• Murder at the Ritz

  • By: Jim Eldridge
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Murder at the Ritz

By: Jim Eldridge
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Publisher's Summary

August, 1940. On the streets of London, locals watch with growing concern as German fighter planes plague the city’s skyline. But inside the famous Ritz Hotel, the cream of society continues to enjoy all the glamour and comfort that money can buy during wartime - until an anonymous man is discovered with his throat slashed open. 

Detective Chief Inspector Coburg is called in to investigate, ably assisted by his trusty colleague, Sergeant Lampson. With the crime committed in rooms in use by an exiled king and his retinue, there are those who fear diplomatic repercussions and would rather the case be forgotten. Coburg and Lampson must untangle a web of deception if they are to solve the case - and survive.

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Mixed feelings

The setting of WW II London isn't one of my favorites, but gave it a try as I'm fond of the author's Museum Mysteries series. Let's start with what I liked...

Detective Coburg was a likeable enough protagonist, as was the lead female character, Rosa. His assistant, Lampson, grew on me; at first I found the narrator's authentic accent for him a bit grating. The setting is well done, if it's your thing. Wasn't wild about the story itself, but I cut writers slack with the first book, as those are about settling up a series.

The plot itself involved gangsters, specifically extortionists, which I try to avoid whenever possible. Having strong libra and cancer influences on my astrology, bullies are a major downer for me (no Nazi-themed books or films either). That aside, by the time we came to the end, the resolution served as an anti-climax, partially from having trouble keeping the characters straight.

So, it really didn't work for me. I'd have to be bored, or need to use up expiring Audible credits, to consider paying for a sequel. However, I can understand if others really like the setting and characters. Verdict: Your Mileage May Vary.

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Great use of language.

I am totally in love with Kohlburg (sp). The way he quietly tied politicians in knots, his fierce protectiveness of not only Rosa, but also his sargeant. And how he stayed cool and calm on the outside while battling roiling emotions on the inside. All the characters were fleshed out. Good writing.

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Loved it!

The story was great, characters well developed and believable. Steeped in historical atmosphere an realism. The narrator did a wonderful job with the accents.

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  • Jen's books
  • 05-30-22

Only half a book

I bought the whole book with a credit. I was really enjoying it and getting into the story. Then it stopped playing. It only downloaded the first 7 chapters. Whatever i do i cant get it to download the rest of the book. Feel a bit cheated

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  • 01-01-22

Rather predictable and in places twee

Far too predictable.

Plot-lines not very original, side plots even more so, excruciating in places. Difficult to say more without giving too much away.

A pity as the general premise is potentially interesting.


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  • Graham Walton
  • 05-06-22

a wartime murder mystery

I've listened to the museum mysteries bynthe same author and loved those, so this was the next step. I really enjoyed the vocal characterisation by the narrator and the story was gripping and twisty turny. I'll definitely be listening to the next one.