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Publisher's Summary

The curious amd murderous exploits of the Rev Frances Outerard as recounted by himself with interspersions from his cat Maurice and his dog Bouncer. Leslie Phillips as a cat? Inspired casting! An enchanting tale full of fun, wit and insight. Set in a delightful 1950s mythical Surrey. The collusion between the cat and the dog to ensure their owner keeps out of trouble is hilarious.
© and (P)2006 Joyful Productions
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By E. on 01-23-12

Silly, but not offensively so

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This was a remarkably entertaining and relaxing read. Well read, and it did not overly tax my (admittedly high) tolerance of whimsy. Really, who can resist a murderous vicar?<br/>

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By Christy on 01-16-13

What a hoot!

The characterizations of the dog and cat are genius (as are the narrators of both) in this light story about a spur-of-the-moment murder by the local vicar in a 1950's English country town. And how the cat and dog come to stay, decide they have a good thing going, and take steps to see that their new human doesn't get caught.

Laughed a lot. Maurice the cat's accent is a bit thick, so I listened to it twice and laughed even harder the second time around.

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By Jill on 11-16-09

Hugely entertaining

I've lost count of the number of times we've listened to this audiobook. The vocals are spot on with honours shared evenly. The story is delightful - Maurice and Bouncer are the sort of pets we all wish we had and FO so singular that in the end we've all ended up rooting for him. Add to that the vaguely incompetent police, the worldly-wise piano tuner, the pompous bishop, the satisfyingly oily Nicholas and the very strong evoked sense of the fifties and you have an absolute classics. It's about the right length for a return car-trip to my daughter at university too!

A much loved favourite and we all look forward to hearing the sequel - soon please?

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By Kirstine on 06-05-10

I can't get into this

I tried to listen to this several times, but I can't stand the way that Leslie Phillips reads his part. He's a lovely actor, but in this reading he drawls one minute and then races ahead in a most irritating and mannered way. So I've given up.

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By Vanessa Young on 01-22-17

I see where the author was going but.....

There are a few cosy, or golden age type mysteries around where the humans are aided by cats, dogs, even horses to solve murder mysteries. Lillian Jackson Braun and Ria Mae Brown spring to mind so I see where the author was going here ( no spoilers) but she did not get there. There was no suspense and it was easy to see that she was setting up for a series.

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