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Mystery in White

By: J. Jefferson Farjeon
Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
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Summary

"The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house."

On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

©2014 Estate of J. Jefferson Farjeon (P)2015 Soundings

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Showing it's age

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More plot development and less of the interminably long passages that did not add to the story. Too wordy ! Interestingly the engine used to illustrate the cover is not a UK type - ditto the coaches.

What was most disappointing about J. Jefferson Farjeon’s story?

It was quite frankly - very boring

Would you be willing to try another one of Patience Tomlinson’s performances?

Perhaps

What character would you cut from Mystery in White?

Quite a few

Any additional comments?

This is not a crime novel - just a rambling story. I'm an avid crime story reader and this was a big disappointment

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Don’t bother with this flabby, incomprehensible bore

This tale is overblown, confused and lacking in month. I was tempted by the locked room scenario, but the “murder” is not what you would expect . I kept expecting something to happen and it didn’t.

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Tedious

Way too long for what the story was. It was hard going towards the end.

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Comfy listening but drawn out.

a bit of a classic. very convoluted and drawn out but there are worse ways to pass the time on a journey.

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Shiveringly cold ...

You can almost feel the drop in temperature as you turn the pages. You know This is a great mystery, a wee bit creepy and well narrated. Would I listen to more by the same author? Definitely!

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I read to the end!

And that was some kind of feet of endurance. The writing is slow and over formal and I whent on reading in a spirit of disbelief that he could get his plot out of the knot he ha writen it into, I don't think he did but I am not sure.

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Entertaining

A really good 'who done it' with great atmosphere and interesting characters. A good plot well paced and very enjoyable.

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Christie on an off day

1947. Snow, plucky young women and the promise of murder and ghosts.
Fair story - if rather drawn out and repetitive - with several murderers off camera and not really any ghosts.
Interesting from a social history viewpoint and it is festive, but not in the same league as Dennis Wheatley or Agatha Christie.

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Of its time, but still quite entertaining

I thoroughly enjoy most detective novels of this era, but must confess this one hasn't really stood the test of time as well as some others, such as those written by Christie or Sayers. The plot line is rather fantastical and not particularly satisfactory; however the characters are interesting enough, and the author manages to create an excellent wintry atmosphere. The narrator is fine, and it's an interesting-enough listen, but I'm not sure I'd rate it among the classics.

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An enjoyable festive read

A good fireside read for the festive season. I enjoyed the atmosphere the author creates. Excellent narration.

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  • CM
  • 17-09-15

Brilliant!

Any additional comments?

This book is part of the British Library " Crime Classics" series these books were uncovered at the library and were so good they decided to republish them They are by Authors writing in the 20s and 30s who were famous at the time but have been long forgotten and out of print .So bearing in mind that this story is set in the 20s after the 1st world war and therefore some of the language and vocabulary might seem old fashioned , the story is so clever and well written and keeps you guessing. Of course it has a snow bound train, an abandoned house and a random bunch of strangers stranded together , intrigued? well I urge you to listen to this book if you enjoy Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers , I hope Audible will get more of J Jefferson Fargeon's books .

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  • Marie
  • 10-10-15

And Then There Were None In Reverse

In a story where the characters are snowed into a house, you would expect the bodies to start to pile up and the number of characters go down. The reverse is true here. The number of characters actually grows through the end of the story. It is an interesting listen, especially knowing it is one of a number of forgotten British mystery classics republished by the British Library. The story is a bit mystery, a bit thriller, a bit gothic, with locked rooms, disappearing clues, and deep snow banks. I considered giving the book five stars, for how well it fits its genre, but didn't because I felt the author failed to describe the characters and their settings sufficiently at times. When our main characters leave the stalled train for a cross country hike, we don't get a description of what they were wearing, if they were dressed for a blizzard, and if the women were wearing heels and skirts, all of which would have made a difference as they struggle across fields through blinding snow. I never felt the cold, the snow, or the trudge. This lack of description occurs at other points. But the story is fun and has lots of twists and turns. It is worth a listen if you like 20s and 30s British crime novels.

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  • Avril
  • 18-10-15

Stupendous

Absolutely mesmerized ftom chapter one. Had to rewind in a couple of placess when the plot got ahead of me but picked it bavk up quickky. The characters were wonderful and you lived all the goid ones and hated the bad ones. I will be listening to this again

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  • TAJ
  • 18-02-16

Delightful!

I'm glad I got the Synch version. I started listening, but got confused by the characters on the train. Then I started reading on my Kindle. About chapter ten I went back to Audible. Patience captured my imagination with her acting the parts.
I was amazed that this mystery transcended so many decades! It didn't seem to be dated at all! Kudos!

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  • Grandmerry
  • 30-01-16

Lovely deductions.

If you're one who enjoys the classic English mysteries like Agatha Christy's or Dorothy Sayers' tales, you will enjoy this. It's a well told weaving together of clues and personalities. I personally prefer "gentle" murders rather than"gritty" ones. The narrator was wonderful and carried me along most agreeably.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-11-15

The most tedious non-story I ever encountered.

I suppose I'm not being totally fair because I didn't finish the book. And maybe I dozed off and missed some important points. But the facts that I couldn't finish it and dozed off tells you something. The story treads water forever. Endless conversation leading to no apparent point. Finally I decided I couldn't go on waiting for something to happen. Sorry I wasted money on this.

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  • J Muth-Kern
  • 13-04-16

Good old time mystery

Engrossing mystery without sex, gore or much violence. Performance was well done. I will certainly read other books by this author.

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  • Evil Death Ray
  • 28-01-16

vintage 30's mystery

If the narrator had stuck to one voice it would have worked better for me but her male voices were very annoying. And we all know how important narration is with an audible book. her regular voice is great.

Not the author's best work. It is an attempt at a psychological thriller similar to a locked room mystery except everyone is snowed in. At the end I really didn't care who did or why.

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  • lynda
  • 26-02-16

Nothing outstanding

It was ok but not as good as it sounded in the description I thought

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  • John
  • 15-09-19

Had Me Right Up Until the End

It’s always hard to review a mystery. If you go much beyond “loved it”, “liked it” or “hated it”, you’re apt to start giving things away and spoiling the fun for everyone else. And it’s even harder when you're trying to put your finger on precisely where the book disappointed you.

Overall, I enjoyed the situation and the characters. Up until the end, I enjoyed the story, too. I have a bias for mysteries of a more reverend vintage (heavy on dialogue and deductions, light on car chases, gunplay and bedroom scenes) and in that respect Mystery in White does not disappoint. However, while I found myself saying “Ah-ha” many times in the course of the story, the final resolution dragged out so long that that ultimate, satisfying “AH-HA” never happened. Or, at least not for me.

Moreover, psychical research plays a role throughout, and I was more than willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story. Problem is, our amateur sleuth (and SPR member) uses cold logic to untangle most of this mystery, then goes all psychical at the end, using it to tie up some loose threads in what was (again, for me) an unconvincing way.

As remarked by other reviewers, Patience Tomlinson has a wonderful voice and a perfect delivery, but her male voices (and there are a lot of them in this story) tend to get a bit mixed.

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