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I enjoyed this Honeybath cozy-romance even more than Innes' Inspector Appleby tales, mostly because Laurie does Brit tongue-in-cheek eccentricity better than anyone else. The very small mystery element is not the point - it's the play of words and humour, with Innes poking fun at his genre as much as the foibles late 20th century British aristocrats. It's more of a precursor to McCall Smith's 44 Scotland St series than a mystery. A short but sweet listen, it's worth a credit.
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This was a shorter, but brilliant story of the class system in England and a satirical look at the absurdities of English manners in the modern world. Hugh Laurie's narration brought the characters to life and had me laughing the whole way through! A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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This is a terrific book made so much better as it is narrated by the wonderful Hugh Laurie. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this type of book and who likes Hugh Laurie. As audio books go this one is in my top ten. At more than five plus hours in length it gives a lot of listening pleasure. Well worth the price! Good work, especially to Laurie and I hope to listen to more of his work.
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Michael Innes wrote witty and involving novels, the best-known of which are the detective stories involving John Appleby. His books are always witty and well thought out, and often slightly surreal. This novel is one of his comedy mysteries involving the painter Charles Honeybath. It is tremendously enjoyable, rivalling P G Wodehouse, and it is superbly read by Hugh Lawrie.