The Beast Must Die : Nigel Strangeways

  • by Nicholas Blake
  • Narrated by Kris Dyer
  • Series: Nigel Strangeways
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the Observer's 1,000 novels everyone must read, The Beast Must Die is a darkly compelling psychological thriller in which a crime writer plans to commit the perfect murder. The fourth Nigel Strangeways mystery.
Respected crime writer Frank Cairns plots the perfect murder - a murder that he himself will commit. Cairns intends to murder the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son, but when his intended victim is found dead and Cairns becomes the prime suspect, the author insists that he has been framed. An old friend of Cairns calls in private detective Nigel Strangeways, who must unravel a fiendishly plotted mystery if he is to discover what really happened to George Rattery.
About the author: Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write 19 more crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations. During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

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What the Critics Say

"A fiendishly baffling murder" (Observer)
"Ingenious" (P.D. James)
"An engaging yarn" (Guardian)

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Customer Reviews

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Narration is very bad

What did you like best about The Beast Must Die? What did you like least?

The story is wonderful - as are all Nigel Blake's books. I least liked the narration - painful to listen to.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Main character - the protagonist


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kris Dyer?

Jonathan Cecil, Hugh Fraser, Stephen Thorne, Nigel Lambert, Diana Bishop


Did The Beast Must Die inspire you to do anything?

I'm considering returning the book.


Any additional comments?

A huge disappointment. A favorite author with many more title available from Audible, but will not purchase because of narration.

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- Donna M Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios