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Murder at the Mousetrap

Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 1
Written by: Helena Marchmont
Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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

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 "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. 

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 "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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  • Ann Pettyjohn
  • 2019-03-21

Glad I gave it a go!

I was a little apprehensive about the short length of this book so I almost didn’t buy it. So glad I did! The characters pull you right in and the vivid descriptions and narration style are spot on. I have fallen in love with Bunburry and can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

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  • Mckai
  • 2019-03-07

if you love the Cheeringham Series....

You will enjoy the folks who inhabit a place named Bunburry. This is a cozy mystery with eccentric characters who inhabit a land nestled somewhere between past and present....no tech, low tech, & todays tech.....served with tea, creme, & scones, in the Cotswolds. A fun romp for a winter's evening! SLKW

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  • Sharon
  • 2019-04-24

This was fun ...

Nathaniel Parker's always a delight to hear, so the narration being good was a given. I was a tad concerned that the story was going to be complete in three hours -- so used to the longer 8 to 12 hour stories that I wasn't sure I even wanted to try one of these Bunberry mysteries. But, for three dollars, for three hours, that's very inexpensive entertainment, and I gave this a try. I have to say it was a real pleasure to listen to such a warm, witty, cozy mystery in such compact form -- kind of like an espresso -- lots of flavor in a compact form. Great characters, fun little town, this being book 1, it set up a great cast of characters I'll happily go back to again … three hour stories are perfect for an afternoon or evening's listening. I'm looking forward to the cheerful, tongue in cheek wittiness continuing through the series.

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  • Jane C
  • 2019-02-16

Entertaining story!

Compelling cost mystery. Clever and entertaining dialog and great narration! Pretty poignant at times. Definitely getting the next one! Love the Oscar Wilde references also.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 2019-02-05

Wonderful

What a charming mystery. The plot clips along at a good pace the characters are relatable. The narration is just great. Good story Good Listen

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  • Anita
  • 2019-05-08

Fun and fluffy

I prefer longer books, but this was like a bonbon -- a sweet little treat. Easy to sympathize with the main character, and the little village is full of familiar (but not quite stereotyped) folk. I wanted it to be longer and more complex so that I could spend more time with them.

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  • Laurie S
  • 2019-03-04

Great cozy

Entertaining and pleasant. i look forward to the next one in the series. Would love to have Nathaniel Parker narrate more books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-03-03

Very Amusing Mystery

This was a quick listen of an amusing cozy mystery. The characters are likable and interesting. Look forward to more.

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  • TAJ
  • 2019-04-26

Entertaining

I was happy with this tea cozy mystery. We'll have to see what Archie lands in next.

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  • Beatrice
  • 2019-05-11

Pretty good

This is a pretty good mystery with engaging characters and a well developed mystery. I have already bought the next 2 books.

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