Michael Pearce's mysteries are interesting and appealing if you like to be immersed in historical fiction set in countries we don't read much about. I have read or listened to 3 of his novels and haven't become bored. To me they are at least as good as John Grisham. The narrator, Nigel Carrington can do many different characters plausibly; he is very good.
Bill Wallis is a phenomenal narrator. He does multiple voices with different accents that are remarkably convincing and distinctive. It's like listening to a cast.
The imagery of a foreign country which comes through from the writing is vivid. The story is a little too much like the last Michael Pearce novel I listened to but still pretty interesting.
I didn't pay enough attention to the details of the description but, when I first listened, realized this wasn't the original. One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading Sherlock Holmes is the prose, including quirky names and details. For example, in "The Speckled Band", the cheetah and the ape, running loose on the estate.
Little of this is present in this adaptation. Perhaps this retelling is o.k. for a child first hearing the Sherlock Holmes short stories but for those of us who love these stories and were looking for a good performance of the classic, it leaves something the be desired.
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