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The Crooked Wreath

Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   7.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/07/2012

The Crooked Wreath

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Digital Download ISBN:9781611748444


A family patriarch is murdered on the eve of signing a new will.

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Product Description

Sir Richard’s family has spent years waiting for him to die, but despite his weak heart, the old man simply refuses to cooperate. In the meantime, he makes their lives miserable by changing his will every few months, depending on which of his strange brood he favors that moment. Now he calls them together to announce his most diabolical revision yet: complete disinheritance of all the wastrels who bear his name. But he never gets a chance to sign the papers—by morning, he’s dead.

Scotland Yard sends Inspector Cockrill, the only detective clever enough to unravel the family’s tangle of jealousy and deceit. Each member had reason to kill Sir Richard, but which one plunged the syringe of poison into his heart? With a family this mad, nothing is as complicated as the truth.


“David Thorn is absolute perfection in his portrayal of an assortment of wacky relatives. . . . [He] uproariously entertains listeners as these family members quite respectfully and without menace accuse one another of the murder. Equally fun is Thorn’s portrayal of the local detective and his interactions with this peculiar family.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

Author Bio

CHRISTIANNA BRAND (1907-1988) was one of the most popular authors of the Golden Age of British mystery writing. Born in Malaya and raised in India, Brand used her experience as a salesgirl as inspiration for her first novel, Death in High Heels (1941), which she based on a fantasy of murdering an irritating coworker. The same year, she debuted her most famous character, Inspector Cockrill, whose adventures she followed until 1957. The film version of the second Cockrill mystery, Green for Danger, is considered one of the best ever screen adaptations of a classic English mystery.

Besides mysteries, Brand had success writing children’s fiction. Her Nurse Matilda series, about a grotesque nanny who tames ill-behaved children, was adapted for the screen in 2005, as Nanny McPhee. Brand received two Edgar nominations for the short stories “Twist for Twist” (1967) and “Poison in the Cup” (1969), as well as one for the non-fiction work Heaven Knows Who (1960).

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