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Publisher's Summary

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries.

This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

Here Jack and Sarah get caught up in a mysterious treasure hunt. They tease out the truth behind the town puppeteer's death, and they're threatened by the ancient curse of a local farm.

Cherringham is a serial novel à la Charles Dickens, with a new mystery thriller released each month. Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly - but with a spot of tea - it's like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

For fans of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple series", Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who series", Caroline Graham's "Midsomer Murders", and the American TV series "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Lansbury.

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90's, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and - most recently - the successful crime fiction series Cherringham.

The narrator of the audiobook, Neil Dudgeon, has been in many British television programmes including the roles of "DCI John Barnaby" in "Midsomer Murders" and "Jim Riley" in "The Life of Riley".
©2016 Bastei Lübbe (P)2016 Lübbe Audio

What listeners say about Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

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Never a dull moment in Cherringham

More intrigue as the sleuths are on the job again. Jack and Sarah make a great team solving crimes that might have gone unpunished or undiscovered otherwise. Love the writing and narration!

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Bite-sized PG-13 Mysteries - Growing on me

I'm more of a conventional Mystery fan. I enjoy extensive character development, involved plots, "keep-you-guessing" twists, and tense atmospheres. This series doesn't have the time to accomplish those goals and rather pays close attention to making certain there is bare-bones intrigue with little of the grisly and zero expletives. That renders, in my opinion, a distinct lack of anything viscerally affecting. These short episodes are instead easy-to-consume but notably superficial. The tandem of amateur sleuths in these stories (retired NYPD detective Jack Brennan and divorcée computer programmer Sarah Edwards) are head-shakingly nonsensical in terms of motivation and the neighborly village setting - while relatable - is frankly boring to me.

What the book admirably does provide is distracting, easily-digestible diversions. These are "Prime-Time" quality morsels.. completely appropriate if the audience includes younger listeners (e.g. while driving the kids to school). The transatlantic collaboration of Niel Richards and Matthew Costello is unique - and works really well here. They provide clear plots with an economy of words and write as for a screenplay - the reader can easily visualize the encounters and scenes. At the same time, they tease that there are some fascinating ominous relationships smoldering beneath the veneer of the village of Cherringham - if only they had the time to explore them. The quality of writing is promising.

Niel Dudgeon turns in an average performance reading this recording. His pacing and emotion is fine, but he seems somewhat disinterested and chooses some fairly strong accents - rendering some scenes difficult to follow.

Altogether, I rate this set of "Cosy" mysteries at 2 stars out of 5 (a slight improvement over my first introduction). These made-for-TV quickies are not quite to my tastes, but as I get introduced more to the protagonists, I am getting more comfortable in their world.

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Very entertaining

These "episodes" of crime stories in Cherringham are really entertaining and I enjoy them immensely. I am always surprised with the ending, which of course in a crime story is always a plus.
The narrator is very good and I am looking forward to listening to the next 3 stories.

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excellent

loved Neil Dudgeon as a narrator. my second set and i
I ave enjiyed all.

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Love this series

Great little fun stories. Love the characters of Sarah and Jack as they sleuth there way in Cherringham. Excellent stories to listen to on BBC a walk or a drive.

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Another great trilogy

I love this series. The characters are full, the stories are interesting and full of plot twists. I would love to meet Sarah and Jack

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  • Deb
  • 2016-10-30

Addictive series!

Well written and love Neil's narrative, hope he does more books. I plan on listening to every one.

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  • Beatrice
  • 2016-10-29

Wonderfully Entertaining

This is a great series and I'm glad I discovered it. I enjoy the interaction between Jack and Sarah. The mysteries are uncomplicated and interesting. I love this series and can't wait to listen to the next episode.

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  • K
  • 2017-08-15

great series

Hurry and get books 7 and 8 in English and on Audible. I don't understand why they are "done" in German first and then in English. Can anyone explain why?

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  • Jody S
  • 2017-03-14

Ive decided I love it. Completely Charming.

When I started series 1-3 I feared it would be cheesy...theme music the mix of James Bond and Sex in the City, NY cop moves to rural England...
In reality, it's completely charming. Great narrator. The characters are likable. The plots and mysteries are clever but not too dark nor dim witted. I've really enjoyed them.

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  • Anita
  • 2016-10-10

Loved it!

I enjoyed this cozy series! Neil Dudgeon is one of my favorite actors and he doesn't disappoint in his performance here! Great characters and clever plots---an enjoyable escape into Cherringham😊

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  • Kathi
  • 2017-02-20

Delightful find!

Matthew Costello and Neil Richards have created a series that is a very compelling listen. The characters are always fun, even if a bit two dimensional (which works fine in this series, where the stories don't have enough length to develop multi dimensions in the changing characters). Jack, an American ex-cop, living on a longboat in England, becomes friends with Sarah, a single mom--and they discover they each like "sleuthing" and are good at it together.

These are mysteries, but one thing I really like, is that each book is a series of several short stories instead of one long 7-8 hour book. One might think that there would not be enough time to develop really interesting stories--but in fact, so far each has been thorough, fun, a good whodunit, and just exactly enough details to let the listener get well involved. I suspect it takes more skill to craft more and shorter engaging new plots than to write just one long book (which are sometimes padded with extra "filler" material). And I've been impressed with the originality of plot details that these writers have used.

The narration by Neil Dudgeon (who plays the new John Barnaby in the long running Midsomer Murders series) is very talented also. He has an excellent range of voices--and matches them well to the characters. This series has a lot of creativity, clever writing, good plots, and are quite engaging. Low level on violence, and high quality on listening enjoyment!

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  • Sherry
  • 2016-10-25

held my interest

I think this book was well worth the time.I enjoyed the entire reading.it held my interest from beginning to end.

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  • Trish R.
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Every bit as good as the first 3 novellas..



THICK AS THIEVES

This was about a Roman Plate found on the farm of Pete, who was to share the monies that came from anything Jerry Pratt and his friend Baz discovered, with their metal detectors, on his land. But, the plate was stolen that same night and it was up to Jack and Sarah to find out who had stolen it.

Another fun little adventure for the detecting twosome.

LAST TRAIN TO LONDON

Okay, this was about a murder of a jeweler/puppeteer who was supposed to be from Germany but it turned out he was from Romania. Jack and Sarah were looking into it but nothing seemed to make sense, until it did. It was a sad story but it turned out to be a great ending.

THE CURSE OF MABB’S FARM

A curse that was not a curse but Jack and Sarah had to figure out what was going on. And I have to admit I was really surprised at who was “causing” the curse.

Again I enjoyed these 3 novellas immensely. Not that edge of you seat read, just a calm little read that kept me calm and happy. I will definitely read all the Cherringham novellas. It’ll take me a while but I enjoyed Jack and Sarah so much I won’t forget them no matter how long it takes me to read them.

As to the narration: I can only reiterate what I said in the first 3 novellas I listened to. Neil Dudgeon does kind of stink at the women’s voices but he does everything else so perfectly I can look past that. His voice for the American Jack was simply awesome.




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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2017-03-10

Cute short stories

Three short mysteries. Cozy, nothing too deep but fun. Good characters.

Neil Dudgeon does a great job as narrator.

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  • tweety09
  • 2017-02-03

Very Good Series!

Enjoyed every minute of these stories.
Very well written.
Narrator Neil Dudgeon has a clear voice and easy to follow along with.
Recommend this series.

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