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    Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself.

    Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

    However, Frey's new boss, Detective Nine-Nails McGray, actually believes in such nonsense.

    McGray's tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next...

    ©2015 Oscar de Muriel (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    • Walrus Rex
    • 27/02/2015

    Devil Music

    What made the experience of listening to The Strings of Murder the most enjoyable?

    I have been bingeing on late Victorian murder mysteries lately. This weeks example is Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel. This story concerns disgraced young aristocratic investigator Ian Frey who is assigned to semi-barbarian Edinburgh to investigate the politically sensitive murder of a violin virtuoso. Frey is a bit of an a-hole of the snob variety given to snide comments. He is assigned to work not only with but under Inspector McGray, also an a-hole but of the thug variety given to responding to perceived insults with physical assaults. Worse, McGray is the head of an X Files like department and the clear demonic signs of the instant murder allow him free reign to his superstition, much to the annoyance of Frey. I was a music major as an undergrad and one thing that attracted me to this book is the musical connection. It seems a cursed violin may be responsible for a number of grisly death, the very violin that that Tartini (in real life) used to compose, or more accurately, to transcribe the Devil's Trill Sonata composed by the Devil himself in Tartini's dream and then owned by Paganini who (in real life) was alleged to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his virtuosity. Together they work to solve a grisly locked room murder.

    What three words best describe Andy Secombe’s voice?

    A little heavy on the Scottish accent, made it a little difficult to understand for a hick from the sticks such as yours truly.

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    • Ana
    • 27/02/2015

    Captivating

    Had to get past the over the top speech patterns but after a but you get to enjoy the characters

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    • mary
    • 08/04/2015

    A good story

    I enjoyed this audiobook. The characters are interesting. The diversity between them excellent. The story line interesting. All this makes the plot hold together well. Andy Secombe does a good job with his narration. The accents are a bit strong for those not used to hearing them. It takes a bit to get your ears trained to understand them. I recommend this book especially for those who like Victorian Era mysteries.

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    • Rich Obrey
    • 20/03/2015

    Very enjoyable

    Enjoyed this title very much. Looked forward to riding in the car for the first time in a while. Great performance, hearing the accents really added to listening experience.

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    • Akia
    • 18/03/2015

    Good story and funny

    The narrator was my favorite part he did great accents and had great comic timing.
    I hope this becomes a series.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 11/11/2020

    Wonderful!

    This book was chosen for my book club for the month of October. I could not put it down!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08/10/2015

    Perfection!

    Narrator and story absolutely superb, I enjoyed every minute of it (for the third time now, it's that good). I especially appreciate the relationship between the two main and very different characters. I, for one, am tired of buying mysteries only to find them part romance novels. The Strings of Murder is a gem and I sincerely hope that Mr. De Muriel is busy on his next novel!

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    • Elizabeth
    • 03/06/2015

    What a treat!

    A murder mystery spiced with humor! I enjoyed the story and pace of the narration enormously. The narrator made the story and the humor quite vivid; I could put the book down. I hope to see more from both author and narrator.

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    • Jessica
    • 27/04/2015

    I am ready for the sequel!

    This book was so much fun! It had vivid and likable characters and a intriguing story. Andy Secombe truly brought life to the characters. I cannot wait for a sequel and please please Mr. Secombe narrate more books!

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    • Sabrina P.
    • 12/10/2019

    great series

    The Frey & McGray series is excellent and it gets better with each new title. It spoiled me for many other mystery series. There are great characters and the stories are interesting, unpredictable and thrilling - plus really good humour. And Andy Secombe's performance only enhances those parts. I can't wait for the next book, and the one after that and many more

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    • Martin
    • 24/07/2018

    Spannend und unterhaltsam

    Dies ist eine sehr gut geschriebenes und hervorragend gelesenes Buch.
    Die Charaktere sind sehr gut erzählt die Geschichte sehr spannend und trotz allem mit lustigen Elementen versehen.
    Absolut empfehlenswert!

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    • lois ring
    • 20/03/2018

    Gothic thriller with a sense of humour

    Auf welchen Platz würden Sie The Strings of Murder auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

    Hugely enjoyable. The story is engaging, the characters are well-developed and amusing and the murders are horribly gruesome. This Gothic murder mystery is brilliantly performed by Andy Secombe.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 26/04/2021

    not my taste

    I gave up after chapter 3. The lead character failed to come to life other than as an insufferable pseudo posh twat, with the accompanying players staying two dimensional caricatures of "bad ole times gone by". And the writing wasn't that good either. ("I got an urgent message, urging me...") sorry, not for me.

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    • Jessica
    • 31/10/2020

    Nice period crime story

    Decent period crime novel. Not the best detective duo story ever, as the characters still need to be flashed out further, but promising as a series nonetheless. Beware of the scottish accent, which makes the audiobook in my opinion but can be tricky. Good read for all those who enjoy Agatha Christy, Conan Doyle or the Akunin books.

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    • A. Schneider
    • 04/06/2020

    Herrlich viktorianisch düstere Krimireihe

    ... mit humoristischen Elementen. Exzellent vorgelesen von Andy Secombe. Man fühlt sich direkt ins Edinburgh der 1880er versetzt.

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    • Nik
    • 24/01/2020

    War O.K.

    Die Geschichte war spannend, aber in der Mitte etwas langsam. Ich fand das Ende ein bisschen zu schnell.

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    • Ralf Woyda
    • 24/11/2018

    fun to listen

    the speaker makes the story interesting. good crime story with a hint of goth. best part is when the Protagonist hit Edinburgh.

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    • lachralle
    • 07/11/2018

    Humorvoll und spannend

    und eine schöne Zurückversetzung in frühere Zeiten. Der englische Sprecher macht seine Sache sehr gut, der schottische Akzent ist zuerst aber sehr heftig, dann hat man sich reingehört. Von der Art zu lesen erinnert er mich an Christian Tramitz bei den Rita Falk Hörbüchern.

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    • M.F.
    • 03/12/2017

    superb

    Most excellent performance. a story full of suspense and humour, lined with a lot of humanity.