A Better Quality of Murder : Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries

  • by Ann Granger
  • Narrated by Laurence Kennedy, Maggie Mash
  • Series: Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London, 1867. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. After it has lifted a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...

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didn't feel the fog

This has similar pacing and plot to an Anne Perry Victorian mystery, but I did not find the characters or historical detail as engaging. Both narrators usually do better work. With so many excellent Victorian mysteries available, it's hard to recommend this one. However, if like me, you download even the weaker Anne Perry's for relaxation easy listens, this at least was a PG rated tale with a few twists, if mostly pedestrian and unremarkable. This is weak in atmosphere, too - in a good Victorian London murder, you can "feel the fog," even if you're not looking for an edge-of-set-thriller.

The first in the series, A Mortal Curiorsity, is on Audible at a better price but not yet tagged as the series. That might be a better place to start.

Granger is better in moden day settings.
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Good story, except for Perry Mason confessions...

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

Yes. It is a good story by one of my early favorite authors. Narration is very good.


Who was your favorite character and why?

No real stand-out. Each character was developed fairly well.


What does Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed the narration; however, the voice of "Bessie" was a bit child-like.


Any additional comments?

Funny, but the mention of Aunt Perry made be think of Anne Perry and her Inspector Pitt novels, which follow a similar husband-cop, wife-sleuthing helper model.

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- C. Johnson "Elementary"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks