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This is another of the lovely 'period' mysteries, whose depiction of time and place is a pleasure in itself. This was a world in which it was necessary to explain what the rearview mirror in a car was, and what it was for; in which tobacco was a universal solace and a celebration supper still consisted of mutton.
But this is also a very cleverly-plotted mystery, with several twists that I didn't foresee (including the last one, which came as a real surprise). The character of Trent is mildly attractive, being a classic, slightly eccentric gentleman sleuth. One does not become deeply engaged with any of the characters, but they are interesting and sympathetic enough to hold ones interest.
The narrator did a excellent job, with good pacing and a pleasant voice. He manages to make the characters distinctive, without straining to 'act them out' in a literal sense.
I found this an unusually enjoyable listen, one of the best of its genre. A real pleasure.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Euphuism (got that off Stephen Fry) might have been fine in 1913 but more used to the laconic detectives of later decades I was, after 8 and half hours, fed up with it. Another version cuts the book to 3 hours. Good as a renowned period piece.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The brazen contrivance of the plot.
What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s voice?
Tedious. Monotonous. Slow.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Having read the book I might, just to see what they made of it.
Any additional comments?
The advertised afterword from Dorothy Sayers seems to be missing.
Narration is improved by tweaking the speed up a bit.
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