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G.V.

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  • Face to Face

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ellery Queen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When Gloria Guild, the singing “Glory” of the 30s and millionaire wife of Count Carlos Armando, is murdered, she leaves only one clue: the word “face” written in her dying scrawl. Who or what is “face”? Ellery and his father the Inspector, British agent Harry Burke, and Sergeant Velle all get involved. Ellery’s search takes him from the Bowery to a way-out wedding before he arrives at a shocking conclusion.

    John S. says: "Silly and dated"
    "Review of FACE TO FACE by Ellery Queen"
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    Would you listen to Face to Face again? Why?

    Yes, undoubtedly. I always do. First to listen to, then to see if there's any flaws or gafts in the plot. I always do mysteries.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Face to Face?

    The scene when Ellery deducted the meaning of the clue "FACE". Actually, that whole part is a bit far fetched. And I'm not going to give anything away. It's still a good tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, far to long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Please forgive the Scottish Brough. It was intertaining. And Ellery's use of extremely big words when simpler ones would do.

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  • Colour Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (96)

    It was a horrible death: Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised, or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted...if he wasn't a spy himself.

    Leslie says: "Waiting on R. Alleyn"
    "WWII era British type mystery --"
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    Ngaio Marsh likes to do a big long build up to the murder as usual. 2/3 is set up, 1/6 is characters trying to think it out then 1/6 cops determing what happen. The usual Marsh mystery. This tale starts with a suspected enemy agent signalling when a ship leaves port. Setting is WWII New Zealand. Of course we know who it is, except others think he's stealing Maori artifacts. And everyone at the out of the way hot springs resort in turns into a detective. And of course Mr Questing the mysterious businessman/spy/artifact thief/whatever, disappears. Possibly stubbling into hot mud pit or pushed in, or staged a disappearance for a getaway. Well written, well constructed set of unique characters.

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