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* very cozy formula: village murder with RCMP inspector teamed with local amateur sleuth on both an investigation and blossoming romance. You can guess easily who the killer is, but that's not the point of the listen! --more of a traditional village cozy than whodunit
* captures the rural anglophone New Brunswick setting well -- although an outsider, I lived there around that period (1980s) and I "recognized' the characters and voice
*good, gentle humour; decent writing, especially the dialogue
* Dufris hits the right notes with all the characters - no over-the-top Canucks, but there is some regional inflection respectfully attempted
*another gift from the publishing world of e- and audiobooks - I hadn't come across MacLeod/Craig before. I look forward to more of her audiobooks. This first of a series has me hooked.
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This is a great cozy mystery written in Charlotte MacLeod's gently humerous way. She wrote around three dozen intelligent, funny, carefully crafted mystery novels in her lifetime, in more than one series, and some stand-alones. I have been hoping for years that Audible would get some of them, and they finally have one. I enjoyed it immensely, and I really hope that the rest of this series (Madoc & Janet Rhys series) will be recorded & be made available on Audible, too. William Dufris did a great job as reader!
And please, Audible, try to acquire Charlotte MacLeod's "Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn" series. It was recorded by Books On Tape, and read by Mary Peiffer. (I requested them a few years ago, but no luck so far.)
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I was very pleased when it occurred to me to look for Charlotte MacLeod books on Audible and found several I'd not read together, with this whole series I'd not heard of, as they written under a different name.
My impression was that this might have been written earlier than the Kelling/Bittersohn series, as it didn't feel as strongly written, particularly initially. The first part is seen from Janet's view point and she keeps casting through her list of suspects with what felt like multiple choice questions on why they might be the killer. I've since looked at publication dates and see this was published a year after The Family Vault, so the difference in style may be deliberate.
Once the characters were set up I think the story became much more interesting and the stereotypes began to have a little depth.
The story line itself was somewhat absurd (particularly the red herring elements), but I think no-one is looking for gritty reality in this type of book. As with her other books there is plenty of wry humour and poking fun at characters.
The narrator was generally good, but was apparently trying to play Rhys with a Welsh accent. [I'm not sure if the character is Welsh or of Welsh heritage]. The accent was nearer to Irish, but overall,-odd. There were also one or two strange mispronunciations where the emphasis in a word was wrong eg proVENder.
I'll certainly try the next in the series