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The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck. Rex Ransom, his favourite star from the 'talkies', and his hot-shot producer, Haggermeir, want to film their next feature at Alderley, the family's seventeenth-century country estate.

Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd. And before long the guest list grows to include two of their wilful daughter Lady Geraldine's dubious suitors, a long-lost cousin, a sultry femme fatale, a bespectacled librarian, an eccentric screenwriter, and a professional blackmailer.

It's almost too much for Merryweather, the family's imperturbable butler, to cope with. And that's before there's a murder in the dead of night. Inspector Wilkins must unravel the baffling mystery - and work out just what a mutilated mink coat has to do with anything.

©1981 Estate of James Anderson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A fun romp

What a fun romp. This is an English cosy at it's most entertaining. The setting - an English manor; the characters - stereotypes of every English class and profession you could imagine; and the situations - over the top perplexing with heaps of red herrings; are hugely entertaining. If you want unchallenging, pure entertainment, this is a cracker. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Funny, cleverly plotted and beautifully narrated.

This book is not quite as intricate in its plot as the first book in the series; I did suspect the villain relatively early, whereas in the first book the author's sleight of hand took me completely by surprise. However it is just as full of improbable events piled on top of each other, with seemingly every guest at Alderley having some kind of secret to muddy the waters.

The greatest joy of this book for me was the amusing homage to Ngaio Marsh in particular, as the famous Scotland Yard detective sweeps in and employs the exact methods of Marsh's hero Roderick Alleyn. Local plod Inspector Wilkins steals the show again in hilarious fashion.

Cornelius Garrett's narration is expressive and well paced, adding to the entertainment level of the story. The Affair of the Mutilated Mink is perfect fare for the audio format.

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An amusingly improbable yarn

If you are looking for an entertaining story, unusual characters, and a neat resolution, this is the book for you.

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  • paula
  • 03-04-2013

More James Anderson please!

If you could sum up The Affair of the Mutilated Mink in three words, what would they be?

Classic British mystery, the manor house, country setting, the complete package.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Geraldine, although a period character she still felt fresh, plausible as a person.

What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

Smooth delivery

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Its just enjoyable - an easy listen.

Any additional comments?

Pleast get more from this authers or similiar authors.

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  • Kelli
  • 07-05-2015

Author hit his satirical stride

I love all the references to other detectives in this book. I enjoyed the first book but this one was even more tongue in cheek and was funny while maintaining the mystery plot line,

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  • MLeath
  • 19-06-2017

I love this book!

Great pacing, fabulous narrator, so many twists and turns. Plus it is VERY rated G! Super clean. Why can't all books be like this?

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  • Blithe Alden
  • 06-02-2020

Screwball mystery

A funny take on a classic house party detective story, complete with poking fun at famous fictional detectives. The plot is elaborate and silly, but that’s just part of the entertainment. Cornelius Garrett reads it excellently. Light fun.

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  • Sandra G
  • 14-04-2021

Gets boring too many explanations instead of action

Inspector Wilson goes on and on how he found out about the murder, not funny.
The other two books are much funnier

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  • CassyLynn
  • 17-12-2020

Plot took too long to develop

The book started out ok with a few humorous sections sprinkled throughout. But I soon lost interest because the plot took too long to develop especially when I could guess where it was heading. Therefore, I ended up skipping to the end which always spoils a book for me. I did like the narrator though and thought he did a good job with the multiple characters. I really wanted to like this second installment in the series of 3 and probably will not purchase the third because I fear it will be the same.

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  • R. Thyme
  • 16-10-2019

Can't Be the Same Author Named James Anderson

James Anderson's "The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy" (correct spelling) is a pleasant English cozy mystery with a few laughs and an entertaining cast. The novel drags from time to time with too much yakkity-yak and way too much description of inessentials, but Cornelius Garrett's unfailingly brilliant narration wins through, though thoughts do tend to drift off during the tedious passages.

"The Affair of the Mutilated Mink" can't possibly have been written by the same author. It is tedium from the first paragraph. But much, much worse, it is populated with an array of the most unpleasant characters you would ever want to avoid meeting. Even the innocuous characters from "Egg Cosy" have been rewritten as thoroughly disagreeable nags. Every character (even the butler) whines and cavils and argues and childishly blusters and shouts insults and irritates and irritates and irritates and irritates and irritates and irritates. See what I mean? Cornelius Garrett's narration is still unfailingly brilliant, but even his narration cannot make tolerable the affront of this crushingly tiresome assault on the English cozy mystery tradition.

The boring, boring yakkity-yak and interminable descriptions of utterly uninteresting places and actions never stop. Everyone argues and complains non-stop. Every so often, another unpleasant character appears. There is no humor, no grace, no plot, nothing worth your time or dollars.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 07-08-2018

This is one of my favorite British Mysteries

It is a very amusing cozy mystery and has more twists and turns of any book I have read. I wish James Anderson had written more.

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  • S. J. MacDonald
  • 02-12-2015

Thoroughly enjoyable

What did you like most about The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot but most of all the humour, with Chief Detective Inspector Wilkins a very engaging character.

What other book might you compare The Affair of the Mutilated Mink to, and why?

This is firmly rooted in the golden age and even refers to other fictional detectives as if they were real.

Have you listened to any of Cornelius Garrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've enjoyed his reading of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy and the Thirty Nine Cufflinks too. Cornelius Garrett has a very warm voice and it does feel as if he's telling you the story rather than reading it at a microphone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I listened to it while doing a mammoth baking session and stuck the headphones on to continue listening while walking the dog.

Any additional comments?

If you like Agatha Christie you'll probably enjoy this.

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  • soosiewoosie
  • 23-02-2016

A good old fashioned murder mystery

What made the experience of listening to The Affair of the Mutilated Mink the most enjoyable?

The characters, the setting, the story and a great narrator. Also there's a lot of humour in this story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

Finding what the actor's secret was. It couldn't think what it might be.

What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

He has a very pleasant, expressive voice, reads at a good pace, and you always know which character is speaking. An excellent narrator.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times, some of it was very funny.

Any additional comments?

I shall certainly listen to this one over again.

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  • Janet
  • 06-04-2016

Good twist.

Loved it. The narrator was brilliant and expressive. Shame it had to end. Great story.

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  • Hepwood Flutey
  • 13-02-2016

Wonderful!

What did you like most about The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

Everything. The characters, the stately home, the intrigue, the humour, the brilliant reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

There were several 'psychological' moments, can't say more or might give the plot away!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole thing was a pleasure, from start to finish.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh a lot, then a bit more. Realising there is only one more available is likely to make me cry though!

Any additional comments?

Make sure you read/hear the first in the series before getting this! Then go and get the third!

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  • Seafr
  • 28-03-2016

enjoyable

I enjoyed this even though I sussed out the villain straight away but not the motive.

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  • Ms GM
  • 07-03-2016

light hearted crime

Where does The Affair of the Mutilated Mink rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very high

What did you like best about this story?

scene setting, scenario, light hearted mystery. 1930's uppercrust caracatures but likeable

What does Cornelius Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

the essence of the period but his voicing of characters is beautiful

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This 1930's mystery is no boiled egg!

Any additional comments?

8+ hours of sheer lighthearted pleasure. I have all three James Anderson in the Alderley audio books which I will listen to again but I hope there will be another one soon as I cannot find any more online.

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  • My Idoru
  • 31-12-2015

Unadulterated wonderful balderdash and piffle

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes the light crime genre or Wodehouse-ish stuff

What did you like best about this story?

This is a wonderful mickey take of the Sayer/Christie/Allingham/Marsh style of crime. It's contorted and improbable.

What does Cornelius Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Garrett is a good, intelligent narrator - he brings the story and characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened over three or four days, and looked forward to the next session!

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  • Libby Hall
  • 06-12-2019

Some characters too badly narrated

A fun easy cosy 'Golden Age' mystery that is for me not possible to listen to because the narrator so overdoes some of the characters' voices. He has narrated two other mysteries by Anderson and he gets some of the characters spot on, including the lovely detective. But his American accents are always so bad - and some are so loud, that it completely spoiled this one for me.

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  • Mrs W.
  • 02-10-2016

Superb story telling

Lovely, lighthearted whodunnit, brilliantly read/ acted...a bit long in the tooth, still a great escape from reality!

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  • AMG, London
  • 04-04-2021

Entertaining whodunit elevated by superb narration

I'm thinking of forming a Cornelius Garrett fanclub. His narrations of various Georgette Heyer stories are hilarious and masterly, and I think he may actually be even better with the works of James Anderson.

The books are well-written, entertaining whodunnits, with an engagingly humble detective, Inspector (now Chief Inspector) Wilkins.

Cornelius Garrett's narration is what elevates them to greatness. Brilliant characterisation, often laugh out loud funny.

I do wish there were more of these!

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