If you're like me, one of the best ways to prepare for a trip is to immerse yourself in novels set in the destination. When it comes to a visit to England, there's nothing like a cozy mystery audiobook.
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Looking for a great, English mystery novel...on Audible?
From the first time I read And Then There Were None in lower school, I haven't been able to stop searching for my next "favourite" English detective.
Being lawyers (or a recovering lawyer and now blogger, in my case), my husband and I read all day at work, but I also love books. I also find reading to be a great way to prepare for/get in the mood for a trip - no matter where we're going, I load up on books about the newest location. And, since we're always going to England, English mystery novels perform double duty for me!
That said, I'm 100% an audiobook aficionado (of course all the books I list below are available as "normal" books, as well). I love being able to take in a novel while doing other things - blogging, driving around, doing laundry, working off the pinot grigio at the gym...
Don't have an audible subscription yet? Visit Audible to sign-up and get two free audiobooks and start your free trial! Incidentally, if you're getting a major head start on the Christmas shopping, an Audible membership also makes a great gift for the auditory learner in your life!
Here's my round-up of the best cozy, English mystery audiobooks, that I've found, available on Audible!
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Finding the perfect cozy mystery audiobook
With audiobooks, unlike "normal" books, finding the right fit is two-fold - you need both the perfect book and a very talented narrator. (If normal books are more your speed, don't forget to check out my best Books about England!)
The narrator can't go too over-the-top with the various characters' voices, must interpret the book in a way you like, and, generally, you have to be OK with them becoming the voice in your head for at least a few days! I'm happiest when I find a series that I can keep relying on - and don't worry, there are quite a few of those below!
Links below take you to the Amazon page for the books - just select "audiobook" to get the audiobook, rather than the physical book. Amazon's audiobooks are managed through Audible.
Best English Detective Books & Series
No offense to the other narrators on this list, but veteran British actor Robert Glenister is by far my favorite audiobook narrator of all time. Excitingly, Glenister joined the cast of C.B. Strike, the TV adaptation of the novels, playing Jasper Chiswell, in Lethal White.
The Strike novels, by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
Cherringham (series) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards, read by Neil Dudgeon
The books are comprised of three short stories a piece and come out fairly quickly (they aren’t all out yet in Audible format). So once you've burned through what's currently on Audible, keep an eye out for the new ones, once Dudgeon takes a break from filming Midsomer. Busy man!
Murder of Roger Ackroyd - by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
The Mousetrap Murders - by Helena Marchmount, read by Nathaniel Parker
And, even better - it's a series!
The Whisky Business Mysteries - by Melinda Mullett, read by Gemma Dawson.
Focusing on a photojournalist who unexpectedly inherits an up-and-coming Scottish distillery from her uncle, Abigail Logan heads up to The Highlands, only to find the distillery under siege and an unfriendly group of distillers who aren't happy about her arrival on the scene, the series doesn't disappoint, providing more than its fair share of cozy Scottish scenes, and a few Highland gentleman, along the way!
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