• These Names Make Clues

  • By: E. C.R. Lorac
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Chief Inspector Macdonald has been invited to a treasure hunt party at the house of the Graham Coombe, the celebrated publisher of Murder by Mesmerism. The clues of the hunt have been devised by Coombe's thriller-writer friends, disguised on the night under literary pseudonyms. The fun comes to an abrupt end, however, when 'Samuel Pepys' is found murdered in the telephone room in bizarre circumstances. Amidst the confusion of too many fake names and convoluted alibis, Macdonald and his allies in the CID must unravel a truly tangled case in this metafictional masterpiece from the beloved Golden Age author.

©1937, 2021 The Estate of Edith Caroline Rivett, Introduction Marting Edwards (P)2021 Soundings

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Loved this mystery set within a treasure hunt. Plenty of twists and turns even after the cause of death is revealed. Well performed by Thorpe. Highly recommended.

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Fun story.

It’s a pity the publisher had to inject a completely unnecessary apology because some parts of the story might not be politically correct today. It’s FICTIoN and I really think that if you can’t face an idea or a concept no matter how dated you are in very bad emotional condition and should take a good look at your personal deficiencies and do something effective about correcting them.
Otherwise this is a very good example of why these golden age stories are superior In quality of writing and imagination 80 years later.

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Wow!

Now that’s a murder mystery! Best in a long time. Going to get more of hers.

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Who is talking?

I found the narrator’s voice difficult to distinguish between male characters.

I think this book might do better in written form as it would be possible to keep the large cast of characters straight.

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  • Richard Irwin
  • 10-16-21

Better read than listened to.

Relies on too many written clues, anagrams, crosswords to make sense as an audible book.

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  • naomi
  • 04-27-22

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For reasons that are unclear to me the narrator has decided to scream talk from the point early in the book where the characters are just calmly talking clues. It's stressful to listen to.