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Murder at the Monastery

By: Reverend Richard Coles
Narrated by: Reverend Richard Coles
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Summary

Canon Daniel Clement has suffered a secret humiliation and to recover takes respite at the monastery where he was a novice. But the monastery doesn't allow the break he needs, for tensions are building there too. There is a death at the monastery, and Daniel thinks it might be murder.

Meanwhile back at Champton, Daniel is the subject of village gossip, his mother Audrey is up to something again, there's trouble at the dress shop, trouble up at the big house, and the puppies are running riot.

As dark secrets unfold, can Daniel solve the mystery at the monastery without the help of Detective Seargeant Neil Vanloo?
©2024 Reverend Richard Coles (P)2024 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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A change of scene

Set in a different place and with many emotions and reflections stirred up this marks another superb Canon Clement mystery.

This is the first of the series that has compelled me to Google ecclesiastical practices too - fascinating!

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Not as good as the others

I was disappointed with this one. Bit too emotional and too personal. Interesting references to the monastery but a bit tiresome.

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Another fascinating and enjoyable listen

As well as the interesting characters and intriguing plot I now have an insight into the strange world of monastery life!

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As ever Richard Coles reads well.

The balance this time was overstretched by monastic life. We are in a window on life gleaned from time spent with the exceptional time that Richard Coles had with the Spencer family’s parish from his autobiography. At times seemingly stretched out with descriptive monotony that was a wearing rhetoric. So as a reader this novel lacked the vibrancy and pace that his first novel had in buckets.

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Another corker

Loved the previous book so I snapped up this one. Fantastic characters, great story with a unique liturgical element. Read beautifully by the author who manages to separate the characters voices seamlessly. The central relationships are brilliantly observed and touching, and the dialogue of the protagonist’s mother is hilarious and so so clever. I’m guessing she’s based on the author’s own late mother who had a sharp, acerbic wit. This is a great book. Cannot wait for the next one.

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loved Rev. Cole's voice as narrator

Disliked the use of the F word in such a book, it jarred against the background of religion and the gentility of a bye gone era.

otherwise, a very good read, which I would recommend to others.

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Lovely to listen to

I love Richard Cole’s voice and found this to be very relaxing to listen to. However the story is a bit of a disappointment after his first two Cannon Clement books. I thought there was a bit too much ecclesiastical stuff and I missed the wonderful characters of Champton.
I hope Richard will pen another book with more about village life and how things work out for Daniel

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Wonderful Series

I am loving this series and very much looking forward to the next instalment. I’m sure I’ll click on the Buy Now button before I’ve even read the blurb. I know a few of the reviewers haven’t liked all the ecclesiastical detail but - horses for courses - and I love getting immersed in it. The characters are so well observed and brought to life, but I have to say that I think Daniel is worthy of someone with more about him than Neil, who seems a bit wishy washy to me (….just saying). I really appreciate the stories being read by Richard himself - he has the most wonderful storytellers voice. He’d be brilliant on Jackanory if it was still around today. I also love their 1980s setting - which takes me back to my student days when I saw Richard at Rock City in Nottingham when he was part of the Communards. Happy days!

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When is book 4 coming!

I love Richard Coles dry wit and how he compares things. My first thought when I got to the end was that I wanted book 4 now!
I love the characters, the way they interact and can picture the scenes in my head from the descriptions.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books so far and Richard's reading of it makes it come alike and makes me laugh out loud at times.

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Wonderful characters

I just love this community- real people with true life problems and successes. Richard can really paint a wonderful picture of life and its trials. So hard to really describe what I like, without giving spoilers, so I'll leave it there.

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