• In the Beginning, There Was a Murder

  • An Amateur Female Sleuth Historical Cozy Mystery (Miss Riddell Cozy Mysteries, Book 1)
  • By: P. C. James
  • Narrated by: Lillian Rachel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A secret liaison. A baffling murder. Can one woman solve the crime without joining the body count?

Northern England, 1953.

Pauline Riddell has grand ambitions for her future at the armament factory. So, when her closest workmate reveals a salacious affair with a married man, Pauline refuses to risk her career by listening to the scandal. But, she’s shaken to her core when the police arrive with news of her best friend’s homicide.

Desperate for justice, Pauline’s insistent poking into the investigation only makes her the prime suspect. And now, to clear her name, she must unravel a web of deadly clues entangling her in a sinister plot. Can Pauline catch the killer before they strike again?

In the Beginning, There Was a Murder is a riveting mystery novel. If you like whip-smart heroines, intriguing twists and turns, and nail-biting danger, then you’ll love P. C. James’s sensational story.

Get In the Beginning, There Was a Murder to crack the case today!

©2020 P. C. James (P)2021 P. C. James

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Went On Forever with Little Payoff

First there is so much repetitive dialog that you will literally yell ‘come on already’ . The book could have been much shorter with the same impact. The ending is thrown together so there is no real payoff. The heroine of the story for on my nerves and the usual cops not knowing what to do theme continues here. I wouldn’t recommend if you’re a true fan of mystery novels.

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Great for fans of the genre

I usually stick to science fiction and fantasy, But, I also like reading mysteries. Overall I thought the book was a great mystery. We have all of the standard story elements, a dead body, suspicious characters, and an overzealous police force. This book is a quick read but has a satisfying story arc. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of explanation on some terminology like "paymaster," but that is a minor thing. An amateur sleuth's idea has always fascinated me since I read Agatha Christy's Evil under the Sun and Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes back in the day. This book has a different style, but it's written in the same vein. Other than the British slang that I had to look up and the absence of explanations of particular terms, I found the narration good and having a British female voice helped make this audiobook production an excellent experience.

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Loved this audiobook

I’ve already read the book and loved it. The narrator captured the time and spirit of the book perfectly. Highly recommended.

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Great first in series

I've enjoyed all of the Miss Riddell books by P.C. James. I'm glad to see the audio version available. The narrator was pleasant to listen to.

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Likable Characters

So nice to find a cozy that’s not about baking or books. Good narration too.

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Outstanding narration and storyline!

Really excellent story line and the narration was done really well and authentic like! I was really looking forward to the next one in the series but I cannot find an audio version of it anywhere, I would really appreciate one. Really love Miss Riddels character, what a courages woman!

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A wonderfully cozy mystery for Miss Marple fans

The narrator's pitch perfect performance really brings this gem of a cozy mystery to life.

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A New Amateur Sleuth In Town

This was my first experience with P. C. James' work, and I enjoyed it a lot. In this story, the author created a character named Pauline Riddell, who reflected the true nature of being an amateur sleuth in that she made a lot of mistakes and jumped to several conclusions without considering or accumulating all the facts. I was very entertained by her antics. The tale was both historical and a cozy. I am looking forward to acquiring more audiobooks in this series. I recommend this novel to others who enjoy this genre. Lillian Rachel's narration was skillful, and I liked the British accent. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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Overall disappointing

I enjoyed the start of the story and I thought it was running along the lines of Agatha Christie. from there it went down hill.
The narrator's time was one level and the characters all sounded the same.
The story was very predictable.
Not my cup of tea..

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