For Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, a visit to the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Amadeus is not an ideal evening’s entertainment. But loyalty to his wife, Joyce, means that attending the first night is a must. Backstage, nerves are fraying. The leading man is taking his role far too much to heart. For Salieri (alias Essalyn Carmichael), suspecting that his wife is having an affair, has decided to wring the truth out of the guilty party on stage. His final act proves to be a pièce de résistance and when the scene takes a particularly gruesome turn, Barnaby finds that his professional skills are called to the fore.
©1989 Caroline Graham (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
An avid Caroline Graham reader, I own them all, have listened to them repeatedly, and have finally figured out why, as a reader, Hugh Ross leaves me feeling so ambivalent. In the narration of the story line, he can be very annoying, with pauses and/or emphasis in wrong places, treating the end of each line like the end of a sentence, and so on and so forth. However, as a narrator of dialogue, he is top-notch. The only area he trips up in is the narration of occasional women's voices, sometimes lending them a harsh-edged, snooty-sounding tone that doesn't jibe with the character herself as described. However, that did not occur in Death of a Hollow Man, and I recommend it freely and heartily. In fact, it's my favorite Caroline Graham audio book.
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