Dr Watson comments: 'The stage lost a fine actor' when Holmes chose to devote his formidable talents to the solution of crime. In two of these stories, "The Reigate Squire" and "The Adventure of Beryl Coronet", Sherlock Holmes demonstrates his thespian powers as he unravels the mysteries. In the first he explains a rural murder while in the second, Holmes' timely intervention prevents something of a national, even royal, scandal.
Hearing a good dramatic recording of a play is always more enjoyable than reading the script. And while that's not always the case with fiction, it holds true for Naxos's series of Sherlock Holmes stories. The four collected here aren't the best Holmes stories, but they're tightly written, and their charm and suspense are magnified by David Timson's riveting narration. Timson, the reader for all the volumes in the series, is brilliantly convincing in his voices for Holmes, Watson, and all the butlers, squires, villains, and bit players.
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