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Cajoled into auditioning for a local play by the formidable Mrs Dalrymple, Bert Hook finds that amateur dramatics are not quite as he imagined. He meets a rather surprising cast of characters: moody Michael Carey, a talented actor with a big future ahead of him; shoplifter Becky Clegg, who claims she has put her disreputable past behind her; and Jack Dawes, with a history of violent crime. But there is a much bigger surprise in store for Hook. When the play's director is found with his throat slashed, Hook is responsible for uncovering the truth - and fast. Who is innocent, who is just playing a part, and who is rotten to the core?
©2007 J. M. Gregson; (P)2008 Soundings
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Critic Reviews

"Efficiently written, solidly plotted British procedural that delivers what fans of the genre want....Engaging, enjoyable, and well crafted, this is sure to please fans of Simon Brett's Charles Paris novels, also set in the world of British theater." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Constance on 08-08-12

Great Interesting Mystery!

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What a find! In the tradition of Ngaio Marsh's theatrical mysteries, this story introduces an amateur theatrical group that harbors a universally hated director and many suspects for his brutal murder. The pleasure of reading this type of mystery is centered on the gradually revelation of different layers of people's character and experience. The narration is perfect, and the story is riveting without being sickeningly gory. Highly recommended for lovers of intelligent British mysteries.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 12-13-14

Good narrator but weak story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story moves at an unnecessarily slow pace and I found myself groaning at some of the writing. I didn't care about any of the characters in spite of the narrator's efforts to give them life but the dialogue wasn't up to it and the characters did not show any credible development. There was no suspense in this "detective" story, no relevant clues, just red herrings - and it was too easy to guess whodunnit.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. M. Gregson again?


Have you listened to any of Gareth Armstrong’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I chose this book simply on the strength of the narrator's past performances. His voice has a good range and is easy to listen to. Without it, I should certainly not have bothered to listen to the end.

What character would you cut from Something Is Rotten?

Not a helpful question in this case.

Any additional comments?

I realise that all this is just my opinion. It seems from other reviews that I am very much in the minority. I wrote this just to warn others who read the five star reviews that they might, like me, be disappointed if they use a credit on this.

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