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The Secret of Brimley Manor

Cherringham. A Cosy Crime Series - Mystery Shorts 34
Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Brimley Manor, home to an eccentric museum of oddities from its owner's lifetime of exotic travels also holds dark secrets. When a suspicious fire breaks out, the biggest question must be... was it just an accident? Sarah and Jack think not. As they begin to explore the history and people of Brimley Manor, they soon learn that this very curious place might also be quite deadly...

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.

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 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'. He is also known for his film roles in 'The Nativity', 'Sorted' and 'Son of Rambow'. In 2012 Dudgeon starred as 'Norman Birkett' on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play series written by Caroline and David Stafford.

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  • Laurel
  • 28-03-20

My favorite!

Best of the series; all a fun read. Why fifteen words? Brevity is an attribute after all.

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  • Berryjazzy
  • 25-02-20

Cherringham Brimley Manor

Love Jack and Sarah! Their interaction never seems contrived. This was a particular favorite! MORE Please!!

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  • brenda p dixon
  • 15-02-20

now that's a book

I absolutely loved this book. it's a must read. and the Narrator was perfect. loved it

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  • justthisonce
  • 06-02-20

Always a treat.

Have heard all of the now 33 (that have audio versions so far) stand-alone shorts as well as the longer books. A step above most cozy mysteries and delightful characters in an absolutely charming environment. If you haven’t tried any of this series, you really could start anywhere and enjoy the story without knowing all the background. But if you do that and you enjoy whichever one you started with, you really should go back to the first. You’ll enjoy it as well and have the pleasure of another 30 plus adventures awaiting you.

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  • Linda Zavodny
  • 01-02-20

Neil Dudgeon is the perfect narrator

I enjoy the stories so very much and having Neil as the narrator makes them dessert for my mind

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  • Fair Oaks Engineer
  • 30-01-20

Love every one!

We love every one of this series. Never a disappointment....no gratuitous violence, good analysis by Sara and Jack. Just wish they would get together - guess that is not the plan as they are just good friends.

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  • Donna Deal
  • 29-01-20

Another delicious morsel from Cherringham

This stories are like potato chips: you can't eat just one. Compelling narratives, comfortable characters solving the crimes,
and Dudgeon's storytelling is irresistible. I want some more, please!

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  • CM
  • 28-01-20

Enjoyable cozy mysteries

I love these cozy mysteries. Always keep to waiting til the end. Love Neil Dudgeon’s narration.

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  • Janie
  • 22-01-20

No One Murdered! Yippie!

Just a GREAT story... without a corpse!! Some unfortunate history facts, but the story very well written and totally up to the authors’ quirky story best! And of course .. Neil Dudgeon!

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  • Trish R.
  • 18-01-20

Excellent, as always..


Another great Cherringham novella with Jack and Sarah. This one was about a manor house in which a fire started, even with no one living there and Jack and Sarah being asked to look into it, while fire investigators looked into it too. As always, it was a quick and excellent story.

No romance or swearing.

As to the narration: Neil Dudgeon was as awesome as ever.

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  • sue glason
  • 07-03-20

always good

always good, easy listening, it's a good series, doesn't tax the brain..... enjoy the narration, good variety of voices

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-20

Easy listening, very enjoyable

I love this series. It’s not going to tax your brain cells in any way but it’s exactly as cosy crime should be. It’s warm and comforting and full of recurring characters that make the village feel solid.
It’s perfect for ‘cooking with wine’!

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  • Trevelyan
  • 07-02-20

As always, brilliant!

Love Cherringham, love Jack, love Sarah! This was perhaps not my most favourite of the stories as it was possible to confuse stories set in other manor Houses in the Cherringham area but still a great listen. Loving the gentle hints of feelings between Jack and Sarah (well Sarah anyway) - will watch this space!
As always Neil Dudgeons narration was fab, don't ever change him! Looking forward to the next one.........

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 21-01-20

Jack and Sarah. At it again

I do like these stories although jack has a lot of typical sayings that I think could be cut. This one was one of the weakest with not a murder in sight.