• Murder at the Lighthouse

  • Exham on Sea Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Frances Evesham
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone knows the dead woman under the lighthouse, but no one seems to know why she died. What brought the folk-rock star back to Exham on Sea after so many years? Who wanted her dead? Does the key to her murder lie in the town, or far away across the Atlantic?

Libby Forest arrives in Exham to build a new life making cakes and chocolates, and discovers a talent for solving mysteries, helped by Bear, an enormous Carpathian sheepdog, and a cast of local characters. The green fields, rolling hills, and sandy beaches of England's West Country provide a perfect setting for crime, intrigue, and mystery.

©2015 Frances Evesham (P)2017 Tantor

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Narrator Had A Cold The Whole Book

Production should have postponed the taping of this book for a couple of weeks until the narrator got over her head cold.. she was ubglubby the entire time and would have benefited greatly from a bottle of nose drops, and a good hard blow into Kleenex tissues...

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Bad performance

This narator can't read a sentance properly. It's horible te listen to. Stopt after chapter 5.

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good story, poor narrator

I enjoyed the book, but really struggled with the narrator. I almost didn't finish the book, but it's was a short book. I love series, but I'm skipping book #2 since it's the same narrator.

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Maybe it got better?

I gave up after a couple of chapters. I couldn’t relate at all to the attitude of the main character

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Can’t get past the narrator

The book may be fine, but I can’t get past the narrator. Just grating and slightly off in inflection. Sounds as though she has a bad cold. Separation of characters’ voices is confusing or overwrought.

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Good one

It was a slow start, but the author tied all the loose strings up quite nicely. Worth it.

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Nice little cosy

cosy-mystery, England, family-dynamics, friendship, twisty, abusive-spouse, murder, law-enforcement, small-business, small-town

I liked it. More of a novella length which made the task of fitting everything in quite a task for the author. She finds a body and the detective brushes her off when she suggests murder. Then the Medical Examiner weighs in. Not deathless prose but a nice cozy to keep me company while doing household tasks.
Jennifer M. Dixon seemed to be an interested narrator but with allergies making her voice a bit nasal and my midwestern self needed to listen at 1.2 speed (not a complaint).

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Disappointing

Can't say this book is interesting or even atmospheric. Lighthouses and cosy mysteries - what's not to love? Put together, this could have resulted in a great experience. However, this mystery is not cosy at all. And the lighthouse is only mentioned a few times, plays no role in the story and provides no ambience whatsoever. The beautiful cover of the book turns out to be the best of it.

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Tea and scones

I am sorry I cannot rate this book and performance better than I have but in all candor it seemed that the more I tried to like this book the worse it grew on my mind. The characters all seemed to be cut from the same cloth as there speech varied little from one character to another. This was difficult to listen to. I do not think that either read or listen to another book in this series. Although I love lighthouses and seascapes this text could have been written about a field in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzTVBPyq4Dw the middle of the English countryside.

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Not bad characters but just came to a conclusion o

Ok characters but ending a bit of a leg down...still I liked main character may get second in the series of there is one....but it needs to be a better story line

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  • 04-25-18

Good story poor narration

this would have been much better without the narrators monotonous voice. no depth or alitteration throughout in fact she sounded bored and emphasis was all wrong. shame because good plot and interesting characters. hope she doesn't do anymore!!

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  • K E Webb
  • 01-12-18

Disappointing

It started well , characters seemed likeable . The mystery murder too seemed interesting . However it petered out toward the finish and the solution seemed rushed and rather flat .

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  • Larraine
  • 08-06-19

Certainly shouldn’t be compared to the Great Agatha Christie.

Picked this author because audible was pushing this book recommending it to be in a great similar vain as an Agatha Christie mystery. Nothing like and very disappointing.

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  • Rex Phare
  • 08-30-18

Mills and Boon read by Hyacinth Bucket !

Narrated by a Mrs Bouquet soundalike poor plot, poor delivery, full of clichés. Oh Dear!

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  • Renka
  • 04-09-19

Dreadful narration

This might be an interesting story but I lost interest by chapter 2 due to the awful o otonous voi e of the narrator. Her drawling , nasal , disinterested voice grates on the ears. A reasonable le story spoilt. Book returned.

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  • bracken
  • 06-24-18

Newby

New to audible and wasn't sure what to expect.
However pleasantly surprised. Book was as expected and now will use it more. Great way to listen to books as can carry on cooking/gardening/dreaded housework, enjoying one of my favourite hobbies reading.
Great way to combine the good and the bad.
Thanks Audible for providing the perfect balance without me feeling guilty.
Bracken

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  • Celia 22
  • 09-01-22

Couldn’t finish it - narration is dreadful.

Couldn’t listen to much of it. The narrator is dreadful.
Not quite sure what makes her voice so hard to listen to but it is.
Had to give up so no idea what the story was like.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-27-22

Awful narration

This was a good enough story, but ruined by a robotic narration. The narrator sounded bored and disinterested. There was a lack of definition between characters and no emotion portrayed. Sadly there was no enjoyment in listening to this audiobook.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 01-21-22

Shame about the narrator

Wonderful story set in Somerset.
Such a shame it was let down by the narrator drool, she made Max out to be awful.
Such a shame.

Now if I wish to listen to the other stories I have to torture myself with terrible narration but I probably will as I really enjoy the storyline.
Onto Book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-21

Good book,

I loved the book but did find the narrators voice a little annoying to listen to