• The Norfolk Mysteries

  • County Guides to Murder, Book 1
  • By: Ian Sansom
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (52 ratings)

Summary

The first book in The County Guides to Murder series. The County Guides to Murder ia a series of detective novels set in 1930s England. The books are an odyssey through England and its history.
In each county, the protagonists - Stephen Sefton, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and his employer, the People's Professor, Swanton Morley - solve a murder.
The first book is set in Norfolk. The murder is in the vicarage.
There are 39 books - and 39 murders - to follow.
©2013 Ian Sansom (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

" The Bad Book Affair is, like its predecessors, less a detective novel than a work of humorous social observation, by turns astute, hilarious, wry and rueful." (Patricia Craig, Independent)
"Cripplingly funny." ( Independent)
"I laughed more times than I can remember over a novel for years." ( Observer)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Ms Lixie on 17-01-14

Completely Unexpected

Would you listen to The Norfolk Mysteries again? Why?

I will definitely listen again, to work out how the book seemed to be over before it really started when I listened the first time. The 8 or so hours of reading seemed to all happen at the same pace so the ending wasn't climactic or anticlimactic as it was all the same level.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Norfolk Mysteries?

The sex scene. I was expecting a cosy mystery!

What does Mike Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't know because I haven't read the book.

Any additional comments?

I decided to try this on a whim and because a 'murder in a vicarage' and the cover made it appear as if it would be a bit Agatha Christie like. Instead the murder was in the church and the book started with a lot of the main character's back history and it was all quite modern and realistic. Not at all a cosy mystery.Good, but not what I was after.

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4 out of 5 stars
By pixie on 26-04-16

A change!

I enjoyed this book, full of period detail. not the sort of book I usually go for and it made a nice change.
I liked the characters, the story was a little long but gentle and amusing in places.

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