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  • The White Priory Murders

  • By: Carter Dickson
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The White Priory Murders

By: Carter Dickson
Narrated by: John Telfer
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Summary

James Bennett, nephew of Sir Henry Merrivale (the cantankerous yet genius sleuth), has been invited to stay at White Priory for Christmas, among the retinue of the glamorous Hollywood actress Marcia Tait. Her producer, her lover, her playwright and her agent are all here along with the haughty master of the estate, Canifes and his daughter.

So many suspects they become when Marcia Tait is found dead on Christmas morning in the lakeside pavilion, having been left there alone the night before and with a distinct lack of footprints in the snow to reveal any possible killer. When Henry Merrivale arrives to piece together what appears to be an impossible crime, John Dickson Carr, writing under the pseudonym Carter Dickson, treats the listener to sensational twists, febrile tension between the closed circle of suspects and one of the most perfect solutions in the history of the genre.

©1934, 2022 Estate of Clarice M. Carr, Martin Edwards (P)2022 Soundings

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Not as good as expected

I’m afraid golden age murder mysteries are very much hit or miss for me. This was a miss with stereotypes of local plod amongst others. I like a bit of country house atmosphere, with guest meeting for cocktails in the drawing room, breakfast etc before the murder but this was straight in and from then on interviews and conjectures. I think I may have enjoyed reading instead of listening? I just listened to Heads you Lose by Christianna Brand and it was everything I wanted in a winter mystery.

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  • Valerie
  • 07-01-23

Great!

I loved this classic mystery story, and John Telfer did an excellent job narrating it. I will listen to it again.

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  • peter
  • 20-12-22

Excellent and entertaining

Written by John Dickson carr under the alias of Carter dickson this is a very entertaining and often puzzling mystery constructed by one of the most brilliant writers of the genre.

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  • Karen Kelly
  • 05-12-22

Love these golden age stories

In the last two years or so I have been enjoying the re-releasing of the British Libraries crime classics. Some are a bit stiff but most are delightful and take you back to a time of more innocence with lots of fun murder plots. I do not enjoy cozies except for the Cherringham series I