The Toff and Old Harry

  • by John Creasey
  • Narrated by George Hagan
  • 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Available as digital audio for the very first time, The Toff Series from Grand Master of fiction John Creasey.
The Hon. Richard Rollison, alias "The Toff", decides to find gangland leader "Old Harry". But things start to look black for Rollison when rumours start that he is actually "Old Harry".
John Creasey (1908-1973) published over 600 books under 20+ different pseudonyms. In 1969 he was given the the Mystery Writers of America’s highest Honour, the Grand Master award.


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Customer Reviews

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Good Classic Detective Story; Some Recording Flaws

The Toff is a detective in the mold of Lord Peter Wimsey, an aristocratic sleuth with impeccable taste and connections up and down the social ladder. The story is a satisfying classic British Golden Age mystery. Unfortunately, the otherwise outstanding reading is flawed by the sound of pages turning and the occasional chair squeak. It's a measure of how spoiled this longtime Audible listener is that these two small flaws seemed so distracting. I recommend this "listen" to fans of Marsh, Christie and Sayers. Once you've listened to everything the the three great Empresses have written 3-4 times over, you have to face the fact that you are going to listen to some of the Dukes and Duchesses of mystery writing. And that isn't so bad!
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- Constance

Old fashioned, very tame, but I liked it.

What did you like about this audiobook?

Yes. The title character is a wonder, rich, brilliant beloved by the poor and criminal class, but we never get to see this demonstrated. For most of the book the

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The Toff is a great character, but is not developed. The same could be said for all of the other characters as well. They are introduced with much promise but it is never fulfilled.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

The opening scene where the mysterious girl and the mysterious stranger who seems so kind and omniscient save the desperate nephew from drowning himself to get back at his rich uncle.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The Toff's friendship with the poor and criminal class, neither patronising nor judgmental, was inspiring. I would like to know more poor people and criminals. Seriously.

Do you have any additional comments?

I am a fan of Creasy, and, actually, of most British mystery writers of a certain age--like Michael Gilbert, Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendell, and the Inspector Banks novelist (name escapes me at present). There is an innocence about these well-told stories that appeals to me in contrast to the stories featuring a martial arts master, ace sharpshooter and lady-killing hero who beats everyone up or shoots them to catch a really diabolic serial killer, for example--though I love Jack Reacher,too.

My only additional comment is that the questions I have answered here, that you asked, have no relation to the questions that appear in the review as published which makes me look like an idiot.

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- Angus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios