A Dead Man in Istanbul : Seymour of Special Branch

  • by Michael Pearce
  • Narrated by Bill Wallis
  • Series: Seymour of Special Branch
  • 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The undersecretary of the British embassy in Istanbul has died while attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits. The circumstances of his death have to be investigated, so the Foreign Office sends out an officer: Sandor Seymour, an unobtrusive Special Branch detective.

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This series is worth a listen

I'm usually too stingy to spend credits on such short light listens, but I find Pearce's "Dead Man..." series credit worthy. For once, Bill Wallis' sometimes over-the-top narration is either toned down (or has found its fit). I find each novel a decent light historical mystery that -- though never didactic-- always teaches me something about history on top of just evoking period. Peacre writes with a dry humour too -- so that between the history, the mystery and the smiles, the 5--7 hours slip by.
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- connie

Loved this story read by Bill Wallis


It is personal preference, and, I find Wallis a better reader than Clive Mantle (Dead Man in Trieste). Wallis does capture the personality of our hero Seymour and with judicious pause conveys the spoken and unspoken responses.

Seymour is called in from The Yard because he is a linguist (having learned the languages of the people in his childood neighbourhood). Lovely impressions of British Embassy staff and their interests as well as a glimpse of early 1900's Istanbull. And then there is the murder he is not expected to solve as well as the resolution of the impasse of how to find Jusice.

I would like to know more about the author and when these were written, as distict from being published.
Light enjoyable listen that does evoke a time and place.
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- Anniebligh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2007
  • Publisher: Audible Studios