The great radio detective lives again in a brand new reading by Anthony Head.Crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his glamorous wife Steve made their first appearance on BBC Radio in 1938. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul Temple's help with his latest tricky case.The radio serials proved so popular that Francis Durbridge was inspired to write a succession of novels featuring the smooth sleuth. In this compelling story, read by Buffy and Little Britain star Anthony Head, Paul and Steve investigate an intriguing case of robbery and murder.Making their getaway after raiding Harkdale bank, a gang of thieves are surprised by the police and a car chase ensues. When the robbers' car crashes, killing two of them, the police go to retrieve the money, but it is not there. They trace it to an accomplice, Gavin Renson, but then he is found dead in the garage of Paul's country cottage.Shortly before the gruesome discovery, Paul and Steve had given a lift to a beautiful redhead, Betty Stanway, who overheard her boyfriend Desmond Blane plotting a robbery on the telephone. Is he the gang leader? Did he kill Renson? And if so, is Betty's life in danger? It is up to the Temples to unravel the complex mystery...
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Other reviewers have mentioned Mr Head's great reading style and i concur. He voices the characters very well and although you dont get the full on cast production, for an abridged reading its better than most by a long way.
Other reviewers have also commented that the abridged readings are really only for the purist, I dont agree. The full cast dramitisations can be a little full on occasionally and i dont always want to be so fully invested in an audiobook that i cant be doing something else at the same time (namely working!)
Would (and do) recommend especially if like me you've listened to the Tim Frazer collectoin and want more of the same. The Paul Temple series can be a little "tally ho" on occasion but its also every bit as gritty as Tim Frazer. (Posted on 5 March 2013)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes