Part history, part fiction, The Masters of Bow Street tells this engaging story about the birth of the modern police force. Prolific crime writer John Creasey's audiobook paints a dramatic picture of 18th-century England, complete with murders, hangings, brothels, drunks, and dark alleys. Rupert Farley gives a tremendous performance. His British accent and sharp diction fit the tone and setting of this account. He deliciously paces every word, creating an aura of suspense and mystery, exciting the listener who waits for every next line. Farley's dialogue especially shines; each character speaks with his own voice, accent, and traits. Listeners won't likely pause this audiobook.
John Creasey's magnum opus takes the reader on a journey from the vibrant squalor of 18th century London to the dawning of the Victorian age. Into this epic novel of family life and the struggle between crime and justice, the story of the foundation of Scotland Yard is woven, with all its trials and tribulations. A richly detailed historical saga, this book is a treat for all those looking to learn more about the institution that inspired so many of John Creasey's thrilling crime mysteries.
Born in Surrey, England in 1908 into a poor family in which there were nine children, John Creasey grew up to be a true master story teller and international sensation. His more than 600 crime, mystery and thriller titles have now sold 80 million copies in 25 languages. These include many popular series such as Gideon of Scotland Yard, The Toff, Dr Palfrey and The Baron. Creasey wrote under many pseudonyms, explaining that booksellers had complained he totally dominated the 'C' section in stores.
Never one to sit still, Creasey had a strong social conscience, and stood for Parliament several times, along with founding the One Party Alliance which promoted the idea of government by a coalition of the best minds from across the political spectrum. He founded the British Crime Writers' Association, which to this day celebrates outstanding crime writing. The Mystery Writers of America bestowed upon him the Edgar Award for best novel and then in 1969 the ultimate Grand Master Award.
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"gripping historical fiction."
if you are a fan of historical fiction this is one of the best if not the best I have listened to.
well written with enough description to give you the feeling of the time and place and not overdone as some authors do.
my favourite character is john furnival who tried for the most part of his life to bring about a crime fighting force paid for by the government. ruth, his wife, say he is a giant of a man which is very true.
next is james marshall who we meet at the beginning of the book who tries to help john furnival.
in the latter part of the book it is the grandsons of these men who take up the fight.
in Rupert Farley they couldn't have picked any better person the perform this book. he brought the book to life giving voices and accents to all the people making it a book that says in your memory.
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