Lord Mullion's Secret

  • by Michael Innes
  • Narrated by Hugh Laurie
  • 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At Mullion Castle, sumptuous stately home, we meet the Earl and his family, who include his delightful daughters Patty and Boosie, and dotty Great-aunt Camilla. Old school chum, Charles Honeybath, who has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the Earl's wife, finds himself at the helm of a complex investigation involving ancestral works of art and a young under gardener, Swithin, who seems to possess the family features somewhat strikingly...
An unabridged reading by Hugh Laurie of Michael Innes' 'Lord Mullion's Secret'.

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a real treat!

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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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Welcome to Mullion Castle

Henry Window, Lord Mullion, drops into the studio of his old chum Charles Honeybath to commission a portrait of his wife. With a momentary regret that he did not become a landscape painter, Honeybath sets off for Mullion Castle, now shown to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays. (Needs must when the Inland Revenue casts its eye upon one).

Upon arrival, Honeybath becomes better acquainted with the family, including one whimsical aunt, three children, his prospective sitter, as well as a voluble vicar of antiquarian pursuits, a dishy gardener, and other characters.

At first, I thought this might be a diverting, satirical story in the grand British tradition. But there is neither the wit of Wodehouse or Benson, nor the sting of Saki. It isn't awful, but I wouldn't recommend it either. The secret, such as it is, is hardly worth knowing and is telegraphed miles beforehand. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

Really loved Laurie here. In fact, without him, I would have been likely to return the book. He kept things lively when they otherwise might have lagged.
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- Die Falknerin "Painter, musician, bibliophile..."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios