This adventure begins with a body on a train, the word 'Alex' scrawled on the compartment window, and the discovery of a visiting card bearing the name 'Mrs Trevelyan'. More bodies follow, and the two names recur on each occasion.
Paul's attempts to unravel the mystery take him to a psychiatrist's consulting room, a rendezvous in London's dockland, a hotel in Canterbury, and many other places before the denouement in a deserted mill and the Temples' elegant flat in London.
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Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Just good listening, for those of us who just hung out for our serials on the radio.
Develops a perfect, totally unreal atmosphere, within a lively story.
"even better than Sherlock Holmes"
This is a fantastic detective novel. It's beautifully structured keeping you guessing and on the edge of your seat while being easy to listen to. Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury bring their characters effortlessly into life allowing you to follow their journey unravelling the mystery.
These stories are pure escapism, and reveal so much about the era they were written, old fashioned and frequently sexist (the wife, Stevie, so often is the one who picks up the clues, or works out the motives not because she is smart you understand, but because she uses her "intuition"). Book after book, they find people, half dead, groaning in the bushes, bombs in car, and poison in drinks. The working classes are "the salt of the earth", women have "pasts" and dry martini's are to die for. And yet, and yet, theres something about the stories that is really relaxing and fun, or as Paul Temple might say "by Timothy they are good".............
"Paul Temple and the Alex Affair (Dramatised)"
If listeners are looking for a sharp complicated plot then this might not be for them. However, I was looking to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to reminisce about times, as a child, I listened avidly to every instalment of the Paul Temple Mysteries on our Bush radio. Without doubt this introduction to detective novels led to a lifelong love of the genre. Old fashioned certainly, but that is part of their charm for me and I am enjoying them as much now as I did 50+ years ago.
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