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Murder on Thames

(Cherringham #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,490 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Digital Series. Episode 1:

Cherringham is a quiet and peaceful town in the Cotswolds. Time moves slowly here, and nothing out of the ordinary ever happens, until one morning a woman’s body is discovered in the river. Sarah Edwards has just returned to Cherringham with her two children following the breakdown of her marriage. Sarah had been friends with Sammi Jackson – the
Kindle Edition, 119 pages
Published December 19th 2013 by Bastei Entertainment
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Review written June 11, 2017

3.4 Stars - A first quickly done in a detective novella serial

Book #1 in the Cherringham cozy crime solves serial. See my review for the first three-part audiobooks box, Cherringham #1-3: A Cosy Crime Series Compilation. — 2:46 hours very well narrated by Neil Dudgeon.

I LIKE - nice novellas telling cozy small-towns mysteries
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite an enjoyable read, simple storyline easy to follow, the culprit can be guessed pretty early but still, fun reading!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder on Thames: Cherringham, Episode 1 – Is the first episode of the cosy crimes series, Cherringham. Cherringham is a quiet town in the Cotswolds and begins a series that will feature Jack Brennan, a former NYPD homicide detective and Sarah Edwards, a single mother of two who works with technology.

Sarah has just returned to her hometown of Cherringham, and Jack has retired there enjoying time on his boat with his dog and a good drink. When Sarah’s friend is found dead and everyone assumes it
Liz Barnsley
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I have not read episodic books since I avidly awaited each new instalment of “The Green Mile” by Stephen King many years ago now, but when I was offered the chance to have a look at a new series that is going to be released over the course of this year I jumped at the chance – they sounded perfect for Sunday afternoon reading. Thank you to the authors and publishers!

The first instalment in the Cheringham series finds us meeting Sarah and Jack – Jack a retired NYPD police officer who is now li
Dec 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am almost embarrassed to acknowledge I read this book. Cliched with fairly bland characters., the storyline is far too easy to follow, giving little challenge to figure out the culprit. Maybe I expected too much of a cozy mystery.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be a classic English village mystery and I found it delightful.
Todd Ackerman
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it not listen to the reviews that say "too easy to follow", "embarrassed to admit...".. here's the deal, it's a serial mystery...think Murder She Wrote, Hardy Boys, etc. In life, not all mysteries are complex with twist upon twist. It's about fun and reading. So if you want a mind challenge, do The NY Times crossword. If you want to be able to lose yourself in a fun, quick read, pick this up. ...more
Lady Delacour
Pleasant Cozy where
newly single mom
Sarah Edwards,
teams up with
homicide detective,
Jack Brennan.
Will they solve the crime?
Listened with TTS.
Clean with some
Mild Foul Language.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ι was browsing through my Scribd app, to find a short audiobook to do a couple of chores I had to do in the house. I was in the mood for a British-mystery. The narrator, Neil Dudgeon, was a nice one, but I didn't like his American, New York accent.
This book is part of a series, and it reads/listens as you watch a TV-series.
I can see that the duo of Sarah and Jack in the future books of the series will become more than murder solver partners. I like it when the love aspect is a slow burner in th
John Lee
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The first book of another new series that I have just come across and, after a couple of books that needed an effort to finish, a nice change.

This series brings together an unlikely pairing. There is this retired NYPD homicide detective recently widowed who has moved to the quintessential English village to enjoy the peace and quite of a solitary retirement. There is also a young mother of two who has just moved back to her home village from London following her divorce.

It is a short book and al
Shabbeer Hassan
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, whodunit
A fast-paced, cosy mystery narrated amiably by none other than Neil Dudgeon from Midsomer Murders fame. Of course, as in with other cosy mystery reads, cliched elements abound, but the short length of the book was indeed a pleasant surprise instead of the other bloated reads.

My Rating - 3/5
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Audible version. My daughter and I listened to this one on a road trip and it was so hard to hear the narrator half the time, we could barely follow the mystery. As these are short and cheap, I may consider listening to the next one in a quieter environment to see if i connect with the characters enough to care. But really nothing special.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Short and sweet. I think this will be a fun series of mini-mysteries.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
kind of dry but a nice short read
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, have-ecopy
Good mystery in a quick read. It really put me in mind of a one-hour mystery tv show. There are quite a few in the series, and I'll be continuing. ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great little trio of mini-mysteries set in the village of Cherringham, in the Cotswalds area of the UK.

All three feature the detective work of web designer Sarah Edwards and retired NYPD Detective Jack Brennan. The relationship is one of mutual trust and respect, but no overt evidence of it being romantic. They fall into a mystery and discover that they both enjoy the detection process, and continue solving mysteries together. These stories are wonderful, and do not feel that they have been s
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It seems these days people are reading more on the go, so they are looking for something digestible in a short time period. Just like shopping at the small stores is easier than dealing with the big box retailer.
This trend of smaller stories is very prevalent in every genre these days. Some it lends itself to more than others. Usually when you think of a mystery, you need character development, scene building, rollercoaster store lines to add space between the suspense. You certainly don't thin
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
...a gem!

This was fun. A murder mystery, with a difference. Sort of Midsummer Murders meets Jesse Stone. The yank in the sleepy English village puts his finger on it when he notes that, 'sweet old Cherringham maybe not so cosy and innocent.' And thus a series is born. Ah! Those deceptive English villages!
Jack is a retired New York detective who's made home a canal boat in England, a dream he and his deceased wife had planned. Sarah is a single mother, returned with her children to her home villa
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again I enjoyed a Cherringham story!! I just finished reading Murder on Thames by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards. I was already aware of the growing relationship between Jack and Sarah, because I mistakenly read the second episode, Mystery at the Manor, first. This time I got to participate in their meeting and what seemed to be unlikely friendship.

Once again I thought I knew who the killer was, and once again I was incorrect! This book begins with the suicide of Sammi, the childhood fr
We are introduced to Jack Brennan and Sarah Edwards in this new series. Sarah meets Jack, when she starts investigating the death of her friend Sammi. At first, he didn’t want to be involved, but it was an interesting mystery that piqued his crime solving abilities, so he decided to help eventually. After all he was a former homicide detective from New York. It had very likeable and quirky characters and a nice amount of humor. So if you like Midsomer Murders, DCI Banks, Morse or Murder she wrot ...more
Eva Müller
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, amateur-sleuth
This book is written by a British-US team which surprises me because it reads like it's written by an American guy whose knowledge about the UK comes exclusively from watching very mediocre cozy crime shows and The Wicker Man. It's ridiculous just how much the locals go 'But he's a stranger and even worse a foreign stranger' about depressed ex-cop MC. The mystery itself is also pretty thin and boring. ...more
I enjoyed this download but read it in one sitting. It is a quick read and still an interesting series to start or to even get into. It's not deeply plotted but if you enjoy short cozy novels you can't go wrong with this series. Just a bit too simple and short for my tastes. ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder on Thames is a Cozy Crime Mystery Short by Neil Richard and Mathew Costello. It's narrated by Neil Didgeon, who starred in Midsomer Murders. I often hear these mystery shorts are great to listen to/read on a rainy afternoon with a nice cup of tea. I have no doubt that's true, but I listened to it on a sunny day while doing chores. I couldn't imagine enjoying this book anymore than I already do.

Murder on Thames takes place in the quiet town of Cherringham. Not much happens there, but when
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short stories are not easy to write, yet the writing team of Matthew Costello and Neil Richards did an excellent job.

Former NYPD homicide detective Jack Brennan has retired to Cherringham hoping for a quiet life on a boat after the death of his wife. Sarah Edwards has just returned to Cherringham, a quiet town in the Cotswolds, from London after the collapse of her marriage. When a woman’s body is found in the river, Sarah needs help in finding answers since the local police consider it an open
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the first in a long series of short mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds town of Cherringham. When a young woman is found dead in the weir, the police see a sad suicide but her best friend Sarah and a retired NYPD cop named Jack think it's murder. Their unofficial investigation has to work with Sarah's personal life (single mum of two and owner of a web development firm), Jack's retirement (and being a Yank in Cherringham isn't a positive thing), the uncooperative local police, and ...more
Joe Lloyd
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crime fans who like short stories
Shelves: crime
It's been a while since I picked up a short story. And this one didn't disappoint. (Found these on spotify for a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon listen). Having spent a lot of time reading, I wanted to switch to listening for a change.

I really liked the story and the introduction to the small town of Cherringham. I think they have nailed the 'what goes on in a small english town' quite well. (Having come from one, I can relate). The character Jack (an ex NYPD detective) sticks his nose into an ap
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love Midsomer Murders, you'll absolutely LOVE this series! I especially like that the narrator for the audiobooks is Neil Dudgeon who currently plays John Barnaby on Midsomer Murders!

I like the audiobooks so much, I had to go back and read the short stories or "episodes." This is also my first introduction into Cosy mystery books/series. I had no idea this sub-genera even existed!

The characters are WONDERFUL great development both of the main characters, Jack and Sarah, and the supporting
Belinda Pollard
Short mysteries set in a British village, with an interesting character combination between the retired American detective and the younger single mother. I found the death in the third one a little bit too gritty and noir-ish for a cosy mystery, because it took me inside the point of view of the victim as she died, in quite a detailed and extended way. In print or ebook, I could have flicked past that part, but in an audiobook I had to listen to it all. Nevertheless, I enjoy listening to these b ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a short cozy mystery. Sarah is a divorcee who's moved back to her hometown of Cherringham with her two children, and Jack is a widower from New York who moves there to live aboard a canal boat. When Sarah hears that her childhood friend has been found drowned at the weir in the river, she asks Jack if he'd heard a splash in the night. When he says he didn't, he tells her that her friend wouldn't have floated into the weir if she fell in, but must have died at the weir. Together they beg ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short but satisfying. I bought the audible version because it is read by an actor I enjoy from Midsommer Murders. To be honest, this read like an episode of the show and, although the literary detective is an american, it was easy to visualize him as the actor's television character. The audio editing did have some issues as the voice is sometimes impossible to hear, but overall it was a well fleshed out mystery with engaging and interesting characters and I'll be listening to the next episode. ...more
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