Cyril Hare – An English Murder

A country-house murder-mystery classic, as a party of people find themselves snowed in on Christmas Eve with a murderer among them….

The snow is thick, the phone line is down, and no one is getting in or out of Warbeck Hall. All is set for a lovely Christmas, with friends and family gathered round the fire, except as the bells chime midnight, a murder is committed.

But who is responsible? The scorned young lover? The lord’s passed-over cousin? The social-climbing politician’s wife? The Czech history professor? The obsequious butler?

And perhaps the real question is: Can they survive long enough to find out?

Author: Cyril Hare
Narrator: Chris MacDonnell
Duration: 6 hours 10 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2003
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This one had been in my Wish List for a while before I finally clicked Complete Purchase. On the one hand, Ive heard many good things about Cyril Hares work. On the other hand, Ive heard Chris MacDonnells reading of Mallorys Le Morte DArthur. Granted, his somewhat plodding, even delivery worked for that more-than-somewhat plodding book. But what about a witty, erudite, urbane Golden Age murder mystery?

Listening to the first chapter or two on the train home from work, I resolved to return An English Murder as soon as I got there. MacDonnells distinctive accent inhabits the voice of every character, male or female, sometimes making distinctions difficult. But then the story started to develop; characters revealed themselves; their interrelations became more complex and intriguing. Even MacDonnells flat-footed delivery couldnt hide the sheer entertainment value of Hares writing. I was hooked.

And, once I was hooked, I didn’t mind MacDonnell’s performance. Then I started to enjoy it. Once the story was over, I started it again to remind myself how the whole mystery began. And, lo and behold, I realized MacDonnell hadn’t gotten better as the story progressed; his signature low-key delivery had been there all along. I might try Tragedy at Law after all.