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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • M.F.
  • 03/12/2017

superb

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

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  • Carola
  • 26/11/2016

Gute Geschichte, guter Sprecher

Geschichte und Sprecher finde ich sehr gut. Vor allem der schottische Akzent hat es mir sehr angetan. Was ich etwas irritierend fand ist die Tatsache, dass man zweimal in der Aufnahme meint, dass der Sprecher wechselt. Es scheint immer der Selbe zu sein, aber die Aufnahme ist wohl unterbrochen und wieder aufgenommen worden und anders eingestellt. Das unterbricht den Hörfluss ein bisschen.
Ansonsten kann ich das Hörbuch sehr empfehlen.