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When Robert Engelbart inherits his Aunt Edith's cottage in the picturesque village of Dapple Dyke, he is both amazed and confused in equal measure. Truth is he had only ever been to the village once before as a 10-year-old and that had been to stay with his aunt, whilst London was being blitzed.

Now as the author of two "angry young man" novels he is struggling to write a third. Trouble is he no longer feel angry enough and the Imperial typewriter has remained silent for almost three years. Not good when your agent is expecting you to deliver your "masterpiece" within the next three weeks.

Though all that is about to change as Robert discovers that Dapple Dyke is not as tranquil as it first appears.

There is a brittle darkness about the place, and the more he learns about the occupants of the village, the more his interest is piqued.

Only when he discovers the body in the church, does Robert Engelbart truly realises just how dark and deep the roots go in Dapple. The question is, can he solve the mystery, or will he find himself ensnared in the machinations that bubble just below the surface of Dapple Dyke Village?

©2021 Robin Roughley (P)2021 Robin Roughley

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A cast of unlikable characters

The narration is okay, but does nothing to bring the story to life. The protagonist is extremely boring and everyone in the story is pretty despicable.

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Totally Entertaining!

Perfect book to listen to in these troubled times. I enjoy well done snarky humor, and this rates among the best. Even better, the characters are delightful, the plot very good, and the narrator is the icing on the cake. Uploading number two as I write this, and hope there are more editions to come.

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  • Anita Hodson
  • 09-24-21

Audio book newbie

Absolutely loved this audio book
Based in a very small quintessential English village an authour return back to sort his deceased aunts house when murder strikes. Numerous times!
Cream fancies and Beavers galore the book isn't without its villains
Highly recommend

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  • Susan
  • 09-21-21

Enjoyable nostalgia

A gently paced mystery set in a village of my childhood, laugh outloud naughty bits.

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  • Leanne
  • 10-26-21

Perfect

This is a new author for me so I didn't really know what to expect. I really loved the story, such a gentle cosy mystery and I thought it waa narrated perfectly. 5* for me and definitely one I will listen to again. I will be looking out for more from this author.

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  • Tortuga
  • 10-09-21

Old Fashioned Whodunit.

It's lovely to listen to an old fashioned and cosy story that isn't full of swearing and gore and consequently this would make a great birthday or Christmas gift because you'd be safe in the knowledge that you wouldn't be offending the recipient. I liked that I had the same evidence as the police and the many, often spiteful, village characters to consider as the murderer.
The narrator read clearly and was deadpan whilst dealing with the double entendres.
If you only know the author from his gritty DS Lasser and Plymouth series you'll be in for a pleasant surprise and this shows what a versatile writer he is. I think this is a great story to snuggledown with now the days are drawing in. I'm really looking forward to the next Robert Engelbart Mystery.

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  • John Thys
  • 09-25-21

innuendos galore

A brief outline of the story . Robert Englebart revisits Dapple Dyke were he spent a few months living with his aunt Edith as a young boy and attended the local school. His aunt had since passed away and Robert had inherited aunt Edith's cottage, he soon finds the village is full of bigots and gossips. That's enough of the storyline what did I think well I wouldn't normally read ( or listen) to this type of book but as Robin Roughley is a favourite of mine I thought I'd give it a go , it starts off a bit slow but the narrator Christopher Jamieson is very skilled and his soft voice soon draws you in . And he is amazing in that all the characters have there own individual sounding voices so after a while you soon recognise them just by the sound, anyway I really enjoyed the book it's full of innuendos and soon had me laughing out alound, and a bonus with it being an audio book I could listen to it whilst doing other tasks around the house or even outside . So if you haven't tried an audio yet and want a laugh give this a try you won't be sorry




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  • lesley lloyd
  • 09-20-21

Light hearted cosy murder mystery.

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A rural cosy murder light hearted mystery set in the 1960’s.
Cosy murder mysteries are not my usual go to genre, but I do have a soft spot for the 60’s.
I like the cover, it looks like a Christmas card and gives a feel of the time of year, and has a pleasant feel good factor.

I had the 🎧audiobook version of this cosy murder mystery set in the 1960’s.
The narrator is Christopher Jamieson. He is perfect for the role. I think his tone and manner are very fitting for the era. Good distinctive voices for the various characters. It’s like listening to a play.
The protagonist is Robert Englebart (not keen on the name) a successful author with his own distinctive style incorporating ‘grief, misery, strife and death’ he is currently experiencing writers block. He has to go to Dapple Dyke to sort out his aunts estate following her death. It’s a quaint village in the throes of a snow covered winter.
While reminiscing in the local church Robert finds a dead body and immediately becomes a suspect.
The writing style and dialogue fits the era well, it’s light,fun and entertaining. It’s full of old world charm, eccentric village characters and bumbling police. My favourite character is the down to earth Burt, and although we only to get to meet her posthumously I really liked Aunt Edith.
It’s got an interesting plot weaved in too.

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‘ her warm brown eyes and perfect baps ‘
‘Nothing satisfies like a wet beaver’
As you can see it’s liberally sprinkled with double entendres. They made me chuckle. I did feel there were too many of them, with the occasional cringe worthy one.

It’s an enjoyable light, easy comfort read, full of atmosphere of yesteryear. It made me chuckle.
I’m looking forward to the next book

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  • P A Burton
  • 09-12-21

Wonderful narration!

To be truthful I can't praise this narration enough, I'd read this book before I got the audio version, and I loved it, a tongue in cheek with added funny dialogue in parts a cosy murder mystery. Wonderful imaginative characters easily pictured in your head by the author's clever descriptive qualities!I

I haven't listened to many audio books I have to say. Reason being, out of them all only two past muster, either a boring flat voice which failed to hold my attention, sending me to sleep in the process or the characters all appeared to be the same person!
This narrator is quite frankly the bee's knees in storytelling and I hung on his every word, wonderful crystal clear dictation and every single character portrayed in what you envisage and hear in your own head, by the second chapter he had me believing he was actually Robert Engelbart the main character, the differences in voices for all the other villagers, leaves you in no uncertain terms as to who is who in this bygone village - with murder in it's midst!

It's great to feel the need to punch the air and shout 'YEAH' at the end of a book, when a narrator transfers your own pent up joy, at a great ending to a story, by their own voice which mirrors your own imagination!
Wonderful, could listen to this reader of books for days on end, I didn't want to miss a single word!

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