The Sussex Downs Murder : Superintendent William Meredith

  • by John Bude
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • Series: Superintendent William Meredith
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse!”
Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister - connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother's wife?
Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate - and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next.

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I couldn't connect with Superintendent Meredith

While as easy listen and in no way terrible, I missed having a connection Superintendent Meredith, the primary detective investigating the murders. He is not a well developed character. I wanted to know more about his family (his interesting, eccentric son pops up once or twice), about his likes and dislikes (other than his need to eat meals on schedule), and his background. For me, he suffered from not having a regular partner/sidekick. He also spent too much time going over the various murder theories in his head and not enough time investigating them. His superior had to keep bringing him back on track and pushing him towards a resolution. That said, the plot was interesting, although I did figure out the who and the why, though not all the twists in the how, long before the end of the story.
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- Marie

Very Enjoyable for Murder and Whatnot.

This was very enjoyable. I should point out that the John Bude mysteries are quite dated, and are not especially fast-paced or sophisticated, but I think that is their charm. And they are very well written. I enjoyed parsing the chalk and lime setting, and figuring out what "the hillman" was. (I thought it was some type of person, like the gamekeeper or the crofter.) I congratulated myself for guessing the scenario, but there was still another detail that quite surprised me. If you enjoy vintage things, and cozy mysteries, you will like this one. I should point out that Gordon Griffin's narration here is far superior to the other narrator. Griffin has great timing, and is very good at interpreting the various local types, especially a character or two with "wheezes" and vocal peculiarities. A mystery that won't disturb your sleep.
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- Sparkly "interested in history, science, and pulp fiction"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: Soundings