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The Norfolk Mystery (County Guides Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ian Sansom
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Witness Impulse (23 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062320815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062320810
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery 19 Mar 2014
By Miss E.
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this for my friends birthday and she loved it. She is an avid murder mystery reader and wanted to know straight away whether it was a series so she could read more! It is a series. She said it reminded her of Agatha Christie if that helps?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mystery with Quirky Characters 23 Dec 2013
By Barbara J. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Subtitled "A County Guides Mystery," this e-book is one of HarperCollins new Witness Impulse imprint. I will be trying several titles from this imprint in the next few weeks, hoping that the books will be good reads. This is a good start.

The story begins in London in the 1930s and then moves to Blakeney, a village in Norfolk County. Stephen Sefton, our narrator, has been hired as an assistant to famous author Swanton Morley. Sefton has no particular background for the position since he neglected his education, drifted, flirted with Communism when he thought he should do something serious, went off to Spain to fight in the civil war, came home disillusioned, and drifted again. He is penniless and has no prospects when he answers Morley's ad in the paper. This will change his life.

Swanton Morley is a pompous bore who talks nonstop whether anyone is interested or not. He's also loud so no one can avoid hearing his sometimes controversial views, but he is oblivious to any objection. His daughter, Miriam, has a small role in the story but since she is her father's exact opposite, she provides comic relief.

Morley has decided his next project, after countless books on various topics, will be a set pf guides to all the counties in England. To research the series, he and Sefton, along with Miriam on occasion, will travel to all the counties. They set off in Morley's car with his portable desk surrounding him, on which a typewriter is secured. He talks and types, and makes me tired. I just couldn't stand him at first, but eventually I was caught up in the story and could see the subtle humor in his stream of conscientiousness.

I like Sefton. He provides the common sense as well as the compassion Morley lacks. There are photographs throughout the book, taken apparently in the 1930s. The mystery doesn't begin until the 28% mark when they find the body of a Church of England minister hanging in his church. At that point the story takes off and more interesting characters are introduced. This isn't the greatest mystery in the world, but it is witty and a good read.

Source: Witness Impulse Imprint, HarperCollins
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shoot in here amongst us. One of us has got to have some relief 8 April 2014
By Pink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sorry Mr. Sansom but this was the most tedious book. You're apparently way smarter than the average bear. This book bored me out of my gourd. There were just parts of the book that made no sense to me what so ever. I thought I would never get to the end and when I did it wasn't really a mystery after all. The characters were not likeable and I didn't want to spend any time with them. If I start a book I've got to finish it but OMG. I wanted to tape and gag one character and smack the other. I was never so glad to end a book, ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fine mystery 9 Feb 2014
By Lani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I completely enjoyed this romp in the English countryside, meeting up with a mystery death. The characters: Morley an eccentric journalist who knows all about everything and tells it all to the atmosphere. His newly hired assistant, Stephen Sefton assumes his position, midst Morley's well executed schedule for the day. Miriam is Morley's daughter, a fun-loving, party, fashionable young woman who drives her father's classic roadsters as fast as they will go.

This author's style moves the plot with amusing and interest provoking dialogue. This was a fun read that brightened a week,of heavy, intense week of research.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and amusing mystery that is also a guidebook to Norfolk 7 Jan 2014
By cclw - Published on Amazon.com
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An enjoyable book with delightful erudition (i.e.., quotations, allusions). The characters are eccentric and a pleasure to get to know.

It is extremely well written and has an unusual mystery that unfolds in an unusual way.

Recommended for readers who enjoy mysteries set in England.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too long to get to some point 6 May 2014
By TPM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This wasn't my type of book. I'm not even sure what type of book it was. I was expecting a mystery story, but by the end of several chapters I found no mystery - only a set of ridiculous characters touring the English countryside. I gave up and did not finish the book....I hope the loss was all mine.
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