Murder on the Pilgrims Way

  • by Julie Wassmer
  • Narrated by Willow Nash
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pearl receives a surprise present from her mother, Dolly: an early summer break at a riverside manor house that has been recently transformed into an exclusive hotel - the newly named Villa Pellegrini. Pellegrini - the Italian word for pilgrims - reflects the fact that the building lies on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury, and Pearl is looking forward to the break, not least because DCI Mike McGuire has been neglecting her due to his work. But when she discovers that she's actually booked in for a cookery course from the Italian celebrity chef Nico Caruso, she begins to think again.... Pearl doesn't welcome instruction on cookery at the best of times, and certainly not from an arrogant chef like Caruso.
She goes along, intent on challenging Caruso's egotism - and a long tradition of men dominating gastronomy - but soon finds herself distracted, not only by her enchanting surroundings but by the disparate selection of guests. She even begins to enjoy Caruso's attentions - and his cookery - until one of the guests goes missing and it becomes clear that murder is on the menu.


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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing narration

Sadly this narrator has failed to capture the characteristics of the lead roles established in the earlier recordings. Mcguire has been reduced to sounding oafish and dim and Dolly has become a home counties matron and no longer a bohemian free spirit. At times the narration is so stilted as to sound synthesized. Sorry, but this has just made listening no longer quite the pleasure it once was
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- A.C.B.


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

A better plot and narrator

If you’ve listened to books by Julie Wassmer before, how does this one compare?

I loved the first three books, this one was not in the same league. I found it tiring and insulting that she went into explanations about how forensics worked. It was padding.

What didn’t you like about Willow Nash’s performance?

The main problem was her characterizations of Dolly and Inspector McGuire. Compared to the first three readings the voice characterisation was all wrong Dolly was too posh and Mike McGuire sounded a complete moron. Not the tall Swedish looking handsome character I had in my mind. The reading was robotic at times as well

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Apart from moving the story on between the main two characters, no.

Any additional comments?

A better story line and please bring back Jenna Russell.

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- Seafr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK