book cover for The Santa Klaus Murder

 

Since we’re all frustrated by not being able to use the library right now, I thought I’d share an e-book and/or audio book that I recently enjoyed. It is The Santa Klaus Murder (affiliate link) by Mavis Doriel Hay, originally published in 1936.

Now, I don’t normally do a lot of audiobooks, but when I purchased this as a Kindle version last November, Amazon offered me the “read it to me” audio version at a small cost, much less than the audiobook version. I went for it because at that time my eyes were getting tired and I didn’t want to wear my glasses. This turned out to be a very enjoyable experience. And bonus, if I log on to the Audible app, the book is there too. So I have both the “read to me” version and the audiobook (no text) version. The “read to me” version just means you can launch the Kindle book so the text is on the screen, but also listen at the same time. A (silly) bonus for using this feature is that it turns the pages for you. This came in handy when I wanted to read in the bathtub but didn’t really want to flip the pages myself. It’s the little things.

My point is that I really do recommend the audio version because the readers do an excellent job. And I’m not an expert on audiobooks but I have heard quite a few and often, the reader is just a bit lacking in acting skills or even reading skills. In this case there is a male reader and a female reader and they are both excellent.

The mystery is well done, the descriptions of 1930s Britain are interesting, and it takes place at Christmastime! This novel is an interesting escape. I hope you enjoy it!

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