Summary

London, 1867. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. After it has lifted a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer. As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...
©2010 Ann Granger (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By DartmoorDiva on 18-07-15

Reasonable story ruined by one of the readers

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Choosing a different female reader

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't have one, too distracted.

What didn’t you like about Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash ’s performance?

They had clearly had no guidance and/or heard each other's reading. The character Bessie, the maid, has a normal sparky cockney sparrow tone when voiced by Laurence Kennedy, but she became a slow-witted idiot when read by Maggie Mash. This made following and enjoying the story impossible. Almost all Maggie Mash's characters were very badly handled, complete ly OTT. Very annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Re-record it, or stop selling it!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By malcolm on 27-01-14

Laboured performance by narrators!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed the listening but may think twice about having another book with the same narrators

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Better Quality of Murder?

I like the concept of the two narrators, husband and wife in this case, I just wish they had communicated with each other at the speed of a normal ocnversation

What didn’t you like about Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash ’s performance?

I listen to books while driving; when this book was on I had a desire to use my right foot to try to hurry it along. I thought the storyline a good one but the narration was so laboured that at times it really irritated. It is as if in 19th century Britain, everyone spoke at half the speed they do today.

Was A Better Quality of Murder worth the listening time?

Yes, but only just.

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3 out of 5 stars
By connie on 04-02-12

didn't feel the fog

This has similar pacing and plot to an Anne Perry Victorian mystery, but I did not find the characters or historical detail as engaging. Both narrators usually do better work. With so many excellent Victorian mysteries available, it's hard to recommend this one. However, if like me, you download even the weaker Anne Perry's for relaxation easy listens, this at least was a PG rated tale with a few twists, if mostly pedestrian and unremarkable. This is weak in atmosphere, too - in a good Victorian London murder, you can "feel the fog," even if you're not looking for an edge-of-set-thriller.

The first in the series, A Mortal Curiorsity, is on Audible at a better price but not yet tagged as the series. That might be a better place to start.

Granger is better in moden day settings.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By C. Johnson on 07-11-13

Good story, except for Perry Mason confessions...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a good story by one of my early favorite authors. Narration is very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No real stand-out. Each character was developed fairly well.

What does Laurence Kennedy and Maggie Mash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed the narration; however, the voice of "Bessie" was a bit child-like.

Any additional comments?

Funny, but the mention of Aunt Perry made be think of Anne Perry and her Inspector Pitt novels, which follow a similar husband-cop, wife-sleuthing helper model.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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