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Paul Temple and the Kelby Affair | [Francis Durbridge]

Paul Temple and the Kelby Affair

This thrilling story sees Paul and Steve investigating a baffling abduction that soon turns into a murder case. Returning from an author tour of America, Paul is met at the dockside by his publisher Scott Reed, who wants him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alfred Kelby. Reed had entrusted Kelby with a sensational diary written by Margaret Spender, the mistress of Lord Delamore, containing several clues pointing to the murderer of Delamore.
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This thrilling story sees Paul and Steve investigating a baffling abduction that soon turns into a murder case. Returning from an author tour of America, Paul is met at the dockside by his publisher Scott Reed, who wants him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alfred Kelby. Reed had entrusted Kelby with a sensational diary written by Margaret Spender, the mistress of Lord Delamore, containing several clues pointing to the murderer of Delamore. When Kelby is strangled, and the diary stolen, it seems that the two events are connected. But could there be another motive for Kelby's murder? Paul is determined to find out....

©1970 Francis Durbridge (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Chappers
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Average whodunnit improved by excellent narrator"

    Much as I usually enjoy Paul Temple novels, I found this one to be a rather pedestrian and slightly depressing whodunnit with almost a 'country house murder mystery' feel to it. It's brilliantly read by Toby Stephens, whose entertaining characterisations and sense of drama lift this average story into an acceptable listen.

    It didn't help that I spotted the killer very early on, and spent the rest of the time wondering why nobody else seemed to notice! But my major problem was that I didn't warm to the characters - particularly the aloof academic Alfred Kelby who's kidnapped in Chapter One. So I couldn't have cared less when he turned up dead in Chapter Two. Virtually everybody seems to be either dejected and resentful about their failures in life or weighed down with guilt. There's only one minor character who brings a bit of much-needed light relief. There's also a very depressing section where one of the guilty parties commits suicide - not something I'd have expected in the normally lightweight Temple stories. So all in all the Kelby Affair left me, just like its characters, feeling a bit depressed.

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