Benedict Cumberbatch reads five stories featuring the famous vegetarian railway detective Thorpe Hazell, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
In "The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box", Hazell hatches a daring plan to retrieve a highly sensitive government document before it reaches the German Ambassador. In "Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture", when an entire wagon containing valuable paintings disappears from a goods train, Hazell's skill is needed. In "The Affair of the Corridor Express", a multimillionaire's son disappears from a moving train. Hazell must find the kidnappers before the boy is lost forever. In "The Stolen Necklace" a lady begs Hazell to help when the diamond necklace that she borrowed is stolen from her suitcase. In "The Affair of the Birmingham Bank", customers keep drawing money from a Midlands bank, so gold reserves are sent by train. Hazell must guard against train robbery.
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Fun mystery stories
I was not sure what this book was about when I bought it. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were mystery stories about crimes committed on the railway.
The narration was great, as would be expected form Benedict.
I thought the first story was the best of the collection
- Russell Bernard
the goofiest thing i've ever LOVED!
there is no other book, ever, in the world, in any language, to which you could compare this title. (ok, that's quite a bold statement, but go with me, ok?)
yesssss... thorpe hazel and his adventures are clearly patterned on the sherlock-holmes-style detective story... (i'm honestly not sure if whitechurch intended a tribute or a parody) ...set in an england that not only no longer exists; it NEVER existed, except in fiction. meanwhile, the intricate details of railway operations-- and the timetables thereof (!)-- take the entire thing into a completely different realm. then we add in benedict cumberbatch's performance, which (like everything he does) is perfectly matched to the material. oh and there's a great piano theme tune... with engine whistles! :)
this is delighfully goofy, and i feel confident that whether you like it or not, you'll not have heard anything similar!
- Lauren Bergold