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The Sussex Murder

(The County Guides #5)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England in the fifth instalment of Ian Sansom’s County Guides.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Fourth Estate
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May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
have to admit this is the weakest in the series and took ages to get going a very slow book
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great series, looking forward to the next county.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is fun and very quirky, probably not for you if you're looking for traditional murder mysteries as they are not really that and perhaps not really crime fiction at all. We are still in 1937 here and a large part of the point is a snapshot of the period just before the war, with Sefton having been in Spain and dark influences beginning to make themselves obvious in England (antisemitism, for instance). The Arthur Mee figure, Morley, remains as eccentric and irrepressible as ever, and ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I managed to derive some enjoyment from the first four books, plodding on in the hope that Sefton, after running around inner London during the early hours, in a naked state, would get washed, put on clean clothing, eat a meal and finally emerge from his seemingly permanent state of a hangover induced by self pity. But no, that didn’t happen, so I was left with a feeling of unease and wonder as to what it may be like to be in close proximity to the man. I wouldn’t want to sit too close in the co ...more
Ian Tucker
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Number 5? in the series. Some will not like the style/concept and some will love it. If you read this without having read the others first you are likely to find it strange.

It is, inevitably, funny and farcical. the English continues to be a very high standard and easy to read. This installment, however, is altogether more serious and dark (while still being light and ridiculous, if you see what I mean).

So, there is more of the same while the theme is bounced forward. I hesitate to say the cha
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this series. They are a clever satirical look at England in the 1930s through the filter of now. I thought this was the best so far still funny and clever but also sadly poignant. It was published in 2019 and has a resonance for Britain as she enters the unchartered waters of 2020. As a child of the 1950s Morley's Guides are all too real like Shell Guides to nature. When I read the first title I did look up some of the bizarre references to people or places of the period portrayed. In fac ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Whodunnit addicts
Very entertaining read....good characterisation, lots of humour and learn loads as one hopes one would about Sussex from culinary delicacies .....Sussex Pond Pudding anyone.....Sussex Hogs Pudding...hmm maybe pass on that one.... to the history of the fine county and a splendid description of the bizarre Lewes Bonfire Night ritual. There is even a diversion to Mozart's Don Giovanni ....Will certainly continue to follow the garrulous Morley, the alluring Miriam and dissolute Sefton's many adventu ...more
Symon Hill
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great book in the "County Guides" series. Despite them being marketed as fluffy and comical, they're also pretty deep and sometimes dark as well as very funny.

As usual, the plot (considered as a detective fiction plot) was not great, but the wider story, the excellent characters, the brilliant lauguage, the humour and depth more than make up for it. There are hints of other, and darker, developments in coming books, which I look forward to.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the fifth in the County Guides murder mysteries, in which the People's Professor, Swanton Morley, his daughter, Miriam, and assistant, Sefton, travel around England in 1937 to write a series of travel guides, leaving chaos and a number of deaths in their wake. A cut above the usual sort of cosy crime writing. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Autodidact is back with Sefton and Miriam & this time in Sussex. It's the combination of mystery, humour and information that makes this mystery series so enjoyable.
I now want to explore Sussex....and get a trug!
Mrs D. J. Knapp
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Didactic overview of Sussex landmarks and traditions with a promise of a murder mystery. The narrative lacked the suspense which one anticipated but the facts about Sussex were actually quite interesting
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Couldn't read this book.

verbose, rambling, stereotyped characters, poor levels of humour, supposedly murder mystery which was in about 6 pages out of 300, minor levels of plotting.

Would avoid any more of his writings
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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