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Publisher's Summary

It is 1879, and the young Detective Sergeant Sholto Lestrade has his work cut out for him as he investigates mysterious goings-on at "Lord" George Sanger's Circus. First, the best juggler in Europe is shot in full view of a thousand people. Then Huge Hughie the dwarf dies an agonising death whilst performing the Ether Trick. Finally, the Great Bolus dies by swallowing the wrong sword. And all of this comes after two bodies are found with multiple slashes... As a trail of murder is laid amongst the llama droppings, the world's second greatest detective goes undercover to solve the mystery.
©2000 Regnery Publishing, Inc; (P)2008 Soundings
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"Absolutely outrageous, absolutely hysterical." (Daily Telegraph)
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By C. Swan on 10-02-12

Good Story, Pity About The Narration

M J Trow gives a new slant on Conan Doyle's Lestrade.

Sergeant (later Inspector) Lestrade hunts a killer in Sanger's circus of Victorian times learning that "nothing is at it appears in a circus".

I have read this book before & enjoyed it so downloaded the audio version expecting the same pleasure. I don't know why the author decided to narrate his books but in my opinion it was a big mistake. M J Trow does not narrate his story well which is a great pity.

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By Linda Owen on 11-01-14

Interesting, well-written novel - poor narration

What made the experience of listening to Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring the most enjoyable?

The interesting story line, notable characters, and amusing dialog made this book enjoyable.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of M J Trow?

Gideon Emery

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The narrator’s omnipresent, loud breathing was too much of a distraction from the story.

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By Twizzle-cat on 06-13-14

Good story problem narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Thi story has good pace, great characters, lots of plot twists and a good measure of humour to keep the reader reading. But, it is read by the author and this lets it down. It sounds as though he is reading with a mouthful of drink which is very distracting from what is a very worthwhile and entertaining audio book.

What could M J Trow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I first read this series of books about 15 yrs ago they definitely stand up to a second visit. I wish they had a different reader

Would you listen to another book narrated by M J Trow?

Yes with another narrator

Could you see Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?


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By Mary Carnegie on 07-20-16

Murders absurd

Full of unashamedly bad puns, cultural allusions, often in very bad taste, it's a bit like "I'm sorry, I haven't a clue" with corpses. Don't expect historical accuracy or great literature, but it's entertaining, fast moving, and very, very silly....

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