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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself.

Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

However, Frey's new boss, Detective Nine-Nails McGray, actually believes in such nonsense.

McGray's tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next...

©2015 Oscar de Muriel (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Walrus Rex
  • 27-02-15

Devil Music

What made the experience of listening to The Strings of Murder the most enjoyable?

I have been bingeing on late Victorian murder mysteries lately. This weeks example is Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel. This story concerns disgraced young aristocratic investigator Ian Frey who is assigned to semi-barbarian Edinburgh to investigate the politically sensitive murder of a violin virtuoso. Frey is a bit of an a-hole of the snob variety given to snide comments. He is assigned to work not only with but under Inspector McGray, also an a-hole but of the thug variety given to responding to perceived insults with physical assaults. Worse, McGray is the head of an X Files like department and the clear demonic signs of the instant murder allow him free reign to his superstition, much to the annoyance of Frey. I was a music major as an undergrad and one thing that attracted me to this book is the musical connection. It seems a cursed violin may be responsible for a number of grisly death, the very violin that that Tartini (in real life) used to compose, or more accurately, to transcribe the Devil's Trill Sonata composed by the Devil himself in Tartini's dream and then owned by Paganini who (in real life) was alleged to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his virtuosity. Together they work to solve a grisly locked room murder.

What three words best describe Andy Secombe’s voice?

A little heavy on the Scottish accent, made it a little difficult to understand for a hick from the sticks such as yours truly.

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  • Ana
  • 27-02-15

Captivating

Had to get past the over the top speech patterns but after a but you get to enjoy the characters

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  • mary
  • 08-04-15

A good story

I enjoyed this audiobook. The characters are interesting. The diversity between them excellent. The story line interesting. All this makes the plot hold together well. Andy Secombe does a good job with his narration. The accents are a bit strong for those not used to hearing them. It takes a bit to get your ears trained to understand them. I recommend this book especially for those who like Victorian Era mysteries.

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  • Rich Obrey
  • 20-03-15

Very enjoyable

Enjoyed this title very much. Looked forward to riding in the car for the first time in a while. Great performance, hearing the accents really added to listening experience.

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  • Akia
  • 18-03-15

Good story and funny

The narrator was my favorite part he did great accents and had great comic timing.
I hope this becomes a series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-20

Wonderful!

This book was chosen for my book club for the month of October. I could not put it down!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-15

Perfection!

Narrator and story absolutely superb, I enjoyed every minute of it (for the third time now, it's that good). I especially appreciate the relationship between the two main and very different characters. I, for one, am tired of buying mysteries only to find them part romance novels. The Strings of Murder is a gem and I sincerely hope that Mr. De Muriel is busy on his next novel!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-06-15

What a treat!

A murder mystery spiced with humor! I enjoyed the story and pace of the narration enormously. The narrator made the story and the humor quite vivid; I could put the book down. I hope to see more from both author and narrator.

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  • Jessica
  • 27-04-15

I am ready for the sequel!

This book was so much fun! It had vivid and likable characters and a intriguing story. Andy Secombe truly brought life to the characters. I cannot wait for a sequel and please please Mr. Secombe narrate more books!

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  • Mr Chops
  • 29-10-15

Pure Class

I have over 400 titles in my library, this one is easily in the top 10.

For the most part I am grateful if the narration is not too annoying. This is real acting as opposed to just delivery. I just love that it is a Welshman that brings this English dandy, lassy and brusque Scot to life. And what attractive characters they are too, colourfully rendered and multi dimensional. The supporting cast of workman are just as lovable.

Combine these elements with a credible mixture of the occult an engaging mystery and a dash of humour and you have my perfect audio book.

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  • ALP
  • 04-11-15

Excellent debut mystery - cannot wait for more

This book was exactly what I was looking for - a great mystery story full of character, humour and a touch of the occult - think Sherlock Holmes with a lighter tone and an "odd couple" partnership. I particularly enjoyed its grounding in reality - from the use of the legend of Tartini's famous sonata to the authors note explaining the truth behind the revelation of the murderer, great touches that certainly added weight to the story and made its more fantastical parts more believable.

The only fault I had with this production was the obvious re-record of several chapters - the narrator took sometime to pick up the protagonists voice in quite the same way, which led to a few jarring passages that distracted from the story until my ears had adjusted. Not a deal breaker but a little irritating.

Overall a great listen and extremely enjoyable. I was very surprised to find this was the authors debut book and I will certainly purchase the next in the series in 2016.

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  • Idontlikegivingreviews
  • 25-05-15

Good

They bicker like an old married couple which keeps it light hearted. Well narrated. Kept me engaged.

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  • Natalee
  • 17-12-15

I was surprised by how the story keptmy attention.

From the very start I kept thinking "this isn't my thing" but I kept listening any way enjoying the characters and the narrator. He occasionally got the accents a bit muddled but I liked that you always knew who was talking by the voice he used.

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  • K
  • 01-02-17

Jaunty

This an amusing book. Not in a gut-busting way but my lols were definitely audible. The characters are drawn from standard stereotypes but in a jocular enough way for them to be three dimensional and endearing. Even the supporting characters, despite being like villains from fairytales or Oliver Twist, are engaging.

The plot lines are involving and, despite being convoluted, are not frustrating. In general, the writing is not polished but this is a really enjoyable stab at the period detective genre and while derivative is consciously so, and manages to maintain its own identity.

The reading of this book by Andy Secombe, is a particular highlight. It's so spirited that even his slightly dodgy Scottish accent for 'Nine-nails' McGray actively adds to the humour of the novel. I swear to God his rendering of Inspector Frey was based on a cross between Prince Charles and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen - hilarious!

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  • Nanny Cath
  • 29-01-17

Fabulous read

Thoroughly entertaining, witty and humorous - with a ghastly tale alongside. Very pleased I've discovered this series.

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  • R
  • 03-03-15

Great

Really enjoyed this book. Was a bit hesitant at first but got into it quickly and really liked it. Story and performance are good. Read if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan.

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  • Cosima
  • 17-02-15

A really good yarn.

I just loved this novel.
The characters were believable, at times funny, whilst chilling too.
The narration was spot on and really helped to bring a very intriguing story to life.
I hope we shall have many more of these.

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  • Kevin Pog
  • 20-12-16

worth reading

A really cracking yarn and the narrator was excellent. will listen to more by the same author.

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  • Magenta
  • 26-11-16

Fantastic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a ripping yarn that had me hooked from the get-go and made me laugh out loud at times. It's a gem from start to finish - I could have listened to it in one sitting but I forced myself to eke it out.

As others have said, it isn't so much narrated as performed, and it's a veritable tour de force. An absolutely wonderful, delightful listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

LOVED IT

The only reason this isn't a 5 is because there is no such thing as perfection in this world. But I enjoyed this novel so much and immediately downloaded the second in the series. There are four titles in the series so far, PLEASE write/record more! I need more Frey and McGray in my life.

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, detective fiction, 19th century gothic literature and early horror like Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera etc you will enjoy this. I thought it handles these genres and the era very well. The melodrama, the crazy plot twists, the main character's very English toff prejudice against virtually everyone who isn't also an English toff, especially the Scottish, the red herrings, the classic locked room mystery. All of it fits together so well. It was such a treat for a fan of these genres. But it's not just a pastiche or satire, it also felt very fresh.

There are some really funny moments, especially the dialogue between Frey and McGray, but certain plot elements are pretty dark. It's hard to get into without spoiling, but yeah this is set during the period of Jack the Ripper and similar bloody crimes so let's just say the author doesn't sanatise or whitewash the era.

The narration was awesome. The Scottish accents are pretty good to my ear [Aussie who knows a lot of Scots], although I don't know if they would pass muster with actual Scottish listeners. Don't worry about the accents being hard to understand, I found the narrator perfectly intelligible and very entertaining.

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  • bec/audiothing
  • 28-05-16

Entertaining, a Bit Different


If you want a mystery that's a bit different, a bit dark a tad gory but quite humorous in parts, then this one should fit the bill.

Inspector Ian Frey, being a touch arrogant in nature and supercilious in manner, is not the most likeable of men. To the dismay of his well to do family he had tried and disliked the study of both medicine and law finally deciding on a career as a detective. A job he is actually quite good at and, having solved one high profile case, he is more convinced than ever of his superior intellect.

Everything is going well, until, due to some political manoeuvres, he finds himself on the verge of losing his job unless he agrees to travel to Edinburgh to solve a very strange case. To his chagrin he finds himself subordinate to Detective Nine-Nails McGray. Poor Frey finds everything north of the border to be terribly offensive to his fine sensibilities - and is not afraid to say so. McGray though is having none of his fancy ways, nor are the house servants, in fact not even the dog shows any respect for him or his fine clothes.

The interactions between Frey and McGray provide the humour, yet there is a serious locked room mystery going on here, Frey takes his usual pragmatic and systematic approach to the investigation, at least, he tries to. Yet on more than one occasion he finds McGrays insistence on following a more unusual path to be both enraging and beyond belief. As past tragedies unfold and the present mysteries are revealed, the two men earn the grudging respect of the other.

Despite a bit of a shaky start when I didn't quite understand what was going on, all did become clear and the beginning fitted the end very well. Some of the characters did stretch my credibility a little, but this only added to my overall enjoyment of this entertaining story. The short violin interludes helped create a chilling atmosphere for this thoroughly enjoyable audiobook.

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Andy Secombe did a pretty good job of all those accents, the only voice I didn't much care for was that of the crazy girl from the past, I found her just a bit over the top. I loved how he captured the pomposity of some of the political characters and how he somehow managed to seamlessly change those voices from pompous to obsequious when they were in the presence of the Prime Minister. All of the characters were clearly defined, especially enjoyable was the supercilious Frey. The pace and rhythm of the reading matched the story well.

This audiobook was provided by the author, publisher or narrator in return for an honest review.



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  • Dom
  • 18-01-21

Fantastic performance.

The performance was incredibly well done. The writing style was perfectly done. The only reason I did not give five stars was due to a plot twist that although relevant, was weakly connected to the majority of the book. Still a great yarn but I guess I like to feel like I should have a chance a deducing the plot somewhat.