While on patrol outside Oxford, two policemen notice a stolen car parked in a layby. On further investigation, they discover the dead body of a young woman huddled in the boot, strangled with a headscarf. Planning a trip to Paris, Paul and Steve Temple have no intention of becoming involved in the case, dubbed the Tyler Mystery. But when Sir Graham Forbes discloses that the main suspect is Harry Shelford, a man Paul put away for fraud four years previously, the Temples feel compelled to investigate.
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Toby Stephens breathes life into the characters and the story of Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery. I'm not sure I would have cared to read this in book form, but in audio form it's brilliant. The performance draws you into another time and place, and, what could seem "dated" in the story is actually made charming.Stephens flows effortlessly between accents and characters, so that you actually forget you are listening to one performer, and are simply drawn into the mystery.I intend to listen again, because a good book with a great performance always warrants another listen!
I enjoy the eccentric villagers Steve and Paul always seem to encounter in their investigations. I always get a laugh from them.
Yes. I've never heard an audio performance of Toby Stephens that was any less than brilliant, and this is no exception.
No, but I wish I had the time!
More books narrated by Toby Stephens, please!
"The glamourous Temples are at it again"
Brilliantly read by Toby Stephens, this is typical Temple fare with lots of mysterious goings-on, a plentiful mix of well-heeled and more downtrodden suspects, some glamourous and unusual locations, and a dramatic cocktail party denouement.
Set in the late 1950s, Paul and Steve have just moved into their Eaton Square flat so there's quite a bit about their expensive lifestyle and furnishing tastes, and some unusually lyrical descriptions of how the gorgeous Steve was born to live with Adam fireplaces and mahogany antiques. But the action soon gets going when a gallery assistant asks them to transport a box of cigars to his brother in Paris. In the meantime the young shop assistants at a posh women's salon are put in fear of their lives when two of their colleagues are bumped off for no apparent reason. There's no jet-setting off to international destinations in this one, but the storyline's strong enough to make the most of the interesting UK locations.
Paul's cronies at Scotland Yard are strongly in evidence, though I'm unsure why the narrator chose to furnish poor old hard-working Inspector Vosper with a rather grating uneducated accent. Perhaps he'd been described that way in earlier books? Apart from this criticism, Toby Stephens brings a great sense of drama to the story with diverse characterisations and spot-on accents. (His Welsh farmer reminded me of Philip Madoc.) He's an intelligent narrator with an easy-on-the-ear voice who thankfully doesn't feel the need to raise his pitch by several octaves when speaking the women's parts. Based on this one, I'll definitely buy more unabridged Paul Temple books read by Toby Stephens.
All in all a highly enjoyable tale with lots of red herrings and suspicious characters cluttering up the plot. The sense of time and place is very well done too.
Usually listen to Paul Temple on the radio but not heard this one broadcast before. Really good.
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