Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past.
Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.
The Castle's faded grandeur hides a web of secrets and scandals - the Earl has been missing for seven years, lost without a trace since the night he left his guests and walked out into a blizzard.
When a skeleton is uncovered beneath the flagstones of the Old Chapel, the police produce a suspect and declare the case closed.
Hugo is not convinced. With the help of the spirited Freya Wryton, the Earl's niece, he is drawn back into active service, and the ancient town of Selchester is dragged into the intrigues and conspiracies of the Cold War era.
With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to Le Carré, A Man of Some Repute is the first book in this delightfully classic and witty murder mystery series.
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By Marcus on 24-07-15
Would you listen to A Man of Some Repute again? Why?
Would listen to again enjoyable mystery with a few twists and turns, looking forward to the rest of the book series
What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?
Very pleasant to listen to and enjoyable brought to life the characters
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Highlight on 05-11-15
Michael Page Is Perfect Narrator
I could listen to Michael Page reading his long monthly shopping list, he is perfect for narrating. We have many audible books read by Page of various genre and he never fails to pack in a full dollop of a show. His voice projection may not be for everyone, we love it and listen every evening to some audio by Mr Page and we roar with laughter!
I downloaded A Man of Some Repute as it was a Daily Deal and only a couple of pounds. I read a few pages but I was not particularly enthralled by the material and then I noticed the book is available on audio narrated by page. So pleased I bought this version as I much enjoy this book read to me rather than me read it. Not a story to get excited about, very average and if it was not for liking the narrator, I would not have listened all the way through to the end.
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By Jerri C on 18-10-15
Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery
I enjoy the English "Golden Age" mystery, and have read Sayers and Marsh and Heyer and Wentworth and Christie, etc. For an author who grew up outside of England and is modern rather than someone born before WWI, I think Elizabeth Edmondson does a pretty good job of creating a pseudo Golden Age mystery. I don't know enough about upper class Catholics in England during an just after WWII to know if she got those details right, but otherwise I was pretty satisfied with her period detail. Bonus points for remembering that food and other items were still rationed in England for some years after WWII ended.
The mystery itself was good, plenty of red herrings, the actual killer not telegraphed too early, but not appearing out of thin air either. And good, competent writing.
The thing I disliked the most about the story is the pretty obvious set up for the next book. I like a series, but I tend to prefer that each book stand alone. In this case many loose ends have been left, basicly getting ready for the next book, which will really be mainly a continuation of this book, with more family secrets coming to light. If she ties things up in A Question of Inheritance, which comes out soon, I will be satisfied. If she strings things on and on, I think it will get old.
The reader does a good job making an interesting read, and distinguishing the characters well enough so one knows who is speaking.
Over all, a good listen
85 of 89 people found this review helpful
By Margaret on 01-09-15
Amusing cozy mystery with a twist
This book would be a traditional cozy mystery, set in an English village in 1953, except for the twist that it's also a spy novel. The characters are well drawn, if stereotypical; the dialogue is sharp, and there's just enough of a cliffhanger--or maybe two--to hint at a satisfying series to come. I recommend this for cozy fans who are getting a bit tired of the standard whodunit murder puzzle.
50 of 52 people found this review helpful