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Audiobook Reviews: Death in the English Countryside
Author: Sara Rosett
Narrator: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x
Series: Murder on Location #1
Source: Tantor Audio
This new series, Murder on Location seems to revolve around Kate, a location scout. I was able to relate easily to her professional type ‘A’ personality. She is intelligent but also compassionate, as well as an avid Jane Austin fan. When her boss doesn’t return from a location scouting trip in England for a massive Jane Austin movie project, she becomes concerned. In order to be discreet, Kate heads over to England to quietly find and bring Kevin back quickly so they don’t lose this huge potential project. Only instead of finding him passed out somewhere, she finds him dead in the country. With the assistance of Alex, the local location scout working with Kevin, Kate retraces Kevin’s steps in order to find out what happened to him.
The murder was fairly obvious, though with the planting of several red herrings, it was difficult for me to be certain who the culprit was. What I found the most fascinating was the eventual discovery of the motive behind the murder. It was very straight-forward, once all the pieces of the puzzle were assembled. The instant attraction between Kate and Alex was a delightful elephant in the room during the story. I really enjoyed the slow-burn romance that was beginning in this novel. Though at times Kate thought Alex could have been the guilty party – it was fun to watch her discover his innocence (and his observation of his alleged guilt).
This was a short and sweet mystery and very relaxing to listen to while bumming around the house. Ms. Mollo-Christensen’s narration felt very subdued, but after a couple chapters, it truly suited Kate’s personality. Though her voices did not vary as well between characters, I did enjoy her performance without too many confusing moments.
I liked this new novel and enjoyed the premise of this new cozy mystery series. Hopefully I can listen to the next installment with the same narrator and find myself lost in another beautiful location. If you enjoy a picturesque setting within a cozy murder mystery, you might want to try Death in the English Countryside.
Review copy provided by Tantor Audio.
About the Book:
Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado, Kate Sharp, is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss, Kevin, fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Afraid that Kevin has slipped back into some destructive personal habits he struggles with, Kate travels to England to salvage Kevin’s and the company’s reputation before word gets out that he is missing.
Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of Kevin except his abandoned luggage. Even the rumpled, easygoing local scout they consulted, Alex, doesn’t know where Kevin might be.
Increasingly worried about Kevin and with an antsy director waiting for updates about the preproduction details, Kate embarks on a search that includes a pub-crawl and cozy cottages as well as stately country manors. But Kevin remains missing, and she begins to suspect that the picturesque village and beautiful countryside may not be as idyllic as they seem.