• The Corfe Castle Murders

  • Dorset Crime, Book 1
  • By: Rachel McLean
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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The Corfe Castle Murders

By: Rachel McLean
Narrated by: Jan Cramer
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Publisher's Summary

Kindle Storyteller Award winner 2021

Meet DCI Lesley Clarke. She’s a straight-talking city copper who doesn’t suffer fools gladly…and she’s been transferred to rural Dorset.

After being injured in a bomb attack, Lesley is presented with a choice - early retirement, or a period of respite in a calmer location.

But things don’t stay calm for long.

Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley is dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle.

Lesley must hit the ground running. Can she get along with her new partner, DS Dennis Frampton, a traditionalist who doesn’t appreciate her style? How will she navigate the politics of a smaller force where she’s a bigger, and less welcome, fish? And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again?

The Corfe Castle Murders is a compelling, character-driven mystery perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross, and Elly Griffiths.

©2021 Rachel McLean (P)2021 Rachel McLean

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Jan Cramer led me to another win!

I'll admit I only chose this book because of its narrator. I'm now a fan of the series! I can't wait for book 2!

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Enjoyed this story and the narration

I enjoyed getting to know DCI Lesley Carter. I liked her sharp mind and sharp tongue. She was able to manage a lot while dealing with her personal life and sexist colleagues. I also really enjoyed the narration. It’s the same narrator for Angela Marson’s Kim Stone series and I love her voices in those and she brought that same snarky sass to this one. I’m looking forward to reading/listening to the others in the series.

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  • pti
  • 11-26-21

Really good listen

Can’t wait to listen to the next book! The relationship between the DCI and DS was brilliant - made me laugh out loud at times. The narrator really brought the characters to life.

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  • Marjory
  • 12-31-21

narration dreadful

I have given up on chapter 7. I never like Jan Cramers whiney slow voice but if it is a good story I put up with it. I believe this would be a good story but the poor attempt at a Scottish accent made me cringe and I could no longer listen to her. Jan Cramer should be ashamed of such a diabolical effort and stick to accents she can do.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 01-12-22

Really Enjoyed this!

This is my first book by Rachel McLean but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will definitely listen to more in this series, when available, and also listen to her related series, about this main character's old colleagues.
I saw that a few other reviewers had objected to the Narrator, but I had no problem with her at all, and thought she did an excellent job of the characterisation.

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  • Mrs
  • 12-16-21

Character building !

Excellent chara,racterisation,good story but would have liked a few twists the plot built nicely and was easy to follow.I'll definitely be listening to another


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  • Heather K.
  • 02-11-22

Easy listening enjoyment

I really enjoyed this. I really like Jan Cramer as a narrator, it's a simple enough story, easy to listen to and I like Lesley's character and look forward to reading more. It's a nice Segway from the Zoe Finch books.

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  • Hannah93
  • 01-03-22

loved this book

Read the zoe finch series first then this one. keeps going and going. the writer knows how to keep you hooked and the characters flow. the little surprise of dci Clarke at the end was fab too!

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  • Lesley Baden
  • 08-07-22

Awful

Simply awful. Gave up after half an hour. consider it very badly written. The reader not great either.

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  • j
  • 03-03-22

a good fun tale

It's a really enjoyable story. I read a review that was very brutal about the narration. but there are lots of characters to do voices for, so I can forgive the odd incorrect twang every now and again. I would say worth the listen

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  • Karen S.
  • 02-22-22

Absolute cracking book

Anything with Jan Cramer narrating you know will be a cracking book .. And after following all the Zoe Finch books , it’s been nice to carry on .
Fab storyline .. highly recommend

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  • Karen J
  • 11-20-22

Disappointing

Persevered in the hope that it might get better, it didn't....just glad its finished now!

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  • Sue Casey
  • 03-22-22

1st time new author

This is my 1st time with a novel by Rachel McLean.
I will be getting the rest in series, I totally enjoyed my listening

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  • Sandra
  • 06-02-22

Can’t

Can’t listen to another book with this narrator. The story was okay but the way it is read just ruined it for me. The emphasis in the sentences and in the voices was all in the wrong places to my thinking, and the tone too “sing-song” for an adult book. Perhaps the style is more suited to children’s literature. I did manage to finish this book, because I was interested to hear the story ending, but I found it difficult to focus on it and it was a little too torturous for me to try the next in this series. My apologies, Jan. I love your writing though, Rachel.