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Dead in the Water

A Cherringham Mystery 1
Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
Series: The Cherringham Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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On the night of the school prom, a young teacher is found dead in the Thames in a drug-related accident. It seems - at first - to be another sign that Cherringham High is spiralling out of control. The new head however is convinced that the teacher's death is suspicious and quietly calls in Sarah Edwards. With her one-time detective partner, Jack Brennan, back in America, Sarah is at first reluctant to take on the case. But when she does get involved, it soon becomes clear that the tragic accident might really be a case of murder - and even Sarah herself could be in danger ...

"Dead in the Water" is the first full-length novel set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, featuring the unlikely sleuthing duo Sarah, an English web designer, and Jack, American ex-cop. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. 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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Good to have a full book

Love the series with a full novel - such a good listen with a longer plot. More time to get into the characters. Looking forwards to more from the authors.

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  • Karly
  • 21-04-2019

Another great Cherringham story

This was essentially an extended episode, with s bit more background about the main characters. If you like the Cherringham mysteries, you'll enjoy this as well. Listen to it following Episode episode 24 (A Death in the Family). This book explains what happens after the cliffhanger from episode 24.

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  • Kathleen Freeland
  • 04-04-2019

Cannot wait for the next book

Everything is wonderful in this book, a new puppy included.
A series that is always interesting and delightful to listen to many times.

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  • Renee
  • 12-04-2019

Keep them coming!

Wish this to become a television series, one shown in the States. Love, love, love these books.

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  • Cookiegrandma
  • 06-04-2019

Superb!

Costello and Richards are master storytellers. Dudgeon is perfect for bringing characters to life. Masterpiece

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  • Sylvia
  • 10-04-2019

So nice to have a full-length Cherringham mystery!

As usual, this cozy mystery lives up to the high quality set by all the previous 27 short mysteries. Neil Dudgeon is a fantastic narrator, adding to the “coziness” of the story. And it’s a great story, with several mysteries solved by the end. Highly recommended!

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  • chris
  • 28-07-2019

Really good!

When I get a book I try to pace myself so as to make it last a couple weeks, listening around 45 minutes in the evening to get to sleep. Well, this I started and listened to five hours the first day!
Held my interest, great story.
I very much enjoy these books, love the characters, storyline and setting.
The narrator can make or break the success of an audio book and Neil Dudgeon has made these books successful! He can truly bring the characters to life.

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  • Shaneen
  • 28-06-2019

I enjoyed the book very much

loved it keep me guessing looking forward to the other books in this series. Can't wait

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  • Kelly J. Grace
  • 08-06-2019

Modern English Village Mystery

Totally enjoyed this cozy mystery. Lovable characters , quaint village setting with modern challenges for a fresh take on an old reliable genre.

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  • H. Roberson
  • 11-07-2019

A Welcome Addition to Cherringham

Good story; a bit predictable. But - and this is important - it's a novel length Cherringham mystery. The plot lines are good and intersect each other well. At least one semi loose end having to do with Sarah's assault and her safety even after the resolution of the story line. Even so, entertaining.

Dudgeon again does a marvelous job with the performance and makes the book a joy to listen to. Characters are consistent and the additions of minor characters is done well with sufficient distinctions between them.

Recommended

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  • SophiaMarie
  • 05-07-2019

Love this series!

Jack and Sarah make the perfect duo. Glad Jack is back in the Cotswolds. He's a credit to what an " average Joe" -type Yank is.

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  • Mrs Carol Hutchings
  • 23-05-2019

Beware!

If you have read number 24, where Jack goes back to the USA, then this is the story you need to read before you read Number 25, or else you will be very confused. It is a shame that Audible didn’t put this fact on their website.

The story as also well read and very enjoyable.

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  • Ann Parsons
  • 12-04-2019

An enjiyable listen

Excellent as usual. A good story and narration. A good light listen and very enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2019

Easy Listening with intrigue <br /><br />

really love the Cherringham books and it's great as always narrator brings you in .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2019

A Cherringham Mystery 1

Gripping and entertaining without being too obvious, like Miss Marple then try this gentle mystery.

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  • jules
  • 09-08-2019

Good as always

I enjoyed this story as much as the others. But I am annoyed that a big company like audible keep making mistakes with the order of things. I am still waiting to get series two in ladies of letters which in good faith bought the complete series so like other reviewers have said this will explain what happens when jack goes to America. Is still a good listen and a great series spoilt by theses silly mistakes.

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  • Cathy Swanson
  • 08-06-2019

A truly warming read

As with all of the previous Cherringham books a plot with twists and turns peppered with good old characters in a charming setting. What more can you ask for?

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  • Linda
  • 11-05-2019

Another fantastic story

Matthew and both Neil’s, keep em coming. Great plots, great back stories, great characters and really great narrative by the talented Neil Dudgeon. I even love the intro music - though not at the end because I am sad another tale has ended. Well done one and all. In jack’s voice ‘like I said, keep em coming’! 👍🏼

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  • mollyeyre
  • 09-05-2019

A little drawn out

I have been reading the shorter episodes featuring Jack and Sarah, and as they are quite gentle they bend well to the shorter tales. This one is good, but it tends to drag on a bit. I still enjoyed this story, but not so much as the shorter ones.

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  • Lynne
  • 09-05-2019

Cherringham

Absolutely love this series. So nice to have gentle crime without the shooting. Here’s to the next one.

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  • Victoria Clifford
  • 02-05-2019

Will he stay or will he go?

Delicious toying with the listener as to whether Jack will stay on the Grey Goose, and in Cherringham....or return to his daughter in the States....
Realistic evocation of English comprehensive school life and the mystery focuses around drugs in Chloe and Daniel’s school- could Chloe be involved, and will Sarah and Jack save the day before it is too late...? One of the best in the Cherringham cosy crime series.