. If you like the detective stories then you'll like these.
"Looking forward to the next installments"
This is actually three stories introducing the pairing of Sara and Jack. She is the single mum recently returned from London to the village where she had lived as a girl and he a widowed New York City homicide detective retired with his faithful dog to a houseboat on the Thames. They become united in solving village deaths which seem to be as plentiful as in St Mary Mead. Light delightful reading. Nothing bloody. Good English mysteries with a charming thrown in. I'm off to purchase the next two volumes
"Good stories, music very annoying and not needed"
Very classic British cozy. Three stories. Fun listens.
Sort of like an Agatha Christie. Nothing very upsetting or terrifying here.
"Light and easy"
I listen to lots of crime thrillers...sometimes I need to have a break from the serious stuff and this was just the ticket as they say 😀 light and refreshing, not demanding or heart stopping. I shall download the next 3 episodes.
"Delightfully cosy Cotswolds mysteries"
I thought this would not be a great choice but these three stories were a delight after so many modern murder stories with their blood and gore.
Although this may not be picture post card England there was a reassuring cosiness to these tales and an important very English humour that is often not found in other modern English detective stories. It makes a pleasant change.
Neil Dudgeon tells a good tale that does not grate in any way. I look forward to other tales
Crime is the genre I enjoy the most from Agatha Christie and PD James to Damian Boyd and Val McDermott, but I normally dislike short stories or novellas even if written by the great and the good however I genuinely loved these.. Very light well written and well rounded stories and characters, perfect for when your gardening or walking the dogs. Will be purchasing the rest.
Miss Marple meets Agatha Raisin/Midsomer Murders. I loved the first instalments of this series and will definitely download the others.
If you are looking for a gritty crime thriller this is not for you but it is the listening equivalent of Sunday evening TV. Perfect holiday reading.
I really enjoyed these stories. They are very well written with twists and turns so you don't know the the guilty party until the very end. I had not come across Mr Richards and Mr Costellos writing before, but I have to say I was very impressed and have since downloaded two other collections from the Cherringham series. And have been equally impressed by them all. Mr Dudgeons narration is really enjoyable. It is very easy to listen to and all the voices are done very well.
very enjoyable read,the stories were interesting enough to keep you wanting to carry on.
"Enjoyable, light "who dunnits!"
Yes, in that I could listen to the stories whilst doing housework, walking, etc.
Both Sarah and Jack - their characters blend so well together and both come across as people you would like to have as actual friends. Down to earth, caring, inquisitive and interesting people.
Brilliant timber to his voice!!!! Good differentiation between the characters. His American accent (for Jack's character) did not grate on my nerves as many other narrators do.
Yes (and did!!!)
I am looking forward to the remainder of the series and hope there will be many more to come.
"Really enjoyable easy listening"
This is my first foray into British cozy mysteries. This series isn't Margery Allingham or Ngaio Marsh, but it is well written, it is not too implausible, and there are no howling errors of British life or language use which can be so annoying. It is a pleasant listen, enough story to be gripping but not requiring too much emotional commitment. You do actually feel engaged in the story. The performance is excellent.
"Perfect crimes to solve on the commute"
Clever short tales around an idealic village. Well written and has simple clever plots, ideal for commuters :-)
enjoyed this book so much. stories are just long enough to Potter around the house doing a clean whilst listening and not get bored or lost in the story lines. never a dull moment. Neil dudgeon is fab as well. just got the whole series so looking forward to listening to the rest. anyone who likes a good old fashion who's done it will love these.
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