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  • The Augusta Peel Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Emily Organ
  • Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Death in Soho

By: Emily Organ
Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
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Summary

It’s the Roaring Twenties. London’s bright young things are partying, Soho’s nightlife is buzzing, and Augusta Peel is hiding in her basement.

She has a reason to hide there: it’s home to her Bloomsbury workshop where she repairs old, neglected books. After a busy time during the war, all Augusta wants is peace and quiet—even if it is routinely disturbed by the tube trains beneath her feet.

But events take a turn when Augusta agrees to chaperone nineteen-year-old Harriet Jones on a date. Failing to get her home on time, she ends up in a riotous nightclub. She can’t imagine the evening getting much worse when the police raid it. But then the murder happens.

Who shot Jean Taylor? An old acquaintance at Scotland Yard learns Augusta was near the murder scene and persuades her to help with his investigation. But how can a humble book repairer navigate Soho’s world of actresses, gangsters, and theater impresarios to discover the truth?

A new historical cozy mystery from the author of the Penny Green Victorian mystery series and the Churchill & Pemberley cozy mystery series.

©2021 Emily Organ (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Let down by dull characterisation

As the set up to a series this failed for me on the grounds that the characters just didn’t make me want to follow. There are repeated references to what the two leads went through in WW1 but there’s so little chemistry that one might imagine they were on entirely different continents at the time. The narrator’s mispronunciation of the name Lennox was the nail in the coffin for me.

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Wonderful writer

I love this writer’s novels. Great plots, lovely characters and so well narrated. They are gentle and entertaining.

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boring story

tired and boring story. thin characters and no plot.
thankfully it was included in membership. if I had used a credit I would have asked for a refund.

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A bit disappointing

I did finish it but I found the book lacking enough description, I didn't warm to the characters or find the plot convincing. I
will not seek out any more in the series.

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Dull. The narrator killed the story

I tried to like this story but the reading was so flat, uninteresting and dull that I failed to find a anchor to enjoy and pull me in. I have thousands of audiobooks now, so I know when I am going to click with a narrator or not, and I don’t with this one. I have listened to the book twice and I can’t tell you what the story was about, I was just switched off by the story telling. This is go on the ‘bookshelf’ and will stay there as there are so many other, more engaging books to listen to.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 25-05-23

Clever, Pleasant, Entertaing

I was not sure I would like this book, but took a chance since I could not find anything I wanted to listen to. Glad I did, Augusta Peel is a likeable person, and her relationships to all others in the book are realistic. Just ordered the next book.

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  • Kelly Ann
  • 25-01-24

I liked the story

I liked the story but did not like the narrator for a number of reasons mostly because of how she portrayed each character as being simpering, petulant or unpleasant. I did, however, like the writing, story line and Augusta Peel as well as the other lead characters. I look forward to the rest of the books in the series…it’s too bad they are all narrated by Sarah Nicole.

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  • Lindsay
  • 24-01-24

I had no idea if I would like this book but

It was great! It reminded me of Catherine Airde’s style of writing. I will certainly listen to the rest of this series and the narrator was wonderful.❤️

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  • Kayleigh Arnold
  • 29-11-23

Enjoyable

I’m not usually one for historical books, however this one was a pleasant read. I do enjoy history and it was nice at the end to get a little history lesson from the author. The book kept me entertained and guessing!

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  • Laurie S
  • 22-11-23

Pretty good

Mystery was good with a few layers. The narration was good, but sometimes the voices of some of the characters got mixed up. The historical notes at the end are very interesting.

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  • Nancy
  • 28-10-23

Enjoyable ❗️

I selected this book on a whim. I am so pleased that I did. I enjoyed the plot, the pace and characters. I am going to continue with the series.

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  • Jane Grif
  • 06-10-23

Death in Soho

I could not distinguish the characters from the speaker.6 The story and the history was interesting to me.

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  • Jane K
  • 12-05-23

A thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery

Augusta Peel is a bookbinder who has a secret past. While chaperoning a friend's daughter at a nightclub, a police raid occurs and a body is found. Who could be the murderer? She finds herself helping to solve it. Loads of fun, and a book anyone who enjoys Agatha Christie novels will enjoy. (I docked a star from the performance, because I sometimes couldn't tell who was who during conversations. But it wasn't so bad that I couldn't follow along. Just needed a few rewinds.)

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  • Suzi Robinson
  • 28-11-22

Great Series

I have now listened to the first three books of the series and I am looking forward to number four and beyond. The mysteries are excellent. The author plays fair with the clues. I am eager to learn more about Augusta. The narrator only enhances the stories. Definitely worth the time and the credit.

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