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A Murder of Quality

Narrated by: Michael Jayston
Series: Smiley, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'.

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband – an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realises that in life - as in espionage - nothing is quite what it appears. His investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night? To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds.

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Smilie yay

I’ve not read any Le Carré stories before I’ve seen the famous movies but not read. And what a joy they are. Beautifully written rounded characters and cliff hangers I’m going to read more.

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Where does A Murder of Quality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I very much enjoyed this thriller but it is not my favourite Le Carre. It maybe that the genre, its different, moves away from the cold war, and revolves around a private school for which I personally hold very negative memories. But I have to say that the writing is quite brilliant as per usual.I must also also mention Michael Jayston who adds another dimension to the written word (that I have read previously with admiration). He is clear and concise and the change to tone of voice when characterising females in the narrative is brilliant.I have given this an overall 4 star rating (rather than my usual almost automatic 5 for Le Carre) but please don't let that discourage. Its a fine story with fine characterisation and a beautiful example of how to use the English language to its best. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-2019

Standard John Le Carre

Good narration of an adequate story. Le Carre always writes well, and it is always a pleasure to see Smiley's world and through Smiley's eyes, but as murder mysteries go this is not a good one by Le Carre or in general.

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  • H Watson
  • 15-08-2016

A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre

The narration beautifully added perfection to an already stunning work. Well done Michael Jayson.

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  • Michelle
  • 24-05-2016

Smiley as crime sleuth is excellent

It's amazing how vividly Le Carré makes the characters & setting with such pared back description. The setting of an outdated boarding school is interesting & the plot mostly keeps you guessing. As much a whydunnit as a whodunnit. This was the last of the major Smiley books I have read. It's also interesting to note the social changes of the past 56 years.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 01-05-2017

Very enjoyable

As usual Mr le Carre weaves a tale that keeps one guessing all the way through, a very interesting story with well described characters. Shorter than some of his novels, but good just the same.

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  • H. Fosdike
  • 03-05-2018

An Enjoyable Murder Mystery

Another short book from Le Carré’s early days, this one follows George Smiley as he ventures to Dorset to investigate the murder of a private school master’s wife. Le Carré writes in a way that I really enjoy and although it’s a somewhat different style to most murder mysteries, it works well and keeps you interested throughout. Whodunnit?

That’s something you’ll just have to find out for yourself! This one didn’t grab me quite as much as the first Smiley book but it was still good. Less about espionage and more about solving a case, perhaps the third (and arguably most celebrated) pushes us more on to a spy footing? As it is though, a very enjoyable listen and excellently read by Michael Jayston! I'm certainly looking forward to the next one.

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  • Mark R.
  • 18-04-2018

A good short involved story.

Loved the story... Good to hear about George outside of the circus. would recommend completly.

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  • Sue
  • 03-01-2018

Marvellous.

A whodunit with George Smiley, not the usual spy tale with our gentle hero.
Absolutely marvellous!
Michael Jayston is the perfect narrator.

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  • FD
  • 15-04-2017

A conventional murder mystery beautifully written

This is the second novel featuring George Smiley. Unlike the others this book is not set in the world of the Secret Service. It's actually a conventional murder mystery, quite true to the genre. Yet with Le Carré's terrifically descriptive writing. Michael Jayston is an outstanding narrator.

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  • Simon Zohhadi
  • 30-03-2017

Entertaining Whodunnit

John Le Carre's second novel, A Murder of Quality, is an entertaining whodunnit. Not as good as his first nor does it have the complexity of his later books. Nevertheless, it features the brilliant George Smiley. I enjoyed it.

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  • Pamela
  • 19-06-2016

A good old who dunnit

I really enjoy the first two le Carre books in this one, George Smiley is contacted by a wartime co-worker, Miss Brimley, who runs a Christian magazine and receives a letter sent by Stella Rode,claiming her husband is going to murder her.Then Smiley finds out that the woman has already been murdered and decides to go investigate. Now read on... Excelently read as wel

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  • Sam
  • 14-05-2020

John le Carré at his best

A short but suspenseful story by JLC, wonderfully narrated as usual by Michael Jayston. A good introduction to Smiley for those new to him, I always recommend this book and A Call for the Dead as a place to start if the knot of Tinker, Tailor seems overwhelming. Great characterisation, subtle and and careful, never an unnecessary word used. Unusually for JLC, the murdered woman is well characterised when a lot of his female characters are quite two dimensional.