Murder in High Places by Helen Marchmont Murder in High Places by Helena Marchmont
Narrator: Nathaniel Parker
Series: Bunburry #6
Published by Lübbe Audio on September 29, 2019
Source: Purchased
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Novella
Length: 2 hrs 36 mins
Format: Audiobook
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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 "Murder in High Places", the sixth Bunburry book, Oscar will brave the Cotswolds for the first time! Alfie has tried for months to convince his best friend to visit him - but when a glamorous High Society Party in honour of celebrated actor Dorian Stevens is announced, Oscar just can't resist. He is - after all - Dorian's greatest fan and can't wait to meet his hero. But the evening at the lovely Saville mansion takes a murderous turn ...

I’ve been enjoying the Bunburry novellas, but I really think for Murder in High Places it’s helpful if you’ve read a couple of the earlier ones. We finally meet Oscar! He comes down to visit, drawn by a party. To understand how kind of awesome that is, you need to know a little more about Oscar than this episode gives you. He’s Alfie’s best friend, but thinks living in the country and not London is ridiculous. And of course everyone in town acts like they already know him, since they’ve heard so much from Alfie.

Alfie, Betty and Oscar go to the party. Alfie and Betty have some major communications errors and Alfie acts like an all-around jerk. Granted, Betty’s not much better, but at least she isn’t blatantly flirting with anyone else. And then we have a murder. Sergeant Wilson immediately arrests the most obvious suspect, but, since this is a cozy mystery, that’s clearly not the right solution. The Bunburry Triangle, Alfie, Marge, and Liz, have to solve the case. And of course they do, with some very close questioning.

This was not my favorite of the series. While it was nice to see Oscar, Alfie wasn’t his usual charming self. He made some stupid, self-defeating choices. Granted, in the end he realized revenge wasn’t really his cup of tea, but it just wasn’t as fun for me as the rest of the series. I am looking forward to #7 though.

About Helena Marchmont

Olga Wojtas

Helena Marchmont is a pseudonym of Olga Wojtas, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher, Iona M. Cameron. Olga won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015, has had more than 30 short stories published in magazines and anthologies and recently published her first mystery Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar.

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