Murder on a Mystery Tour by Marian Babson audiobook

Murder on a Mystery Tour

By Marian Babson
Read by Steven Crossley

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They had explored every avenue, and it seemed that murder was their only salvation. Reggie and Midge, genteel husband and wife who live in what was the family’s more or less stately home, are now the reluctant managers of Chortlesby Manor Hotel, an English country inn of no particular distinction. But even this transformation will not solve their financial problems. The possibility of succor comes instead in a transatlantic phone call from Midge’s old classmate, Victoria, who is arranging “mystery tours” of the English countryside for American visitors and wants to use Chortlesby Manor as one of the locales of her staged murders. From the beginning, the mystery tour project is heading for disaster. Dissension, complaints, and shows of temperament abound. These are upstaged, however, by a snowstorm of paralyzing amplitude, which in turn is upstaged when a real murder takes front and center. As a killer stalks this group of amateur sleuths on holiday, solving murders is no longer fun and games. Too many guests are checking out early from this eerie old English mansion. They’re not settling their bills—or leaving enough useful clues.

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Summary

Summary

They had explored every avenue, and it seemed that murder was their only salvation.

Reggie and Midge, genteel husband and wife who live in what was the family’s more or less stately home, are now the reluctant managers of Chortlesby Manor Hotel, an English country inn of no particular distinction. But even this transformation will not solve their financial problems. The possibility of succor comes instead in a transatlantic phone call from Midge’s old classmate, Victoria, who is arranging “mystery tours” of the English countryside for American visitors and wants to use Chortlesby Manor as one of the locales of her staged murders.

From the beginning, the mystery tour project is heading for disaster. Dissension, complaints, and shows of temperament abound. These are upstaged, however, by a snowstorm of paralyzing amplitude, which in turn is upstaged when a real murder takes front and center.

As a killer stalks this group of amateur sleuths on holiday, solving murders is no longer fun and games. Too many guests are checking out early from this eerie old English mansion. They’re not settling their bills—or leaving enough useful clues.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Midge and Reggie have inherited Chortlesby Manor from Reggie’s father Eric, who failed to make it profitable as a country hotel and has taken off for greener fields in Australia. Meanwhile, mystery tour weekends from the US have helped put the inn on its feet, and this one, with a staged murder for the participants to solve, has an involved scenario, hired actors, and a 1930s ambiance…[along with] some cogent observations on 1930s detective fiction and a few well-aimed barbs at contemporary work.” Kirkus Reviews

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by Jan 12/23/2020
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Great farce!

family-dynamics, farce, friendship, actors, murder, British-crime-classics, British-humor, England, Innkeeping*****

This fun book is a farce originally published in 1985 and enhanced by the British drollery of Steven Crossley. First the names are to gran about as they are usually parts of major author's names. Then there is the behavior of most of them (including the cat). The publisher's blurb is a pretty good hook about the plot, but it's the laughs that got me! Loved it! Snickered or laughed maniacally throughout the whole thing!

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Author Bio: Marian Babson

Author Bio: Marian Babson

Marian Babson is a mystery writer and the author of more than forty novels in the traditional amateur-sleuth style, “murder most British.” In 1996 she was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the library category for her body of work. She was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but has lived in London for the greater part of her life. Her many interests—theater, cinema, art, cooking, travel, and cats—are reflected in her numerous novels.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English