A great entry into John Creasy's Scotland Yard crime fiction series, Inspector West Regrets hits all the notes that make a great sleuthing story. In a performance ranging from severe to puckish, Tim Bentinck makes all the characters - especially the titular Rodger West - thrilling to listen to.
Inspector Rodger "Handsome" West of Scotland Yard, is once again called in for a mysterious murder case. The victim: Anthony Kelham, found dead in his infamous financier father's library. And the suspects make up a long list: from enemies, and rivals of the notorious financier to Grisdale Fayne the spurned love and the shadowy figure Mr. Alexander. It is up to chief inspector West to solve this case - and rescue his reputation.
Chattworth, the assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, was pensive. "We aren't doing very well, West, are we?" Andrew Kelham interested a lot of people, not least the Home Office. Three days before, his son had been murdered, his cleaner throttled.
Since then, life had been anything but easy for Inspector Roger 'Handsome' West of the Yard. He'd received a bloody nose, been sandbagged, robbed of important papers, shot at, and accused of gross neglect of duty. A bit of good luck would certainly have not gone amiss. Enter the fantastically lovely Mrs Kelham…
Master crime fiction writer John Creasey's near 600 titles have sold more than 80 million copies in over 25 languages across 100 countries under both his own name and more than 20 other pseudonyms. His style varied with each identity and led to him being regarded as a literary phenomenon. Amongst the many series written were Gideon of Scotland Yard, The Toff, The Baron, Dr. Palfrey and Inspector West, as J. J. Marric, Michael Halliday, Patrick Dawlish and others.
During his lifetime Creasey enjoyed an ever-increasing reputation both in the UK and overseas, especially the USA. This was further enhanced by constant revision of his works in order to assure the best possible be presented to his fans and also by many awards, not least of which was being honoured twice by the Mystery Writer's of America, latterly as Grand Master.
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