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What made the experience of listening to Murder at the Savoy the most enjoyable?
The charactors and acting gave me the whole scene in my imagination
Who was your favorite character and why?
Beck long suffering but does never fails to see the hipocracy of his superiors but appreciates the skills of his team who contribute to his sucesses
Which character – as performed by Neil Pearson – was your favourite?
Neil Pearson Colbert is sympathetic charactor who cares too much but his inteligence is often the key to the element in solving tricky cases
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The hidden dark side of swedish society
Any additional comments?
If you enjoy inteligent and realistic drama without the modern trend for voyerism like in CSI
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I have read and heard other examples of the Martin Beck stories written by this husband and wife couple credited as the parents of Scandinavian crime stories. In this one they are their most polemnical about the unfairness they see in Swedish society and the story suffers as a result. Because of previous experience, I was less surprised how marginal Martin Back is in the story and also appreciated the mild irony of one of his main critics coming up with an improbable source of help. There are plot twists and the narrative is shared by two actors who give it the deadpan, matter of fact narration that suits the writing of this writing team.
There are earlier and better examples of the style, story telling and character development and description. It is the worst Martin Beck story that I have encountered, but have three left to go.
I don't want to spoil the ending, but I found it unsatisfying and unsympathetic as well as feeling a little cheated.
The main mercy is that at less than an hour, I did not feel that I wasted too much time.