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.
"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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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.
The sex scene. I was expecting a cosy mystery!
I don't know because I haven't read the book.
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.
- Ms Lixie