A Man of Some Repute : Very English Mysteries

  • by Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Very English Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Truth is rarely pure and never simple...
Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past.
Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.
The Castle's faded grandeur hides a web of secrets and scandals - the Earl has been missing for seven years, lost without a trace since the night he left his guests and walked out into a blizzard.
When a skeleton is uncovered beneath the flagstones of the Old Chapel, the police produce a suspect and declare the case closed.
Hugo is not convinced. With the help of the spirited Freya Wryton, the Earl's niece, he is drawn back into active service, and the ancient town of Selchester is dragged into the intrigues and conspiracies of the Cold War era.
With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to Le Carré, A Man of Some Repute is the first book in this delightfully classic and witty murder mystery series.

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Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery

I enjoy the English "Golden Age" mystery, and have read Sayers and Marsh and Heyer and Wentworth and Christie, etc. For an author who grew up outside of England and is modern rather than someone born before WWI, I think Elizabeth Edmondson does a pretty good job of creating a pseudo Golden Age mystery. I don't know enough about upper class Catholics in England during an just after WWII to know if she got those details right, but otherwise I was pretty satisfied with her period detail. Bonus points for remembering that food and other items were still rationed in England for some years after WWII ended.

The mystery itself was good, plenty of red herrings, the actual killer not telegraphed too early, but not appearing out of thin air either. And good, competent writing.

The thing I disliked the most about the story is the pretty obvious set up for the next book. I like a series, but I tend to prefer that each book stand alone. In this case many loose ends have been left, basicly getting ready for the next book, which will really be mainly a continuation of this book, with more family secrets coming to light. If she ties things up in A Question of Inheritance, which comes out soon, I will be satisfied. If she strings things on and on, I think it will get old.

The reader does a good job making an interesting read, and distinguishing the characters well enough so one knows who is speaking.

Over all, a good listen
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- Amazon Customer

Intriguing Plot & Characters Become Talking Heads

I finished listening to this book because I liked the characters and wanted to know whodunit. That said, the book often becomes long scenes with talking heads. Narrative description, setting, and period detail are almost completely missing. In scenes with only two characters, the author uses no taglines, an affectation that can be taken too far. Long stretches of dialogue with no narrative or setting breaks leave the reader floating; much more grounding is required, While I applaud the author for making sure the reader can always tell who is speaking on a page, Michael Page's transitions between characters sometimes make it difficult to tell when a voice changes. I have still given the narrator four stars because I think the issue is often due to the lack of taglines and the writer.

The ending was a bit annoying because a new story line that could change important features of the story is introduced. I don't mind knowing a book is part of a series but cliffhangers on the final pages bother me.
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- Marie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio