• Murder at the Spring Ball

  • A 1920s Mystery (Lord Edgington Investigates, Book 1)
  • By: Benedict Brown
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (345 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A little music, a little dancing, a little murder at the spring ball.

England, 1925. After years shut away from the world, former detective Lord Edgington of Cranley Hall plans a grand ball to celebrate his 75th birthday. But when someone starts bumping off members of his scheming family, the old man enlists his teenage grandson to help find the killer before one of them is next. 

The mismatched duo must pick the culprit from a gaggle of preening playboys, scatter-brained spinsters, and irate inspectors in this Agatha-Christie-style whodunnit that will have you racing to spot the killer. With a cast of eccentric suspects (both upstairs and down) and an adorable golden retriever along for the ride, Murder at the Spring Ball is a warm-hearted murder mystery full of intrigue, humor, and adventure.

Narrated by George Blagden from the TV shows Vikings and Versailles and the Oscar-winning film Les Miserables.

©2021 Benedict Brown (P)2021 Benedict Brown

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Not that great

I don't understand all the stellar reviews for this title. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not fantastic. The main character is incredibly stupid throughout the whole thing, making obvious blunder after blunder and the "humor" is all based on him being publicly embarrassed because of these mistakes (which doesn't then stop him from making the next obvious one). It made me cringe throughout, though I kept listening in hopes it would get better. It didn't.

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Need the rest of the series on Audible!

Really enjoyed this mystery! I laughed out loud throughout. Looking forward to the rest of the series being released on Audible. Great narrator!!

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Lots of fun

I do love a good old English country house mystery, and this historical mystery, set in 1925, was lots of fun. I enjoyed getting to know the family, almost all of whom were suspects, particularly the Marquess of Edgington and his grandson Christopher. I did not figure out whodunnit, which is fine with me; nor did I entirely accept that whodunnit was believable. Still, I enjoyed it and likely will listen to more.

George Blagdon, who I had not encountered before, did a fine job narrating.

Even though this book was just published in March 2021, there are already five more books in the Lord Edgington Investigates series, along with one novella. The novella is free on the author's website, Benedict Brown's Readers' Club".

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Entertaining Cozy

I am giving this book five stars, not because the writing is brilliant, but it is a five star cozy. Normally, I do not care for precious children/teens/animals. The young man as narrator however works in this formula. I liked the characters and the story. Looking forward to more of this series on audible.

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A clever narrator helped this book a lot.

The narrator was really good with so my characters. I kept listening for him, but the story is intricate, but very dry.

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Delightful!

I think Christopher- not Chrissy!- might be my new favorite character. I am so happy I purchased this title, and am thrilled there is a second offering in the series. Hope for many more!
PS: Author Benedict Brown speaks briefly at the end of the recording, and I must say he sounds as likable as his protagonist!

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Fantastic read!

You will totally fall in love with this book. As soon As I finished it, I turned around to listen to it all over again. The characters are delightful, and the writing is truly descriptive enough to visualize the story with all of its elements. I loved the narration, too. This book was everything I was looking for. I can't wait until the next book out by this author.

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Great Story

Great story, great performance Please audible hurry with more. I look forward to the next book

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Murder at the Spring Ball

Excellent! I adore forays into other times and seldom enjoy books or movies set in the present day. Mr. Brown has created a family in my grandparents' day I enjoy visiting with! Bravo! This is a great book with lovable characters and a great mystery. I know I will enjoy visiting with them again!

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Mastery storytelling

Listening and feeling like I was in every scene. I'll listen whenever I'm in a cozy mood for solving mysteries

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  • K E Webb
  • 01-16-22

Very Enjoyable

Different , engaging and clever . That’s my verdict anyway . Not as predictable as I thought it would be and I hadn’t guessed the villain .
Characters interesting , twists plenty and humour too !
Looking forward to next instalment .

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  • LYNNE
  • 02-15-22

Boring

I have had a number of boring books over the years but this one takes the biscuit

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  • Carôle
  • 01-17-22

Really well put together!

I have a confession:

I started reading a Christmas story of Lord E, and didn’t like it - I gave up after chapter 14 (I think). It was said that one need not have pre-read any of the series to enjoy the Christmas tale, but that turned out to be untrue. Now that I have read (& heartily enjoyed), this tale and discovered the personalities, I shall revisit that book. But…

I may actually wait until it comes out as an audiobook. I truly believe that 90% of my enjoyment of this book is the superb narration by George Blagden! The characters absolutely come to life under his skill and Great Aunt Clementine’s awful singing could not have been bettered! His narration made a lot more of the text than I believe my imagination would have done. Lord E has more vigour in him, than I bestowed on him in the Christmas tale.

The story was also engaging and enjoyable. With a good amount of credible alibis and no red herrings! There weren’t any characters whom one would immediately dislike (not really), of the kind who grate on one…

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I do hope that the next one is released very soon - followed immediately by the next.

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  • baldheadedb
  • 01-14-22

Next please!!

Can't wait for future books in this series. A must hear book which had me gripped from start to finish. An excellent narrator capturing all the characters perfectly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-19-21

Great fun

A wonderful new series that leaves you wanting more.
I am ready for the next book. The characters are rich and varied. A good story line. Great to read on a winter's day by a cosy fire.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-22

Very poor narration.

Terrible story line but the narrative voice was so forced that it was like listening to amateur dramatics at primary school. The forced posh voice was really badly acted.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 09-01-22

Murder at the Spring Ball

A lovely murder mystery, where a retired grandfather detective, helped by his grandson solve the murder of his children. Read brilliantly by George Blagden.

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  • Annemiek
  • 08-15-22

Not for me

I didn't finish, because the main character kept annoying me. Kudos to Mr Brown for writing such a convincing teenager who hero worships his grandfather and has all the blind spots that come with being 16, but that isn't for me.
The performance itself was lovely, but the narrator was too old to be a convincing 16-year old, so it kept surprising me when he talked about going to school and so on, taking me out of the story entirely.

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  • Mrs.
  • 04-28-22

Tedious

I listened all the way through this book waiting for it to pick up speed and it didn't. So I know I won't get my money back if I try. The protagonist is like a poor version of Adrian Mole dropped into one of the drearier P G Woodhouse stories.

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  • An extremely satisfied customer
  • 04-17-22

Very enjoyable

Oh how I am enjoying this Audi Book, can't wait to listen to the others. Not even halfway through and couldn't wait until the end to review it. Please keep writing more. I don't think I have heard a more perfect performance as this, brilliant narration, could have sworn I was listening to a radio play with a multitude of actors. Thank you Audible for includiing this in my library.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

Inconsistent characters

I’m not writing off the author or the series - It’s a first in a series, so it may be the author is still getting the feel of the characters. But there were some jarring character inconsistencies that felt like they were acting at certain times only for the author to get a laugh from the reader. For example, we hear that Chrissie’s mum is a kind and thoughtful soul, yet she can’t think of something nice to say about her own son in the first few chapters.

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