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Publisher's Summary

England, 1924. Lady Adelaide Compton has recently (and satisfactorily) interred her husband, Major Rupert Charles Cressleigh Compton, hero of the Somme, in the family vault in the village churchyard.

Rupert died by smashing his Hispano-Suiza on a Cotswold country road while carrying a French mademoiselle in the passenger seat. With the house now Addie's, needed improvements in hand, and a weekend house party underway, how inconvenient of Rupert to turn up - not in the flesh, but as a spirit! Rupert has to perform a few good deeds before becoming welcomed to heaven - or, more likely, Addie thinks, to hell.

Before Addie can convince herself she hasn’t completely lost her mind, a murder disrupts her careful seating arrangement. Which of her 12 houseguests is a killer? Her mother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Broughton? Her sister, Cecilia, the born-again vegetarian? Her childhood friend and potential lover, Lord Lucas Waring? One of the others? Rupert has a solid alibi as a ghost and now an urge to investigate.

Enter Inspector Devenand Hunter from the Yard, an Anglo-Indian who is not going to let some barmy society beauty, witnessed talking to herself, derail his investigation. Something very peculiar is afoot at Compton Court, and he's going to get to the bottom of it - or go as mad as its mistress trying.

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Fresh New Voice For Me..Very Good

This was a new writer for my burgeoning audible library ,.. at having
nearly 800 books to date , I feel I’m fairly qualified to say it was very good ,.. AND had me laughing out loud. Great combo.

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very enjoyable

I greatly enjoyed this book. it was easy to listen to. entertaining. a nice afternoon listen.

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Tedious and Trite

All characters think and speak in cliches. Individuals, as such, are pale versions of stock parodies. Boring.

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Not what I expected

I bought this expecting a sort of Blithe Spirit romp, but the ghost is barely in it. When he does he appear he' is dull. The rest consists of the typical country house party murder but none of the characters is interesting. I returned it.

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Ok but a bit slow

I enjoyed the first half of the book and there were a few things it had me chuckling to myself. I agree with the reviews that the narrator didn’t do much to distinguish between the characters. They all sounded the same to me. However, the plot started to drag so I skipped to the end half way through. I figured whodunit so wasn’t surprised. I’ll give the next book a shot and see if it gets better.

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Enjoyable

Just what I wanted to hear. There are a lot of books in this genre and it can be hit or miss, this is a hit.

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  • 03-29-22

very good

Well-written and a good mystery. The narration is excellent. Ready to start on the second in the series.

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Annoying ghost!

I absolutely could not make it through this book--I was not prepared for the annoying ghost which would cause the protagonist to repeat to her guests ad nauseum that she "talked to myself". The characters did nothing to distinguish themselves, and left me not caring if they lived or died or who killed the woman in the barn. I have listened to more than 300 audio books over the years and this one is right up there with a particularly unfortunate reading of Sinclair's the Jungle, which my kids listened to (required summer reading) on a road trip. And that's saying something because it was 20 years ago and we still laugh about how bad it was.

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Too much fun!

infidelity, cozy-mystery, British-detective, amateur-sleuth, murder-investigation, ghosts, situational-humor, verbal-humor, Cotswolds, house-party, closed-circle-mystery*****
Read 2 times. Last read September 6, 2022.

Even better than Cosmo Topper! It's 1924 and Addie is a widow of six months and of a titled and wealthy family. Said husband was brave in the Great War, but it became obvious that he was a real bounder even before that. Now he returns as a ghost just as two very separate people have been murdered on the estate while Addie is having a quiet weekend gathering to keep away the boredom. What a mess! When the local constabulary raises hackles, the Yard sends nice guy DI Hunter and he is endlessly becoming aware of her habit of talking to herself. Or something.
The characters are all a bit wacky and not just from the hot weather, the sleuthing gets infinitely complicated, and there is even a man who identifies as a psychic! Outstanding fun read!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley in October 2018.
Well, it's 4 YEARS later and I found the audio on sale and reread it as narrated by Gemma Dawson. Worth every penny!

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ho hum

I've never written a novel, but I can appreciate the sweat and tears that go into writing one. That is why I don't like leaving medicore reviews, but I do appreciate honest reviews so that I don't waste money. I purchased the audio version of this book. It was very confusing distinguishing each of the characters, and I think that was bc there was nothing distinctive about them. There wasn't one character that stood out. I like wit, banter, quirkiness and there was none of that. To explain how bland it was, even the main character admitted no one had a motive for the killing. Usually there are several characters with compelling motives, and the reader has to suss out the villain. I like the narrator's voice, and I think she did well with what she had to work with.

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  • 12-14-20

Light Hearted

Easy on the ear, you know who did it, early on. Only draw back those irritating wrong things for that era, like pumps instead of shoes/flats, thank goodness at least this writer hadn't put a sink instead if a basin in a bathroom of lavatory. The mispronounced Cannes which she pronounced Carne and Perchant she pronounced Pension.

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  • westbournereader
  • 11-21-20

Good plot but terrible narrator

I enjoyed this story very much but as an audiobook the poor narration kept on throwing me out. The gabbling pace and repeat mispronunciations threw me out of the plot multiple times. It’s a shame but I’d read the book in preference. If you like this style try the Ashley Weavers instead.

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  • mumasu
  • 11-10-20

Great Story, Terrible Narration

I have listened to two of these books now and will listen to the third as the stories are cosily great but the narration is awful. There is inconsistency within the characterisations and some words (not names) are just mis-pronounced.

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  • 08-06-22

Easy listen but narration not the best

The story is ok but I'm afraid it suffers from the problem I have seen with other authors from the USA who write historical books based in upper class English houses. The phrase "he was only a few meters away" springs to mind, Yards and feet surely. As for the narration, it seems strange that an actor reads without pausing at such things as full stops. There were times I stopped playback just to give my ears a rest. I even tried playing it at .9 speed but that didn't work.
I will try the next book because I think I am used to the writing and I think I can out these thing to the back of my mind.

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  • Claire
  • 08-10-21

Loved it!

'Nobody's Sweetheart Now' by Maggie Robinson

Genre: Cosy Murder Mystery


About the book: Set in the 1920's, Lady Adelaide Compton has recently become a widow. She now owns the entire estate, she starts to renovate and organises a party at her home. Yet, she starts to think she is going crazy when she sees her husband again and two murders occur at her party. 


My Review: Highly entertaining! I was hooked from the start, always wanting to know more about the mystery. The protagonist (Lady A) is very likable; caring, confident, elegant and somewhat snooty. This is a novel with a powerful female lead throughout. Her 'dead' husband is the sort of character you love to hate. Maggie has done an excellent job of making him a charmer with a womanising past. 

I definitely felt I was in the 1920's. The author painted the picture brilliantly and showed the major divide in the social classes. 

There is a great balance of show and tell. There is no over description, which makes the pace great. 


I could not always tell between dialogue and internal thought. In addition I could not always keep up with the amount of characters. 


Triggers - Murder and Martial affairs. 


This is a great easy read and I am looking forward to reading all the Lady Adelaide series. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys cosy Murder Mysterious. 

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  • Christine Hargreaves
  • 06-02-21

A touch of gentility

Agatha v Randall and Hopkirk, so refreshing and a lovely story mixed with murder suspense and intrigue. Thoroughly modern thinking in a time of post war frivolity.

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  • M. Andersen
  • 01-24-21

Great fun !!

Such a lot of really funny episodes and a good story line. The ghost almost stopped me ordering this book but it's been a great light listen. Am going to start the next in the series and hope the main characters, including the ghost returns.

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  • Nicchia Schutt-Toleman
  • 10-29-21

A great find

Well written, well narrated, and several laugh out loud moments. I would definitely recommend this book and this series

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