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This is the third ‘episode’ in the Cherringham series and another enjoyable story.

Cherringham is preparing for it’s annual Christmas choir performance, when one of the women in the choir, Kirsty, dies of anaphylactic shock from eating a biscuit containing peanuts. It is originally thought of as a tragic accident, but Kirsty’s friend Beth has her suspicions and asks the unofficial detectives Jack and Sarah to investigate.

As always, secrets are unearthed and of course the truth is finally revealed.

Expertly narrated again by Neil Dudgeon, this series has continued to delight me, being undemanding enough to listen to while out running, but also keeping me guessing. Bring on episode 4!

 

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I previously reviewed Murder on Thames, which is the first book in the Cherringham Cozy Crime series, and over the past two days I have listened to book 2, Mystery at the Manor. In this book, Victor Hamblyn, the elderly owner of Mogdon Manor, dies in a fire at his house. But when he is found, it appears that rather than trying to get out of the manor downstairs, he went up to the attic for reasons that nobody can fathom.

Meantime his three avaricious children, Dominic, Susan and Terry, are all only interested in one thing – their inheritance. None of them trust each other, and each of them thinks that they will be the only heir. But is that enough reason for them to murder their father? Sarah Edwards and retired NYC detective Jack Brennan are soon on the case…

As with the first book, and indeed the rest of the series, this novella is narrated by Neil Dudgeon, who has a perfect voice for audiobooks. I found this episode in the Cherringham series to be just as enjoyable as the first one, if not more so, especially as at the beginning of this one, we are already acquainted with Sarah and Jack.

I didn’t guess the ending either, and that’s always a bonus, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers for anyone who is thinking of checking out this series (and if you are a fan of cozy crime, then you really should).

All in all, another great read and I look forward to book 3.

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I listened to this audiobook over the course of two runs. Narrated brilliantly by Neil Dudgeon, who stars in Midsomer Murders (a favourite show of mine although I love the John Nettles episodes best, because well…John Nettles), this is a similar kind of story and I can actually imagine this would work really well as a TV series.

Sarah Edwards is a single mother, who moved back to Cherringham – a lovely little village in the Cotswolds – from London after her marriage broke up. She is shocked to hear of the apparent suicide of her childhood friend Sammi, but soon starts to suspect that Sammi may in fact have been murdered.

Jack Brennan is a retired New York Homicide Detective who has moved to Cherringham after his retirement, to live a quiet life with his dog on their boat. However, when the opportunity to get involved in solving a possible murder comes his way, he teams up with Sarah to find out the truth behind Sammi’s death.

I really enjoyed this book – it comes in at just under 3 hours, but happily there are several more episodes in this series, as well as a couple of fuller length novels.

If you like shows like Midsomer Murders or books like the Agatha Raisin series, I would highly recommend this. I enjoyed the narration but I think I would have equally enjoyed reading it as a physical book. I will definitely be listening to / reading more in the series.

 

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