• The Body in the Dales

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1,039 ratings)

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By: J. R. Ellis
Narrated by: Michael Page
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Publisher's Summary

An unpopular victim. An impossible crime. A murderer on the loose.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Body in Jingling Pot, this edition of The Body in the Dales includes editorial revisions.

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London.

The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

Oldroyd and his team try to uncover the truth, but every answer unearths a new set of questions. And as secrets and lies are exposed within the close-knit community, the mystery becomes deeper, darker and more complex than the caves below.

©2017, 2018 J. R. Ellis (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fresh approach; great narration

I enjoyed this book enough to have ordered the 2nd in the series and plan to pre-order book three.

Author does splendid job developing the lead characters with quick efficiency. Narrator was superb.

This was a fun police procedural that introduces you to the limestone caves of Yorkshire. Police team is likeable and
collateral characters interesting.

Highly recommended,

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Marvelous

This a wonderful novel. The mystery is intriguing. The characters are authentic. The plot moves at a good pace. The narration is excellent. I really enjoyed this mystery. These books would make a great tv series.

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A trip to The dales

Loved the descriptions and character development. No serial killers, psychopaths or unreliable narrators. Just a good old fashioned mystery with lots of clues as well as some dead ends.

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Painful, unfortunately

Wow I didn’t like this book. I could not finish it. The narration was grating, actually painful, even when I played it from the speaker, not earphones. The narrator used loud, gravelly, gargling sounds. I tried, but I realized I was dreading those voices! And the writing was just bad. Every point was explained to the reader, as we are assumed to be unable to determine what a clue means for ourselves. I had such high hopes and am disappointed.

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I hope the series improves

This was interesting enough. I have been reading a lot of UK country copper stories. The story was good but I felt the character of Andy Carter was very undeveloped. The DI was probably the best developed of all the cast of characters.

Andy's budding romance seemed to sprout up overnight. That seemed odd.

The descriptions of the potholes and the cave explorers were very interesting.

The narrator of the audiobook did a good job with the Yorkshire accents (at least to my uneducated ear) but he needs to work on his female voices.

I'll keep reading. First books in a series aren't always the best.

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A Bit Overdone

An interesting setting and a good narrator. However, the author seemed to think it was necessary to carefully explain the motivations, feelings and back story of every character - instead of letting the dialogue and action speak for itself.

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Glad I found this series

Nice British mystery. Classic style, can be heard by all ages, nothing offensive. Interesting characters, already purchased the next two.

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Well at least it was free...

I got this one from Amazon Unlimited, so at least I am not out the credit.

This was terrible. The narration was a hot mess. Character voices were inconsistent and so similar it was hard to track who was talking. The heavily accented voices were labored and very difficult to understand.

The writing was pedestrian. It wasn't, story-wise, the worst mystery I've ever encountered, but that is about the best I can say about it. The characters are flat and too many stereotypes. The plot was run of the mill.

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Good novel with great narration!

I'm a fan of the work of narrator Michael Page. It is amazing that a man with such a deep voice can do a nice job with the voices of female characters.

I'm also a fan of the "on the Fens" series of by Joy Ellis. THE BODY IN THE DALES, first novel of the series, deals with crime in the far north of England in county Yorkshire. The author is JR Ellis. Later novels in this Yorkshire Murder Mystery series are more highly rated than this one. The topic of this novel is the caves of Yorkshire and a murdered man found there. It is a good police procedural. I plan to listen to at least one more novel in this modern detective series.

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Painful

This book has more cliches than I have every had to deal with in one novel. The character descriptions and actions constantly contradict one another. Much too painful to finish..................

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  • Gill
  • 09-05-18

A Review From Yorkshire

This is a classic murder story in Agatha Christie style and follows the usual storyline. Never the less even though it was predictable the story works.
However the writing lacks sophistication. Sentences are often clunky and need rewriting and the sudden insert of swearing and crude language from time to time is stark and out of place with this gentle stroll through the Dales.
Finally as a Yorkshire girl, some of the accents were too board and pronunciation just wrong. It was often difficult to tell one character from another. The incomer from London often has a local accent!

So who would enjoy this? Not your maiden aunt or your young daughter. Not the office girl wanting a bit of action. Probably not any man. So perhaps a female middle aged murder mystery fan who can stand a bit of crudity.

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  • tabitha
  • 08-16-18

Rubbish accent

It might have been better to get someone who could actually do a Yorkshire accent!
Cringeworthy

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  • mary Tunley
  • 08-13-18

Listen to sample before buying

I didn’t like the narrator but the story was ok
Don’t think I will get the next book

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  • P1977
  • 08-10-18

Hilariously bad

This is a funny audiobook, although I don’t think it’s meant to be. Not only is this typical of the Joy Ellis potboiler genre but the narration is screamingly funny, especially the Craven character. A very silly story with some very poor implied judgements about the reader’s level of intelligence.

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  • Will Emslie
  • 09-12-18

It wor passable

The narration is dreadful. Aside from the teller's inability to imitate a Yorkshire accent (n'er mind dialect, like) -- and pronouncing the town of Keighley "Keeley" is a mortal sin in us parts -- he renders every male voice in a rasping asperate state that sounds lyrengetic; and every female one sounds like a camp drag queen. I will never again entertain Mr Page as a narrator.

This isn't bad for a first novel. It's an entertaining crime mystery with scant originality. My enjoyment was enhanced by my own love of the Harrogate area and the dales; were it not for that, I doubt I would have made it to the end, though.

I believe J R Ellis shows promise and I will seek out his future work. I'll opt for the Kindle versions in future.

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  • Donna L.
  • 09-03-18

What a terrible narrator!

This was a lesson in checking my library against the narrators name before buying. I have bought a few read by this performer and struggled my way through all of them....this was a step too far.

As a Lancastrian I felt deeply for anyone from Yorkshire having to listen to the appalling Yorkshire accents affected by this narrator. The doom laden delivery (making "would you like a cup tea" sound like the reading of a death warrant) and the ridiculous attempt at Yorkshire dialects (there are more than one!!) completely ruined this book.

It's time that Audible considered allowing subscribers to have 3 "returns" in a year. It would compensate for the producers of some books failing to tell their performers that they are not up to the job! I should add that I am not often moved to post a review but have done so twice in as many weeks. Both reviews have centred on the same issue - terrible narration and accents.

Oh and.....even the best of narration could not have rescued this book from being average at best.

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  • Mrs. Helen M. Herbert
  • 08-26-18

Storyline spoilt by poor performance.

As a Yorkshire woman I was very disappointedly by this presentation.
The storyline of this book is good but several glaring inaccuracies put me off right from the start. Harrogate is not and has never been in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It has always been policed by North Yorkshire Police not West Yorkshire. The readers reading of dialect is appalling and all the characters speak with the same gravelly voice. I have listened to many Audible presentations but this is the worst one yet.

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  • eileen regan
  • 09-01-18

appaling narration

Dated stereotypes and really irritating narration. One dimensional characters lacking credibility. I struggle to comprehend how works like this get published.

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  • Miss A.
  • 11-13-18

Okish

Found the narrator confusing. THE yorkshire detective had a sort of growl, eventually everyone had it even the London sergeant. and girlfriend it irritated me.

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  • rilenka
  • 04-04-19

I’m not a child

Having been told by the author through the Yorkshire detective in the story that the people who go down potholes are pot-holers and the new detective from the South being patronised and spoken to as if of limited intelligence and by default the listener and then the description at some length of skimming of a stone, I found my desire to listen to any more disappearing. I’m an adult and I’m capable of understanding quite difficult concepts. Returned the book

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  • Hannah
  • 08-20-18

Boring

Felt more like reading a tourist brochure about Yorkshire than getting into a good gritty book. Had potential but was a just long winded and no suspense or anything. Really didn’t enjoy it.

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  • Margaret
  • 09-24-22

Couldn’t finish this book

The narrator’s voice was awful i found it very unpleasant to listen to only listened to the first two chapters

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 01-09-22

Pretty awful

One of the things I find difficult to swallow in this story is Michael Pages narration it’s old fashioned and the voices are too much to cope with.
This isn’t very good.

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  • lynda Hocking
  • 12-18-21

Not a great storyline

The narrator was very hard to listen to could not distinguish from many of the characters he was trying to portray

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  • Janine Jaede
  • 06-10-20

Entertaining

Entertaining story. It was fairly predictable though. Narration OK but I had trouble discerning which character was talking at times.

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  • Eileen Tyshing
  • 12-08-19

not recommended

I struggled to finish this one, found the narrator boring, and story the same. Disappointing.

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  • cozy lover
  • 09-28-19

Great Atmosphere

Excellent characters brought to life by a very talented narrator. the story transports you to the Yorkshire Dales and you experience every moment as if you were there.
Good mystery, keeps you guessing. Highly recommended.

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  • Judith Butler
  • 09-03-19

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Story wasn’t too bad but the narrator voice grated it was hard to listen too.
I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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  • Kylie
  • 07-07-19

A boring disappointment

The characters were boring and quite unlikable
The story was unnecessarily long and flat. It could have got to the point so much quicker as there was nothing much really happening for 3/4 of it. If I could give it a 0 I would.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 06-09-19

Caving disaster



The murder of an unlikeable character is always an interesting premise for a mystery. The connections across various community groups to this man helped to create many possible leads and suspects. Greed, get rich quick schemes and revenge all impact on the characters.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside and the addition of the dialect. The police team and their personal relationships gave the investigation an intimate quality.
I appreciated the descriptions of caving, but it didn’t make it anymore appealing to me. The danger in the activity was highlighted on a number of occasions.
The humour, usually directed towards the new DS from London, broke the tension that built up in the book. The performance of Michael Page and his use of different voices also added to this humour.