The Strings of Murder : Frey & McGray

  • by Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by Andy Secombe
  • Series: Frey & McGray
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself.
Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.
However, Frey's new boss, Detective Nine-Nails McGray, actually believes in such nonsense.
McGray's tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next...


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Pure Class

I have over 400 titles in my library, this one is easily in the top 10.

For the most part I am grateful if the narration is not too annoying. This is real acting as opposed to just delivery. I just love that it is a Welshman that brings this English dandy, lassy and brusque Scot to life. And what attractive characters they are too, colourfully rendered and multi dimensional. The supporting cast of workman are just as lovable.

Combine these elements with a credible mixture of the occult an engaging mystery and a dash of humour and you have my perfect audio book.
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- Crispin

Excellent debut mystery - cannot wait for more

This book was exactly what I was looking for - a great mystery story full of character, humour and a touch of the occult - think Sherlock Holmes with a lighter tone and an "odd couple" partnership. I particularly enjoyed its grounding in reality - from the use of the legend of Tartini's famous sonata to the authors note explaining the truth behind the revelation of the murderer, great touches that certainly added weight to the story and made its more fantastical parts more believable.

The only fault I had with this production was the obvious re-record of several chapters - the narrator took sometime to pick up the protagonists voice in quite the same way, which led to a few jarring passages that distracted from the story until my ears had adjusted. Not a deal breaker but a little irritating.

Overall a great listen and extremely enjoyable. I was very surprised to find this was the authors debut book and I will certainly purchase the next in the series in 2016.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd