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The Royal Baths Murder

A Yorkshire Murder Mystery, Book 4
Written by: J. R. Ellis
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins

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A murdered crime writer. An idyllic Yorkshire town. Can DCI Oldroyd separate fact from fiction?

A famous writer is found murdered at the Victorian baths in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. In a crime worthy of one of his novels, Damian Penrose, who was appearing at the town’s crime writing festival, has been ruthlessly strangled. But with no trace of the murderer and no apparent means of escape, how did the killer simply vanish from the scene of the crime?

There’s only one mind capable of unlocking this mystery: DCI Jim Oldroyd. But as he and his team quickly discover, while Penrose was popular with the reading public, he had made plenty of enemies. Feuds over money, accusations of plagiarism, a string of affairs.... His route to the top left a trail of embittered rivals - and suspects. But which of them was willing to commit murder?

When Penrose’s shocking death proves to be just the first of many, it becomes clear to Oldroyd that he is dealing with a calculating criminal hell-bent on revenge. He must find and bring them to justice. Before the truth becomes more chilling than fiction....

©2019 J. R. Ellis (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Debbie
  • 27-01-20

Murdered Writer in Historic and Idyllic Setting

Once again DCI Jim Oldroyd finds himself faced with near impossible odds in determining how someone got into the historic Victorian baths and murdered Damian Penrose, a famous mystery writer in town for the Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival. With a growing list of suspects and a town full of tourists for the annual festival, Oldroyd and his team have quite a job ahead of them. The fourth in the series is superb, and also gives us more details in the personal lives of Jim Oldroyd, Andy Carter, and Stephanie Johnson. Steph has been loaned out to another DCI at the station, who is unscrupulous and keeps preying on the young women who work there. And so far, no one has challenged him, including his superiors, who must suspect his behavior. Jim Oldroyd, spurred on by his daughter, Louise, has subscribed to an on-line dating service. Finally getting up the courage to meet one of the women for coffee, Oldroyd finds he rather likes her. I also like, Oldroyd’s sister, Alison, who is a vicar in a nearby village. The investigation of the murder at the baths is stumping Oldroyd and his team and in the meantime, the writing festival continues and Oldroyd digs deeper into Damian Penrose’s past. There is no lack of dirt there. Great tale of intrigue. Of course, my favorite part is always listening to Oldroyd as he puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.

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  • christanne
  • 20-01-20

Narrators Voice Irritates

I just can’t concentrate on the storyline when the narrator’s voice irritates me so much

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  • RT
  • 04-11-19

Weakest in series

I enjoy the setting of these books and the details about Yorkshire. The series are Agatha Christie in nature but the writing is uneven and nowhere close to the legendary mystery author. This was the weakest in the series and seemed to be primarily a vehicle for his political point of view.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 30-10-19

Best so far

This was fun. Way too many characters to keep track of but still quite good. In fact, it was my favorite of the series so far. I still am leery of the romance between two of the characters.

This was another locked room mystery. And the setting of a murder at a murder mystery festival was a cute way to go. Much of it was predictable but I enjoyed it. I liked seeing Oldroyd step out of his comfort zone.

And Michael Page’s narration was quite decent.

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  • Shannon
  • 28-02-20

Less mystery - more women empowerment novel

I've read all 4 of these novels and they all have a distinctive lefty philosophy that I'm willing to overlook if the mystery is good enough. This one had too many "man bad - woman amazing" story lines that disrupted the mystery (btw I'm a woman - before people think I'm just a toxic male).

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  • B.Carole W.
  • 11-01-20

Good mystery.

interesting plot. Hint--Occum's razor does NOT apply! Interesting characters, good narration. have read others by this author and will read more of his work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-20

Old school sexist writing

Sexist old school male writer that makes females look and behave like idiots. Stopped about 2 hours in because I couldn't take any more. Full of cliches. Female police officer blamed crying on time of the month.

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  • Trish R.
  • 30-11-19

Good book, not so good narration..

This was a good book. About an author of murder mysteries who was murdered at the Harrogate Turkish Baths and there seemed to be no way in or out of the murder room without passing the front desk. Then there were two other murders when people were getting too close. And in-between the murders our hero, DCI Jim Oldroyd met a woman through the personal ads and we got to see how that was going. It was a good addition to the story.

Overall, it was pretty interesting, with some really good characters.

There was no real romance in this and only a little bit of swearing.

As to the narration: Michael Page has no emotion whatsoever. His voices are okay but you need more than that to be a good narrator. You can't just read the book. Several times someone laughed but the narrator didn't make a sound.

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  • Colorado Cowgirl
  • 30-10-19

Another very satisfying mystery

I love this series. The setting in Yorkshire and all the ties to local features, landscapes and history add so much to the richness of the stories. This mystery features historic mineral springs and a mystery writers conference as the perfect if not ironic setting so a series of seemingly impossible murders. The plot is intelligent, clever and original. There is also a nice subplot involving sexual harassment that has a nice resolution. The suspects are typically quirky and all are suspisious, giving us a big range of motives to sort out. British mysteries are all about the people and solving the puzzles, and not much about forensics and violence. I look forward to the next one!

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  • Ory
  • 12-12-19

Peculiar Yorkshire

Posh bloke trying t speak Yorkshire dialect, he's crap keeps on saying t all time. Sounds peculiar, he ought t stick t posh books n leave us Yorkshire tykes t read Audiobooks.

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 06-11-19

well worth the wait, next please

wonderful to be back in the tantalising of who done it and thd wonderful description s of the area.
the plot kept me guessing till the end also wondering who or why the next one to be murdered would be. Loved it and cant wait for the next

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  • tony
  • 22-04-20

Good storyline until the end

Enjoyed book until near the end felt like author struggled and created implausible ending disappointing

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  • Julie Turner
  • 23-02-20

Yorkshire?

The story was very weak in my opinion, I stuck it out till the end. Being from Yorkshire myself I found the narrator's accents torturous to listen to.

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  • andrew pearson
  • 29-12-19

Great writing and story telling.

This is must listen too book a grate plot and Performance by the story teller.

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  • Bronwyn R
  • 28-12-19

Narrator a distraction

I very much enjoy J R Ellis's crime novels, and the story to this one was also a good one. However, I was greatly distracted by the voice of the narrator, as it was extra loud overall and just about every voice/accent sounded pompous! Also the women's dialogue sounded like it was being read by a female impersonator in a Christmas pantomime, also, still quite pompous....I tried not to let this affect my reception of the story itself, but it was impossible to ignore. Maybe it's just me, but I am used to much mellower narration, better suited to the scenario. Nothing personal, Michael Page, but I just don't think you were the right person for this story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-19

average

Not one of the best books I have listened to but
able to listen to the end story line ok. narration was good.