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 "Narrative makes the world go round."

British Embassy life in the Ottoman Empire

Initially I thought this murder investigation was set in current times but the Embassy staff use a landau and the customs seem more fitting to the late 19-early 20th centuries. (I must have not registered the stage setting descriptions). The narrator does a fine job of the Upper Crust "Old Boy" speech/narration; although it does get a bit too thick at times for me. Somehow I haven't been able to get into this book so I've taken a break about 5hours into it. I'm not sure if I just can't identify with the characters or am mixing them up. If you like historical tidbits and don't mind a slowish unfolding of a plot then I'd say this isn't bad; but if you have trouble with a strong "Old Chap" accent you might give this one a pass. I'd love to hear what someone else has to say about this book. It could be I'm just not in the mood for it.
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- Kathy "Kathy"

Book Details

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