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Passing Strange

Written by: Catherine Aird
Narrated by: Bruce Montague
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Things had gone wrong from the very beginning at the Almstone Flower Show, including a missing fortune teller. But events take a decidedly macabre turn when the fortune teller is found and Detective Inspector Sloan and Detective Constable Crosby arrive to investigate a murder for which there seems no means, no motive, and no opportunity.
©1980 Catherine Aird (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"[Montague] has a clear, well-modulated voice, which is easy to listen to, and his dignified delivery matches the cerebral nature of this mystery." (AudioFile)

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  • connie
  • 2010-04-23

it takes a village

to make the setting for this clever & dryly humouous English cozy

a character driven who-dunnit, set just before ubiquitous technology complicated detective cozies

very well narrated (in the style of classic English who-dunnits)

nothing profound, but a very pleasant mind massage with no graphic violence or sexual content

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  • Linda
  • 2013-10-04

My favorite Sloan so far

This is my favorite CD Sloan audiobook in the series so far. Perhaps I paid more attention, because this narrator is much improved over the narrator of the previous audiobooks. The plot is clever and enjoyable.

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  • Dana
  • 2007-03-06

just a good book

I enjoyed listening to this book. I enjoy the author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-01-28

Slow

I have enjoyed several previous books in this series immensely. The narrator’s dry delivery added to the characters and to excellent writing. But I have struggled hard to remain interested in this one, despite the narrator’s valiant effort to redeem it. It drags; it goes on and on about tangents unrelated to the plot. It gets very tedious, consisting basically of inane conversation and tangential thoughts on the part of the inspector. Rather than being an enjoyable journey, as the previous books were, Passing Strange is a long, enigmatic bore.

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  • S J
  • 2024-01-05

interesting info

enjoyed background info on country activity. great narrator. least liked: info about and conversation by heir.

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  • ili pika
  • 2023-04-28

Narrator makes or breaks audio books

I didn't care for this narration, any mild humor or village quirks were buried in plodding ponderousness. I do wish more care was given to selection of narrators and their availability to read all the books in a series. The narration contributes to the character that forms in my mind and switching horses mid-race rather spoils it. I see other reviewers liked this one, it's certainly a personal thing, but I prefer Derek Perkins.

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  • prc
  • 2021-12-01

not one of the better ones

the author seems to be running out of steam at this point in the series. Even the last line in the book was just a cheap trick. I will take a short break from these books and read something else entirely. but I will be back because I always finish every series I start. just can't say I'm looking forward to it now.

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  • grey
  • 2020-12-21

As always, good.

Crosby is getting a bit smarter—we must to attribute this to Sloan’s (sp?) teaching.


Narrator strangely does Lee’s (sp?) voice as Scottish.

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  • beeverd
  • 2018-09-21

Wonderful inspector sloan

the inspector Sloan books are so good and entertaining...the author injects sufficient humor and riviting mystery. I especially enjoyed the narrator style and delivery...
spot on!!!

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