The Murders of Richard III : Jacqueline Kirby

  • by Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by Grace Conlin
  • Series: Jacqueline Kirby
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused at the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself. A dangerous practical joker recreates famous 15th-century murder methods: beheading, poisoning, smothering, and even drowning in a butt of malmsey. As the jokes become more and more macabre, one at last proves fatal.
Jacqueline puts all her observations together for a dazzling solution that will surprise even the most attentive listener.

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What the Critics Say

"Highly entertaining." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Good for driving

The plot is pretty good--you can see partial solutions then another twist comes. I did not think the narration was very good. The speaker was clear, but the characterizations were distracting rather than enhancing. Also, my recording had a number of skips. They were short enough (I think) that they did not affect the story, but they were annoying.
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- J. Tortorelli

Great story, terrible, terrible narration.

How could the performance have been better?

I adore Elizabeth Peters and always enjoy her books. While Grace Conlin is not my favorite narrator for her books (who can compare to Barbara Rosenblat?), on other Jacqueline Kirby books she's done a fairly good job. This one, being set in England, exposes a major weakness of Ms Conlin. Accents. Her British accents are terrible. Not just bad, really, laughably bad. It made it almost painful to listen to this book, and I could barely finish.


Was The Murders of Richard III worth the listening time?

On this one and with this narrator, I really have to recommend just reading the book. The narration nearly ruined the whole thing for me.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.