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The reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside - but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish. But the vicar's peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, an ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen with a bullet through his head.
The local police inspector is baffled by the lack of clues. Suspicion seems to fall on Tregarthan's niece, Ruth - but surely that young woman lacks the motive to shoot her uncle dead in cold blood. Luckily for Inspector Bigswell, the reverend Dodd is on hand.
©2014 Martin Edwards (P)2016 Soundings
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By C. Rosser on 05-12-16

A Good Old Fashioned Who Done It

A well written linear story. The narrator was first rate . I will look for other books narrated by Ben Allen.

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By lisa on 08-11-16

Quite dull

I found the first half of this book to be one of the dullest books I have ever listened to. There is SO much repetition of the evidence as characters discuss it and think about it. I love this sort of book, but this one was probably the worst ever!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Mrs. Cullen on 05-20-16

Good old fashioned story

Nice old fashioned and enjoyable. I like the way the characters build, almost an old Miss Marple.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Ginger on 04-12-16

Enjoyable

Interesting and clear plot but too drawn out at the end. As with The Lake District Murder and theSussex Downs Murder, this was a period piece. However it has not stood the test of time so well. I am glad that the author dropped the clunky device of the vicar and doctor as additional detectives in his later books.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Great Scot on 05-02-17

Great little Story

A very enjoyable and we'll narrated story which keeps you going all the way to the end.

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By Jeff White on 10-08-16

a Good little story

A bit outdated now but well read. language not for our times sadly. still with a listen.

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