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Eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh, starring Brian Cox. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh, bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.
'The Firebrand': a women's rights campaigner is kidnapped, and it's up to McLevy to investigate.
'Dead Reckoning': a strange case of grave robbing has McLevy puzzled.
'Prince of Darkness': one of Jean Brash's old lovers is back from the dead - and out for revenge.
'A Distant Death': McLevy's nightmares of death by drowning seem about to come true....
'The Blue Gown': with the help of Jean Brash, McLevy investigates the death of a seamstress.
'Flesh and Blood': a student is accused when a tavern brawl ends in murder.
'A Fine Deception': suspicion falls on a stage magician after a jewel robbery at Edinburgh Castle.
'The Last Illusion': McLevy must prove his theory that a celebrated conjurer is a thief.
Brian Cox stars as Inspector McLevy, with Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.
Duration: six hours approx.
©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By The Nurse on 12-19-16

Just Keeps Getting Better

Every series continues with the same high quality writing, plots, and acting. I recommend every series very highly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By E. Kress on 01-17-18


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This whole series is terrific! The stories, the plotting and the acting. I wish there were twenty more with the same cast! A hidden gem!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-19-18

I love Mclevy

fantastic cast who never disappoint original and fast moving stories centring around a man who is jaded yet witty clever and daring I would recommend wholeheartedly

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5 out of 5 stars
By Highlight on 10-14-17


I have all of these Mclevy radio productions and love them all. These are recreations from the book of true events from the diary of the real Scottish McLevy who’s life was spent policing the streets of Edinburgh during the Victorian era. The writer David Ashton (who also splendedly plays McLevy’s boss) has done a great job translating these into marvellous hilarious shows of murder, intrigue, treachary, slander, kidnapping, you name it, it is all in these great shows. We get fantastic value for money/credit with at least 6 to 7 hours of pure fun entertainment for each series. Brian Cox is superb, he is McLevy bringing the fascinating character to full life, he is so witty you will have lots of laughs wishing that this series could just keep going on. PLEASE! LETS HAVE MORE! 🌹

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