On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes.In this first series, Father Paolo Baldi and his accomplice Tina investigate a string of mysterious crimes, including a murder at an Italian chip shop, the killing of a leading academic and a girl who falls victim to a devil-worshipping cult.
Follow the priest-cum-sleuth’s thrilling adventures as he solves mysteries throughout Ireland.The episodes included are:
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ANTI-SPOILER alert! The first two tracks are out of order. The Prodigal Son, Track 2, announces itself as the first episode of a new detective series.
Listen to that one first.
Otherwise very enjoyable series. I went on to buy them all. They bear a second or third listen, spaced a few years apart.
If you like this, try Charles Paris, by the same writer. Much more humour in those books and more enjoyable, in my view.
Baldi is brilliantly characterised in this series by David Threlfall, and they're wonderful (if implausible) stories for a bit of late night listening. Sadly the opening story is not actually the beginning of the series - but this glitch aside, it was thoroughly enjoyable.
"Great radio series"
Paul Threfall and supporting cast are great at bringing to life this brilliant series. Well worth listening too. Looking forward to listening to the rest of these.
"Didn't enjoy these books - too short"
I found the stories too short and just didn't get involved in the storylines. Didn't finish the audiobook
"An unlikely detective"
An excellent suite of performances by all concerned, but particularly the superb David Threfall (to convincingly play a Franciscan friar and then so completely 'become' Frank Gallagher is remarkable).
The radio play format is one that I particularly enjoy and I find it engages the listener much more than a simple narration.
The Baldi stories aren't, to the best of my knowledge, available as books (if they are, I'd really like to read them).
Its hard not to feel compassion for Baldi's uneasy relationship with his vocation, being in the secular world and his desire to help solve crimes is skillfully pitched throughout these stories.
Another series would be wonderful!
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