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  • Oxford Key Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Morrison
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Murder at St Margaret

By: Lynn Morrison
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
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Summary

A dead chef. A ruined gala. And the ghosts didn't see a thing.

As Oxford's new Head of Ceremonies, Natalie Payne's first task is to organize St Margaret's autumn gala. However, her plans are dashed when she finds their famed chef dead in the kitchen.

And then a centuries-old cat informs Nat she has her own magical legacy...and responsibilities. A murder in the halls is a sure sign that something has gone wrong with Oxford's magical protections.

Now Nat has to solve the murder, find a new chef for the gala, and figure out why Oxford’s magical defenses are down. With the help of Oxford's magical Eternals and some new friends, Nat has a chance.

But can she do it before St Margaret loses its connection to the magic of Oxford?

If you like cozy mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, creatures play, and magic seems within reach, the Oxford Key Mysteries are sure to delight.

©2020 Lynn Morrison (P)2021 Lynn Morrison

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I did enjoy this fun mystery. a good mystery and then you have a magical thrown in . Natalie finds herself thrown into this world. We have appealing characters Murder at St. Margaret was a blend of mystery and urban fantasy

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Brilliant story brought alive by great narrator

I had previously read the book and was interested to see how this could be improved as an audiobook. The characters are really fleshed out by the narrator and I was so disappointed when it ended all too soon! can't wait for the next one

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A mystery to hold your attention

Book 1 in the series. I love cozy mystery stories. This story written my Lynn Morrison was very well detailed. The characters were stron and engaging. There were a few characters in the book Harry, Nat and Edward
Once you start listening you’ll wonder what next , it had many twists and turns . You’ll never guess what happened at Oxford grab it and see

Pearl Hewitt was good . Her voice is strong and clear

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Enjoyable Fun Paranormal Mystery

My review is written after reading and listening to this fun book, if you are a fan of fun cosy mysteries but haven't tried one with a paranormal element I would urge you to give this one a try, I have every confidence that you'll love it, I know I certainly did.

This is my only book by this author and personally, I think she writes well, the plotline is well thought out and the story moves along at a good pace. The story is set in Oxford a place I know well although I haven't been back there for over twenty years I thought that the author had a real feel for the place and had done her research on the colleges and the town.

I'm English and sometimes the accents of the characters just don't seem right but in this case, they were spot on, although the wyvern/cat's accent made me smile as I tried to work out where the dialect came from, I really liked this character but then I do love dragons. The characters are interesting and well-developed and suited the setting, all in all, it was a very enjoyable fun paranormal mystery which I feel can be enjoyed by a wide age range and audience.

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Harry Potter comes to Oxford

Oh wow, I really enjoyed this book. Imagine Harry Potter with the talking portraits and statutes, ghost flying around and weird and wonderful creatures. Now imagine him solving a murder and you would be some way to imagining this book but it is so much more than that. There are two mysteries going on in this book as well as the elaborate party planning and learning of magic, the main mystery (the murder) does get solved but I think the second one (the leaking/disappearance of magic) is going to be an on going event in the series and a good reason to get the next book. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing but it was the characters that I loved, especially H the wyvern and the mischief he gets into with his flame sneezes. Being set in Oxford was also fun, I really felt like I was walking down the halls of Hogwarts but it still kept the English feel about it some how. The party planning even worked and didn't detract from the mystery investigation. It was just a fun magical cozy mystery and I can't wait for the next book.
Natalie is about to start her dream job at Oxford university as head of ceremonies but her first day doesn't turn out to be Disney Land magical. First she finds the chef who is going to be cooking all the gala food for the biggest event of the year, lying dead in the kitchen. Then she touches a key left by her predecessor and learns all the magical stories her grandfather told her about Oxford was true and he should know he worked there for years. She gains help navigating through the magical world that has just opened up to her from H, who everybody thinks is a cat but is actually a four-hundred-year-old wyvern with a taste for dairy and alcohol. If that wasn't had enough but the murder should never have been allowed to happen, the magic that protects the school seems to be disappearing leaving everybody vulnerable and its her job to restore it. Can she plan the party of the year, find a killer and track down what is wrong with the magic? All in her first week? It's a lot to do but armed with her lists, a new set of friends and a beginners level of magic Natalie has no other choice.
I liked the narrator. I have heard Pearl Hewitt read a number of audio books by different authors but somehow it always seems like different characters and I never imagine characters from the wrong series in the book she is reading. She is just a talented narrator.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Narrator uninspiring with an infantile voice. Plot massively dull with 2 dimensional characters and odd sub plots. One of the worst in your collection. I can’t believe I wasted a credit on it

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  • Kari at From the TBR Pile
  • 06-12-21

Enjoyable cozy mystery with a magical twist

Murder at St. Margaret is the first in a cozy mystery series that has a sprinkle of magic. Natalie is the newest event planner at St. Margaret's College. It is a part of the larger Oxford University system. She soon discovers that her adopted cat is really a tiny Wyvern and that she has comes from a line of magic keepers.

I thought this was a fun mystery. I liked the magical world that Natalie fond herself thrust into. I also loved that she was one of three newcomers who are tasked with keeping the magic at Oxford. Kate and Mathilde round out the trio. I loved that they were learning together. The other characters were fun and added a lot of color to the story. H was adorable. The mystery was OK. The solution kind of fell in Nat's lap, but I did enjoy following her as she tried to solve it. There is a larger question of why the magic is leaking out of the Oxford. There were no answers here, so I'm assuming that mystery continues over the series.

I listened to the audiobook and I would recommend it in this format. I enjoyed the voiced the narrator used. H's was cute and I could totally picture a little wyvern speaking like that. I do recommend this one. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Lelia T
  • 30-11-21

Mystery and Urban Fantasy

I love a good mystery and then you throw in a magical cat AND a wyvern (who’s really the cat) AND a few ghosts AND a setting at Oxford…well. I ask you, how could I resist?? Needless to say, I didn’t, and I’m here to tell you this story is packed with charm and appealing characters and a good conundrum to be solved. Nat and her cohorts, Kate and Mathilde, find lots of clues leading to who killed the chef that are frequently red herrings and, of course, the bigger question is what is causing the magic to fail?

Well, actually, the biggest question might be how did Nat not know about her own connection to the magical world, not to mention where did this curmudgeonly cat called H (because he hates his name) come from? But I digress.

All in all, Ms. Morrison’s Murder at St. Margaret was a most satisfying blend of mystery and urban fantasy, enhanced in a delightful way by Ms. Hewitt’s audiobook narration. I really savored the latters intonations and pacing and I think these two ladies together present an awfully enchanting tale. Now, on to book #2, Burglary at Barnard.

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  • Dawn H
  • 28-11-21

Fun Mystery

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lynn Morrison. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

When Natalie becomes Oxford’s new Head of Ceremonies, she has no idea what she’s in for. When she learns that her grandfather’s fairy tales were true and that there is a world of magic at Oxford that only a chosen few can see, she’s thrilled. But now, not only does she have a gala to get ready for, she also needs to find out what is going on with the magic and a murderer needs to be found.

I enjoyed reading about the magical side of Oxford. I especially liked “H”. What a fun character!

Pearl Hewitt does a great job with narration. Her pace and timing are good, and she’s able to make each character sound distinct.

I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in this series.

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  • Lisa C.
  • 22-10-21

Great start to a new series

A fun, mystery adventure to the Oxford University. Love tithe magic and the characters.
Lots of twists and turns.

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  • Pedsrn1988
  • 18-10-21

Magic & Murder

This was an interesting suspense novel featuring magical creatures, and new found magic for Natalie at Oxford University. Natalie arrives on her first say of work at Oxford only to find the death of top Chef. She soon learns that magical powers exist because of her grandfather. She finds herself super busy finding how to use the magic to do her iob and solving the murder.

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  • Chris S
  • 13-10-21

Wonderfully magical cozy mystery!

I loved Murder at St Margaret, the debut book by Lynn Morrison. Natalie Payne is the newly appointed Head of Ceremonies at Oxford University. She only has a short time to plan St Margaret’s Autumn Gala and prove herself. But murder interferes with her plans. Good thing there are ghosts, talking portraits and statues and her wyvern to help Nat uncover the murderer and strengthen Oxford’s waning magical fields. The story is solid and the characters are believable and well developed. The narration by Pearl Hewitt is also outstanding. The characters come to life. I look forward to more of Natalie’s adventures in academia!

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  • Airgalsue
  • 06-10-21

Murder at St Margret

Pearl Hewitt was wonderful with the different dialogues. The story keep me interested many twists and turns. I recommend this. Sue White

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  • neraks
  • 04-10-21

Loved it!

This book pulled me in from page 1! A beautiful detailed description of Oxford and how all the colleges work.
I love the paranormal elements. The main character is a strong woman and I love the way she interacts with all the characters in the book.
I couldn't figure out who committed the murder.
I can't wait for the next book! Found a great new author!!
Also I loved the narrator. She has a lovely English accent and all her voices were individual so you can tell who is speaking.
An excellent book all around!

This book is a review copy and this is my honest review.

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  • Victoria
  • 02-10-21

New series!

Light and fun new series. Loved the different characters and Ms. Hewitt's narration was amazing! The mystery being solved did seem to get lost a bit with all the magic and introduction to characters and back stories, but overall an enjoyable listen.

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  • Chester
  • 02-10-21

Paranormal and Cozi in one book.

I listened to this solely based on noticing it was narrated by Pearl Hewitt as I was not familiar with the author. As usual Pearl was great. The story itself was not what I expected. I would say it was not a very credible plot, but I guess that goes without saying in this sub-genre. I hung in listening long enough that by the time it was over I found I did really enjoy it.