The Mystery at Stowe

  • by Vernon Loder
  • Narrated by Joseph Balderrama
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published by Collins in 1928, this was the first of 22 mystery novels by Vernon Loder, one of the most popular British mystery-thriller writers of his generation.
When a guest at Stowe House is found dead, killed by a lethal dart, suspicion naturally falls on the resident collector of poisoned weapons from tribes in South America. With the entire house party as potential suspects, what part did the woman explorer play in this sinister tragedy? The local police are baffled and call on the help of an amateur whose recent assignment working with bushmen in Africa brings new insight into an increasingly unconventional investigation....

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What the Critics Say

"The name of Mr Loder must be widely known as a reliable and promising indication on the cover of a detective story." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Successive books by Vernon Loder confirm the impression gathered by this reviewer that we have no better writer of thrill mystery in England." (Sunday Mercury)
"Just the effortless telling of a good story and meticulous observation of the rules." (Observer)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Average story made worse by narrator

Story just an ok murder mystery, but it was made almost unbearable by the stilted and stiff nature of the narrators reading. It was slow with little inflection apart from making all the characters sound the same. For instance, everyone had the same slow laugh 'heh...heh..heh'. "She chuckled 'heh...heh...heh'". It was slow static reading not acting out parts and very dull to listen to. It was also fairly monotone and I needly zoned out a few times. Not good.
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- Fes

Good Listen

loved it. Had to keep listening until the end. Did not see the end at all
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- afitz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited