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White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee

The Belchester Chronicles, Book 2
Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
Series: Belchester Chronicles, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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The second in the series featuring a madcap pair of amateur sleuths and a delightful outpouring of upper-class English eccentricities - with the odd murder thrown in.

Lady Amanda Golightly, eccentric resident of the sprawling Belchester Towers, has a new venture: guided tours. To celebrate she invites a horde of old chums to a trial run at Christmas, complete with tasty nibbles. However, things don't go to plan - a dead guest is discovered slumped on the library table.

Lady Amanda and her friend Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton Crump are off again, but can they beat the morose Inspector Moody to the unmasking of the culprit?

©2014 Andrea Frazer (P)2016 Story Sound

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  • chuknzig
  • 19-01-2017

I want a Beecham in my employ!

Great characters. Good progression of character development. I love Beecham and want a loyal household engineer just like him in my employ. Dear Audible, please include the remainder of the series in your library so I can listen to them all. It must be Patricia Gallimore to narrate - she is fabulous!

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  • Marie
  • 25-01-2018

Still Fun, Still Flawed

Like the first book in the series, this volume is full of eccentric and a bit over-the-top characters. The dialogue is witty and the situations are humorous. I found myself laughing out loud at times. I enjoyed most of it and will probably listen to more. But it is not without a couple of major flaws.

As with the first book, if you don't listen closely for the very few clues about when the story takes place, you would think it was set in the first half of the 20th century. Based on the few details our heroine, Amanda Golightly, drops about when she was born (after WWII) and the fact she is now taking a government pension, however, it must be at least 2005. Some of the actions and attitudes of the main characters are so out of date, the story seems to take place in a much earlier period. Part of the problem is that people, including Amanda herself, keep referring to her as an old lady. Sixty-five is hardly in your dotage anymore, but both Amanda and Chummy act and think like they must be in their 80s. Unfortunately, the narrator reads them and their friends like they are in their 80s and it is confusing at times. And most 65-year-olds these days are as seduced by their cell phones as are younger people.

The narrator has a problem with differentiating voices for some characters. All the older male characters begin to sound alike. And Amanda and Chummy still sound like they are in their 80s.


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  • Ms Peach
  • 09-12-2016

Wonderful

Loved the humor. Had me laughing out loud. I am going to try the cocktails hopeless case, wobbly knee and white Christmas

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  • Linda
  • 11-06-2017

Narrator is AWESOME! !!!

can't wait for the next installment of this series. Good plot and wonderful characters. Kudos!

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  • Amy Grovenor
  • 23-01-2017

Captivatingly fun romp!

Both the story and the performance are exceptionally entertaining!!! I cannot wait for the next book in The Belchester Chronicles series, Snowballs and Scotch Mist, to be released here in Audible. The performances by Patricia Gallimore of all these unique characters brings to life Andrea Fraser's descriptive, entertaining, and captivating written word which so enhances the enjoyment of this book.

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  • Judy Paul
  • 18-07-2017

Please write faster. What's going on with Beecham?

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

I do all the time

What did you like best about this story?

the characters are wonderful, writing witty and fun

Which scene was your favorite?

Sneaking into the house at midnight and being seen by the local copper.

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

Lady A's relationship with her mother, very funny.

Any additional comments?

Must read.

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  • Helen L.
  • 24-06-2017

Uproariously funny!

A romp of good humor, wit, and literary delight as loony Lady A returns with accomplice pal Hugo to solve another murder mystery that local police cannot begin to unravel. Helped by faithful Enid Tweety and the invaluable Beauchamp, the endearing Amanda shares her special mirth and criminal insight with us and we can only enjoy!

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  • Dorise
  • 03-02-2020

Inane repetitive unconnected random

Truly could not get into either; the characters, nor the story. Inane, repetitive, unconnected, random, unlikable. Unsuccessful attempt at humour

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 06-08-2018

Lady Amanda and Hugo are at it again

More daring do by the senior version of the Scooby gang. Lady Amanda Golightly and her friend Hugo again get themselves involved in murder. What would any self respecting pair of senior citizens do? Obviously, investigate it themselves and pull in other seniors to help out. Obviously.
Well they do just that, between lots of cocktails and several naps.
Will Lady Amanda's crew find the culprit(s)?
Do you really need to ask?
This is a fun series and worth your time. (between cocktails and naps of course.)

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  • Christy
  • 02-01-2018

grating protagonist, good narrator

The narration was great, but it took fully half the book to get the plot going, and Lady Amanda is such a horrible person that very little about her is likable or relatable. Not as good as the first, and I might not continue the series.