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A Shot in the Dark

Mydworth Mysteries - A Cosy Historical Mystery Series 1
Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Series: Mydworth Mysteries, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the best-selling series CHERRINGHAM

Sussex, England, 1929. Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there, when young and handsome Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his beautiful and unconventional American wife, Kat.

No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry's aunt's home - Mydworth Manor. The police are baffled and overwhelmed with the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the dangerous culprit: not only do they have certain useful "skills" they've both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English society that your average bobby can't reach ...

Nathaniel Parker, born in 1962, graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. His television career began in 1988 when he played Flying Officer 'Flash' Gordon in the LWT mini-series "Piece of Cake". He is also the lead in the BBC series "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries", based on the novels by Elizabeth George. Nathaniel Parker has an extensive list of audio books to his credit, ranging from the classics of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy to more modern writings and children's books.

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A Shot In The Dark - Mydworth Mysteries

A very enjoyable light mystery. Not too long not too short, great for a drive in the car.

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A Shot in the Dark.

loved it a country manor mystery full of fun and romance hope there are more like this to enjoy.

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Summer perfection!

Just delightful to start this series on a lovely summer weekend. On to book 2!

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Fun romp

A fun shortish story, but the narrator's American accent was appalling and distracted from the performance.

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weak weekend

not a complex plot. superficial.
nothing more to add. nothing more to say.
don't need fifteen words!

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Delightful Cozy Mystery

This is a delightful, historical cozy mystery set in post WWI England. I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted with each other. As the wife was American and the husband upper class British. This allowed for humorous relief as the language and cultural expectations sometimes clashed. The supporting characters were unique and some quirky. The narrative was well done allowing the reader to visualize the era and setting in which the story takes place. The story is told from both the husband and wife’s point of view, allowing insight into their deductive reasoning, their motivations and their actions. The mystery had numerous suspects, subtle clues, surprises, danger and suspense. The storyline flowed along smoothly and quickly. I enjoyed the fact that both husband and wife were Intelligent, interesting and strong characters that worked really well together. This was a well written and performed story, so if you like cozy, historical mysteries you should enjoy this one.

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Lots of fun!

If this first book in the series is any indication, I will be listening to all of them. It definitely is a cozy mystery - fun, short and solved by a pair of simpatico main characters. Well done.

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A great cozy mystery

The characters in this book are interesting and fun. Excited to read the continuing adventures in book 2.

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Very cosy 1920s West Sussex murder mystery

Totally cosy, wonderfully narrated (I have to confess the narrator was my deciding factor on choosing this book). Will definitely download the next on the series.

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  • justthisonce
  • 2020-02-09

A good start.

I got this title because I have enjoyed the joint author’s Cherringham stories so much. I don’t know if I would have continued with the next in what is set up to be a series if I hadn’t known their work from the other series. When I read the very first of those, Murder on Thames and Sarah and Jack meet, form an unlikely pair who frankly don’t care for each other much at that first meeting , and end up working together to solve what the local police are calling an accident. Sarah becomes involved by a personal connection to the victim and while trying to find out more, meets Jack who is living on a houseboat. not far from the site where the body was found. As soon as I had finished that one, I already wanted more and have since read/listened to all of the 30 plus titles, so far, in that series. So although this one didn’t quite grab me as much as the first Cherringham I will get at least the next in this series assuming that these 2 main characters get better as it goes. The roles are a bit reversed from Cherringham as the couple are married, the male is the native Englishman and the woman American. She is the one in this series (at least so far) has the higher set of “special skills”
i.e. picking locks when needs arise due to her former work as well as postings throughout the world in her previous work for the United States government. Also, while she may have been a bar owners daughter, he was born into the aristocracy.
If you like the Cherringham series, I’d definitely give this a shot. (yes, groan inducing pun intended)
Update. turns out there are already a few more titles in this series; #s 2 and 3 already published and the 4th available for pre-order. And again, like the Cherringham series the audio versions apparently take a bit longer to produce/publish. #2 and 3 are only, so far available as paperbacks or Kindle. Interestingly, while this first title has an overall stars, both of the next two are 4 1/2 stars.

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  • 2020-03-03

Nathaniel not the one for this story

I like the story and the characters but NP is not good for a female American accent. he does much better with the Bunburry series. mostly British voices.

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  • Carol D.
  • 2020-02-09

Disappointing!

I loved the Cherringham series. Read and enjoyed every one. This series fell flat. The narrator was of no help.

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  • Marie
  • 2020-02-27

so so light weight mystery

My biggest question; what was the purpose of the prologue. The scene is never mentioned again.

I wasn't taken by the main characters and doubt I will spend time on another outing of the pair.

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  • 2020-03-15

Very enjoyable!

Cozies aren't usually my thing, but I enjoyed this one. The characters are fun and the plot was good.

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  • h sims
  • 2020-03-12

Unfortunate accent

Good lighthearted story as mysteries go. Unfortunately the narrator does an awful “American” accent. It’s like a southern/ New York accent. I assume they all sound the same to some people, however they are very different and shouldn’t be mixed. The rest of the narration is great and very enjoyable, but that accent is terrible.

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  • rhodeanie
  • 2020-04-13

Delightful cozy

I very much enjoyed this light cozy with very likable characters. I thought that I would because I like the Cherringham series so much. I forward to the next in the series.

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  • Lilybelle
  • 2020-02-19

Just okay

I’m a fan of the authors Cherringham series so I had high hopes for this one. Plot was rushed and one that’s been done too many times (thievery in a country manor house). I was more interested in the snippets of the protagonists backstories/time in Egypt than their present day mystery to solve. These two seem like fascinating people who are now embarking on a very boring life in England.

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  • theNaturalist
  • 2020-03-15

Lighthearted snack, moves right along

This first installment is to set the characters and locations in place. Narrator does a good job. we will have to see if the following installments provide any challenge to the listener in terms of plot. Very good audio quality.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2020-02-07

Great new series!

Loved this! Even though Niel Dudgeon was missing the narrator was wonderful. I look forward to the next installment!

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