The Markenmore Mystery


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(4 stars; 30 reviews)

After seven years of silence, Guy Markenmore returns to his family home at Markenmore Court. Knowing his father Sir Anthony to be close to death, he is anxious to reassure his younger siblings that he will not make any claim to the family money even if he can't help inheriting the old man's title. Sir Anthony dies later that evening, but the question of the inheritance becomes academic when Guy is murdered whilst crossing the downs. It is now up to detective Blick to track down the person responsible for Sir Anthony’s death. - summary by Sharon Kilmer (9 hr 19 min)

Chapters

Two Wanderers Return 23:32 Read by Richard Kilmer
The Butler's Pantry 21:02 Read by Richard Kilmer
Grey Dawn 20:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
Markenmore Hollow 23:17 Read by Richard Kilmer
Denounced 21:51 Read by Richard Kilmer
The Coroner Sits 20:48 Read by Richard Kilmer
Mrs. Braxfield Supports 17:06 Read by Richard Kilmer
The Incriminating Letter 18:40 Read by Richard Kilmer
Midnight Meeting 20:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
The Ring and the Pipe 19:36 Read by Richard Kilmer
First Steps 24:25 Read by Richard Kilmer
The Dower House 22:50 Read by Richard Kilmer
William Peege 20:24 Read by Richard Kilmer
Gone 22:50 Read by Richard Kilmer
Was It Robbery 22:11 Read by Richard Kilmer
Family Matters 22:43 Read by Richard Kilmer
Too Late 24:22 Read by Richard Kilmer
Deep Lane 22:43 Read by Richard Kilmer
Under Pressure 24:17 Read by Sharon Kilmer
Village Gossip 25:00 Read by Sharon Kilmer
Arrest 24:11 Read by Sharon Kilmer
Mrs. Braxfield's Move 23:37 Read by Sharon Kilmer
The Professional Theory 23:49 Read by Sharon Kilmer
The Man Who Could Guess 23:03 Read by Sharon Kilmer
The Devil's Grip 26:44 Read by Sharon Kilmer

Reviews

Clueless Detectives


(2 stars)

The readers are good but the book, not so much. In the French translation of the this book the title is "Le chien de markenmore" very apt since without the dog the detective never would have solved the mystery.


(4 stars)

Good story. Entertaining and not romantic.

Stock characters, fussy plot, obtuse detective


(1 stars)

This was like a Hallmark mystery, but too long and ultimately the author seemed desperate for a resolution. Detective Sgt. Blick of Scotland Yard should have brought along Inspector Japp, as the sergeant seems to have no knowledge of forensics, which Scotland Yard was already famous for at that time, and he doesn't solve the case so much as fall into the solution, almost literally. Combined with an excessive number of one-dimensional stock characters, and an awkward attempt at countrified dialect. it makes for a heavy slog. For "murder in the manor" set in a quiet village, stick with Agatha Christie.