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  • A Cosy Mystery Compilation
  • Written by: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Bunburry 1-3

Written by: Helena Marchmont
Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
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Publisher's Summary

Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry.

In "Murder at the Mousetrap," the first Bunburry book, fudge-making and quaffing real ale in the local pub are matched by an undercurrent of passion, jealousy, hatred and murder - laced with a welcome dose of humour. Alfie McAlister has retreated from London to the peace and quiet of the country to recover from a personal tragedy. But an accidental death - which may have been no accident - reveals that the heart of England is far from the tranquil backwater he imagined. After arriving in Bunburry, he is co-opted as an amateur detective by Liz and Marge, two elderly ladies who were best friends with Alfie's late Aunt Augusta. And it is not long before their investigations take an even more dramatic turn...

In "A Murderous Ride," the second Bunburry book, Alfie discovers that he has not only inherited a cottage from his late Aunt Augusta but also a 1950s Jaguar. He is dismayed: for reasons of his own, he no longer drives. Aunt Augusta's best friends, Liz and Marge, persuade him to get behind the wheel again - but that's just the start of his troubles. Alfie discovers it's a seriously bad idea to get on the wrong side of the local police sergeant. Especially when he finds himself at a murder scene and the sergeant decides Alfie's the murderer. There's only one thing to be done. Alfie has to track down the real murderer himself - which will force him to drive as he's never driven before.

In "A Taste of Murder," the third Bunburry book, a local beef farmer is found dead and Betty Thorndike, vegetarian and Bunburry's only Green Party member, is in the frame. Despite what everyone thinks, Betty is absolutely not Alfie McAlister's girlfriend. But Alfie knows what it's like to be wrongly accused, and enlists the help of his fellow amateur detectives, Liz and Marge, to find out who's responsible. There's just one problem about a farm-based investigation - Alfie's scared of cows...

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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light, fun, entertaining series

I have enjoyed this series so far and have already downloaded the next 3 episodes in this series. It is not difficult to figure out 'who done it', even so it's enjoyable with many moments that had me chuckling. This is something to listen to when doing chores in the home or when out for a walk. (The narration is excellent!!)

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Bunbury by Helleena Marchmont Read by Nathanial P

Enjoyed this series very light mystery adventure. Town to Country characters make it lots of fun and frolic. Nathanial Parker does a fine job of Narration.

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Fun stories

I love all these cosy mysteries and these three are no exception. I highly recommend it to anyone who has listened to other cosy mysteries and enjoyed them

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Wonderful!

I loved this set of 3 cozy mysteries! Nathaniel Parker's narration is fantastic, the descriptions of Bunbury and the various meals served are lovely, the characters are quirky and fun, and the mysteries themselves are quite well set out. I highly recommend this series!

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Totally Cosy - 3rd story dragged a tad

I wanted some total escapism, and these novella length cosy mystery series definitely delivered. Nathanial Parker is a wonderful narrator, and the stories evocative of a coltswalds that surely cannot exist, but I would love if it does... The third story was a bit "meh" but I suspect it was due to binging the stories in quick sucession.

Individually they are cheaper than a cup of joe - so I will continue listening, if for no other reason than for Alfie to work out which of the locals he should/could be dating.

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Simply brilliant!

Marchmont is a special writer: Parker is a gifted actor. Utterly engaging. Vivid, likeable characters who sweep you deftly from the trivial pleasures of small town, bucolic England to the oppressive and blinding anguish of loss ... and then back again. Never dwelling too long on the pain, but making it real, and pertinent.

The pace is perfect, beautifully balanced. The narrator and author disappear: there is only the story. And then, blessedly, another. And more.

But ... I gush too much. I am dismayed to learn that enthused is a real word now. On the other hand, that didn't stop me from purchasing the six subsequent instalments of "Bunburry" before I'd finished the first three ... perhaps in the curiously insane fear that the publisher might 'run out' before I got aholt of them.

These stories are utterly charming: you've been warned.

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entertaining

An easy listen. The narrator is really good at helping to hear the difference between characters as well his pace in speaking.
The storyline doesn't require loads of thought so I can listen while working in my studio and not get distracted.

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Cozy is Acurate

These are really short mysteries, nothing much to deduce or figure out since the suspects are usually very few and are solved pretty quickly. It was very relaxing to listen to this while trying to navigate a stressful drive in the snow! I didn't have to pay too close attention and still got into the story.

Audible, I hope you get Nathaniel Parker to narrate more books! He's amazing and does so many brilliant voices all different and distinct!

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