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A decent country-house mystery, written by the poet Cecil Day-Lewis under his Blake pseudonym, but sadly almost ruined by the reader. Dyer's accents are heavy-handed, but it's the Shatner-like inappropriate breath-breaks that really make this a tough listen.
It's not the best of the Nicholas Blake books and you'll solve the mystery early on—but that's not so bad, makes a person feel clever to know the truth before the sleuths do. I hope the publisher continues to produce Blakes, but with a new reader please.
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If you could sum up Thou Shell of Death: Nigel Strangeways, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?
Classical convoluted whodunnit
What was one of the most memorable moments of Thou Shell of Death: Nigel Strangeways, Book 2?
Nigel visiting Ireland
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Nigel being invited for a sparring bout
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It is light-hearted entertainment in the style of Agatha Christie and others - all about a gentleman sleuth. To enjoy, but not particularly moving.
Any additional comments?
Nicholas Blake is the pseudonym of Cecil Day-Lewis (yup, father of Daniel Day-Lewis). He was a professor in English Literature, specifically poetry, and taught poetry in Oxford. That is apparent in this book and others in the series. The language is in places quite rich and fruity, there are numerous references to poets and quotations from their work, and the odd reference to Oxford. Nigel Strangeways may be a gentleman sleuth, but on many occasions he comes across as an eccentric Oxford don and bachelor. The narrator actually portrays him thus as well, making him sound somewhat older than he apparently is. In the previous book he drank enormous amounts of tea, and although very fond of it still, his consumption is somewhat less in this book. The narration is excellent by the way.
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