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Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry. In "Deadlier than Fiction", amateur sleuth Alfie McAlister enjoys his volunteer work in Bunburry's community library, set up in the mansion of the formidable Miss Radford-Jones. The library is home from home for eleven-year-old Noah, an Agatha Christie fa Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry. In "Deadlier than Fiction", amateur sleuth Alfie McAlister enjoys his volunteer work in Bunburry's community library, set up in the mansion of the formidable Miss Radford-Jones. The library is home from home for eleven-year-old Noah, an Agatha Christie fan who sees murder round every corner. At first Alfie dismisses this as a child's overactive imagination - but then he himself is attacked. Could young Noah be right after all?


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Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry. In "Deadlier than Fiction", amateur sleuth Alfie McAlister enjoys his volunteer work in Bunburry's community library, set up in the mansion of the formidable Miss Radford-Jones. The library is home from home for eleven-year-old Noah, an Agatha Christie fa Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry. In "Deadlier than Fiction", amateur sleuth Alfie McAlister enjoys his volunteer work in Bunburry's community library, set up in the mansion of the formidable Miss Radford-Jones. The library is home from home for eleven-year-old Noah, an Agatha Christie fan who sees murder round every corner. At first Alfie dismisses this as a child's overactive imagination - but then he himself is attacked. Could young Noah be right after all?

30 review for Deadlier than Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    No, the ninth novella in this series isn’t about book writing but about a nascent library. Ten years ago, the local council closed the public library and sold the building. Multimillionaire philanthropist Alfie McAllister joins forces with the formidable Miss Irene Radford-Jones to set up a new library in several extra rooms in her huge mansion. A bereaved widow believes her husband’s heart attack was no accident, so she consults the Bunburry Triangle — Alfie and his two elderly friends, Marge R No, the ninth novella in this series isn’t about book writing but about a nascent library. Ten years ago, the local council closed the public library and sold the building. Multimillionaire philanthropist Alfie McAllister joins forces with the formidable Miss Irene Radford-Jones to set up a new library in several extra rooms in her huge mansion. A bereaved widow believes her husband’s heart attack was no accident, so she consults the Bunburry Triangle — Alfie and his two elderly friends, Marge Redwood and Liz Hopkins — and Liz’s great-niece, Constable Emma Hollis. It would ruin this wonderful novella to reveal anymore, but readers will meet some interesting new characters and find a cleverly plotted mystery. It was fun to see Alfie and Miss Radford-Jones become friends and to meet the precocious 11-year-old bookworm Noah. (I do hope they make appearances in future novellas!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Philina

    I totally adored the new characters of Noah and Miss Radford-Jones, but the investigation of the crime/mystery fell totally flat. Alfie didn't investigate one bit. I totally adored the new characters of Noah and Miss Radford-Jones, but the investigation of the crime/mystery fell totally flat. Alfie didn't investigate one bit.

  3. 4 out of 5

    William H. Wardlaw

    Fun tale Interesting characters, as usual. They always “play off” of each other in ways that are entertaining. The Cotswolds are the perfect setting. Good old English mystery.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    ⭐️ 3.5 stars ⭐️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Still an enjoyable series. Even when Alfie has his TSTL moments. (view spoiler)[ Seriously you see the door broken open at a residence where you know the homeowner is not home and you don't call the police first thing? I mean Alfie, I know you want to see Betty (no idea why. Honestly get over her already) but the convoluted thought process you went through just so you could see her. Even though she is CLEARLY not in the country and CLEARLY does not want anything to do with you is ridiculous. I a Still an enjoyable series. Even when Alfie has his TSTL moments. (view spoiler)[ Seriously you see the door broken open at a residence where you know the homeowner is not home and you don't call the police first thing? I mean Alfie, I know you want to see Betty (no idea why. Honestly get over her already) but the convoluted thought process you went through just so you could see her. Even though she is CLEARLY not in the country and CLEARLY does not want anything to do with you is ridiculous. I am glad Liz and Marge took you to task over NOT CALLING THE POLICE! (hide spoiler)] Also I do wish Emma would get over herself. I reiterate she has done nothing to stake a claim on Alfie or let him know she might be interested in more than a friendship. If she does let him know. If she's worried about the constable making her life more miserable over dating Alfie, I'm sure he would agree to keep it quiet to help her out. he's nice that way. But honestly she hasn't done a thing, so those digs she keeps making at Alfie, because other women are interested and have no problem showing it, are getting annoying. Although, on the other hand. Alfie needs to make up his mind on if he's interested in her or not, and actually let her know. If not just continue to be friends, if so stop letting life interrupt your moments with her. And give her something solid. I do like Mrs. Radford-Jones and want to see more of her and Noah in the future. I know these are short, but was there really a murder mystery investigation going on? Alfie lucked into finding the killer. Not that it did much of anything, actually no he didn't find the killer. He didn't have a clue who the killer was until he walked into the room with Mrs. Radford-Jones. In this case Noah did pretty much all of the work, including finding the killer. Alfie wasn't even present until later. Liz and Marge weren't even present, they had to find out the details much later from Emma. The Bunburry Triangle was a bit light in this installment. Our narrator did a great job as usual. Looking forward to the next book. Recommended? Sure Buy/Borrrow? Either or

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    There really IS a killer? I enjoy reading these books and wait eagerly for the next. They are fun quick reads for a day relaxing and recognizing the mystery and how it is solved, always entertaining. I was lucky to start at the beginning of the series. Each book is a complete story but as progressing through the books you find out so much more about those in Bunburry that you feel they are your friends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Colin Benbow

    Another enjoyable read Love reading this series, cosy light hearted reading. The only time the book sets my teeth on edge, is Alfie’s affected London ways with his cooking cous cous and courgette soup rather than good solid English food like Cumberland pie or eggs and bacon. Love the characters, look forward to meeting them in the next novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary and Sandra Sims

    Cute story The Bunbury Triangle are hot on the case of a seemingly death by heart attack, the widow believes her husband died of fright. She wants to know who killed her husband, so Alfie starts to investigate and gets rough up for his troubles. Ms. Marchmont has written a witty story that keeps you entertained.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alice McGuire

    Cozy indeed As usual Marchmont delivers a charming plot with the same charming characters. Bunburry is a very special place where crime takes place only to be solved by the Bunburry Triangle. Read and enjoy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane Spitzmuller

    Another great read 🔰 Thoroughly enjoyed the next book in the series, only complaint would be I read it far too quickly 😁. Loving the new characters Mrs Radford -Jones, Noah and Gwendolyn. Hope to read more about them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Always a good read. I thoroughly enjoy this series of books. The characters are interesting and quirky but fun, kind, and intelligent. I would love to visit Bunburry and meet them all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy Kroger

    Review: I !ove British cosy mysteries and even though these are set in modern times, they still retain the ambia CD of the Golden Age of mystery. Plus, I really like the characters and adore the village of Bunburry. If it were real I would move there!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Scarborough

    Another great story from Helena Marchmont I am hooked on Bunburry! Great story telling. The culprit is not who you expect. The descriptions are so well done I hear Alfie speaking inside my head. but when is Alfie going to meet his father.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    4 stars for being pleasantly amusing village cozy novella with delightful characters. The audiobook lulled me to sleep (or back to sleep) in minutes. What more could one ask for the last book of 2020?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    A favourite in this series. Loved Noah - he's an intriguing new character and I hope he returns. I do wish Alfie would stop pining after Betty and think about Emma! The library is a great setting and lovely addition to the Bunburry milieu. A favourite in this series. Loved Noah - he's an intriguing new character and I hope he returns. I do wish Alfie would stop pining after Betty and think about Emma! The library is a great setting and lovely addition to the Bunburry milieu.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jean Teague

    Pleasant Reading. I liked this book. It has : 1.A happy ending. 2. Morality 3. Kindness 4. Is well written 5. Has likeable characters. 6. Has plausible villains. 7. Is not too long.

  17. 4 out of 5

    edward minton

    Great series Have enjoyed this entire series. Looking forward to more. Will keep this series in my library. Read the entire series it is awesome.

  18. 5 out of 5

    PAULINE NICHOLS

    A GREAT READ - LIGHT, FUNNY, WELL WRITEN WITH THE SAME PEOPLE AS THE THREE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES. I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH -SORRY WHEN IT FINISHED.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosila M Tressler

    Leaving others waiting When the Bunbury triangle teams up other books are left waiting while I join in the fun and mystery. Can't wait for the next book. Leaving others waiting When the Bunbury triangle teams up other books are left waiting while I join in the fun and mystery. Can't wait for the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    TAMI CUELLAR

    I love the Bunburry series. I look forward to each new installment of the Bunbury books. These books never disappoint and always deliver a little intrigue and a lot of fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Kay Justice

    Love this series Brilliant. The characters are lovely. Extremely well written. Can't wait to find out more on the Alfie father mystery. Can't wait for the next book. Love this series Brilliant. The characters are lovely. Extremely well written. Can't wait to find out more on the Alfie father mystery. Can't wait for the next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hoey

    I love returning to Bunberry and find the series a great way to relax with a warm drink on a cool Fall day. I always look forward to the next installment and read it as soon as it comes out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Baranowski

    Excellent addition to the to the series I would recommend the Countryside Mysteries to all Agatha Christie fans. A really great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    The mystery itself was a little off in this latest Bunburry cozy but the character development and village life was better than ever. Not one but two trips to the Tea Room!The eleven year-old volunteer library cataloger stole my heart.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine Maree

    Great read I love this series by Helena Marchment. They are always well written. Easy to read with some humour. I can't wait to read the next one. Great read I love this series by Helena Marchment. They are always well written. Easy to read with some humour. I can't wait to read the next one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sweet but another one in which the bunberry triangle failed to actually do anything

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teddi

    Probably the weakest one so far

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Williams

    I just love this series, good solid quick reads, a cracking narrative that moves at a pace and keeps you entertained, this is no exception, fab

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caren

    3.5 stars. Fun audio series

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Campbell

    Quick listens, light plots, and most of the characters are very likable! Just discovered the books don’t exist in print form (unless you have the Kindle app), which was disappointing.

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