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The Viaduct Murder

Written by: Ronald Knox
Narrated by: Mike Grady
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Marryatt (the clergyman), Carmichael (the retired don), Reeves (the former member of the military intelligence), and Gordon (the vacationing golfer) are playing golf in Paston Oatvile when Reeves slices his drive from the third tee. In searching for the ball, they come upon the dead body of Mr. Brotherhood below the railroad viaduct. When they find Brotherhood’s hat 15 yards away from the body, they suspect dirty work is afoot, and so the foursome sets out to solve his murder.

A witty, clever and thoroughly delightful classic British mystery story, The Viaduct Murder is the first of Ronald Knox’s detective novels and the only one that does not include Miles Bredon.

©1925 Ronald Knox (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Great story.

Very well performed and full of dry and witty writing. I found that it was a page-turner.

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  • connie
  • 2013-01-20

witty but dry & donnish vintage detection

Late middle-aged amateur gentleman sleuths bumble about their very Brit golf club some time after WWI, joking about Sherlockian logic while postulating how a convoluted murder "hangs together." The mystery is secondary to the eccentrics and their exchanges. It's no surprise to learn the author was an academic priest writing mysteries as his hobby. He probably inspired the young Michael Innis in his craft!

This deserves to be revived for fans of Sherlockian satire. The narrator is wonderful for the old fashioned but melodic dialogue. You may like it if you're a fan of old fashioned British cozies and can ignore some of the dated (but tongue-in-cheek) philosophizing.

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  • John
  • 2020-01-16

You Can Explain a Lot by Overlooking the Facts

It’s all rather reminiscent of Chesterton—laughs (my title is an example), the illuminating play of paradox and irony, gentle yet pointed social and cultural criticism—but with the advantage that Knox displays a lighter touch. The result is both thoroughly entertaining and (yes, I mean this) spiritually edifying. So far from being "out of date", the philosophy espoused is merely out of fashion.

After three attempts to write this review I’ve decided that, if I’m not going to spoil it for you, that’s about all I can say. Mike Grady is superb at the mic, giving the four friends who try to solve the murder distinctive voices and, even more importantly, reading the story in the spirit in which it was written.

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  • Regina
  • 2013-05-15

Very enjoyable, old fashioned mystery

You don't have to like golf to like this story, but I'll bet it helps. Elderly English golfers living around a golf course team up to solve a murder, discovered by them on the weeds surrounding their beloved course. I never heard of Ronald Knox, but this is a very elegant and funny book. He deserves to be remembered for it.

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  • Suzanne
  • 2020-05-01

Very Enjoyable.

Half Fr. Brown, half Agatha Christi.Very enjoyable story with interesting philosophical musings. Good mystery. Will read more by Knox.

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  • peter
  • 2020-04-22

Very very entertaining and well written

Quite a surprise because this author is so witty and tells a truly entertaining tale. I’d never heard of this author before and wish I had. Excellent narrator.