If you had to solve a particularly perplexing crime in the late Victorian age, who would you choose as your model detective? Sherlock Holmes, with his magnifying glass and opium habit? Sir Percy Blakeney, with his impenetrably secret identity? How about Augustus S. F. X Van Dusen, otherwise known as "The Thinking Machine"?
Try out their styles and many more in this classic compendium of short stories from the early masters of detective fiction. Each story is faithfully performed by a unique voice, giving the listener over 12 hours of exciting and stylistically varied whodunits.
The treasures in this collection include:
"The Assyrian Rejuvinator" by Clifford Ashton
"The Ripening Rubies" by Max Pemberton
"The Murder at Troyte's Hill" by C.L. Pirkis
"The Absent Minded Coterie" by Robert Barr
"How He Cut His Stick" by M. Bodkin
"The Problem of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle
"The Unknown Weapon" by Andrew Forester
"The Dublin Mystery" by Baroness Orczy
"The Lenton Croft Mysteries" by Arthur Morrison
"The Case of the Dixon Torpedo" by Arthur Morrison
"The Glascow Mystery" by Baroness Orczy
©1988 Jimcin Recordings
The stories range from outstanding to jut OK. The narration ranges from very good to very bad. This collection is worth the credit. If you're on one you don't like, hang in there. There are some not to be missed.
"Great stories, terrible readings"
Some of the greatest detective stories mangled by poor reading. Almost without fail the readers demonstrate a lack of understanding of where emphasis should be placed, to the point of implying that they do not understand the story. Accents are equally appalling. My fault for buying without listening to the sample, had I realised how bad the readers were I would not have purchased. Be warned.
"Hit and Miss"
The stories themselves are a lovely range of stories by authors often over looked in the belief that only Conan Doyle and Wilkie Collins wrote detective stories at this time. Unfortunately these classic stories are sometimes let down by the choice of readers. Two had me disparing before the first sentence was finished, but the rest were read well enough for me to hear stories that I hadn't come across before.
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