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Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog's Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside.
When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue - and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple's peaceful rural life.
The case soon takes a more complex turn. Other people vanish mysteriously, one of Dr Earle's houseguests among them.
What is the explanation for the disappearances? If the missing people have been murdered, what can be the motive?
©2015 Estate of Freeman Wills Crofts (P)2015 Soundings
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By Ms Lixie on 12-27-15

A real hard slog to get through

I read another review before buying that warned it needed editing and my god, does it ever. I almost gave up at least 4 times as it was just so slow. The actual action takes place in about an hour of the reading. Most of the rest is the detective thinking about things. With editing this could be quite a good traditional british period piece but with the length it is, it makes it an ordeal. As a side note, by the time "who done it" was revealed I couldn't remember who they were. Best listened to in one go so you don't feel a similar disappointment alongside the thrill of having reached the end.

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By Katherine on 01-29-16

Excellent Puzzle

The author allows the reader to follow the detective's thought process. I disagree with the reviewers who consider this work boring. The author compellingly describes the fact-gathering process which is, after all, detection. The author also allows the reader enough information to consider and evaluate how those facts fit in with varying theories. The reader feels a participant in the sleuthing process. Very clever plot. Well-performed.

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By Richard on 12-01-15

A really g-ripping yarn!

Having never heard of Freeman Wills Crofts before I didn't know what to expect but knowing that I could return the book if I didn't like it I had nothing to lose so I went ahead and bought it. I am so very glad I did.
The author takes his time with the plot and creates interesting characters and atmosphere as well as unexpected twists and turns right up to the ending. I had my suspicions about who "dunnit" but I was surprised in the end! Gordon Griffin's performance was excellent. All in all a very enjoyable listen.

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By Ginger on 11-22-15

Loved It

Would you listen to The Hog's Back Mystery again? Why?

Sometime in the future. Well written, evocative of the period, a well constructed puzzle and well read. I love crime and thrillers but have become satiated with graphic violence, depressed, drunken, detectives, Scandinavian Noire etc. Enter, Inspector French of the Yard ..... Very refreshing.

What other book might you compare The Hog's Back Mystery to, and why?

Antidote to Venom by the same author

Have you listened to any of Gordon Griffin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. He is an excellent narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because it was a joy to look forward to listening to it in episodes.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy a good classic golden age mystery, this is for you. The four stars for the story rather than five, are because I did guess the gist of who did it. However, this did not spoil my enjoyment.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-31-17

A very cozy mystery

If you like your mystery cozy and baffling this could be for you. An Agatha Christie like story beautifully narrated in a voice to match the era. A good overall listen but the last two chapters were very laborious

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