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Beware of the Trains

And Other Stories
Narrated by: Philip Bird
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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Who burglarised the train heading for Victoria Station and whatever became of its conductor? Did the village idiot or Mrs Foley murder the mean-spirited Edgar Foley? Or could the constable be responsible for the devious deed? Who on earth will be able to untangle the affair of the disappearing car, the black necktie, and the abortive theft?

©1981 Barbara Montgomery (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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I Have a New Favorite Golden Age Mystery Writer

Oddly enough, he was the friend of one of my favorite 20th Century poets, Philip Larkin. Be that as it may, judging from the quality of these 16 short stories, I now have 5 novels and another collection of short stories to enjoy, each superbly written and superbly performed. Edmund Crispin richly deserves his niche as the last of the great practitioners of Golden Age detective fiction. His creation, Gervase Fen, professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford, is the beau ideal of amateur sleuths--even though the last two stories in this collection get along very well without him.

During the first few minutes of the first story, I feared that Philip Bird's pace might be a tad too quick. Either he slowed down or I got used to it, because I'm looking forward to listening to him again and again.

One note: the organization of this volume is clear and rational: each story gets a track, with the exception of the final mystery, which covers the last two tracks. Good to know as one plans one's listening.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 02-13-13

Very Nice

A good selection of short stories, narrated well and written to hold interest.



Clues are fair and the plots well thought out. (I think Edmund Crispin was a founder member of the Detective Writers' Club who formed the rules for writing detective fiction so as to be fair to the reader).



I found this highly entertaining and would have no trouble recommending it.



Thank you, Audible, for introducing some classic detective fiction that is extremely well read.

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  • Jean the Bean
  • 05-05-15

Classic Crispin

A slightly breathless delivery in this narration but well characterised. Short stories, many including Inspector Humbleby, with the usual Crispin twists and unlikely plots. All good fun and a must for Crispin/Fen fans.

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  • Fes
  • 02-02-19

Enjoyable murder mystery short stories

I really enjoyed these short storie. They are well read and each has good twists to entertain and keep you guessing.

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  • D
  • 10-07-18

excellent reading of variable short stories

These stories are a mixed bunch in terms of structure but they all have a pleasant, light tone. The last story in the set is an atmospheric and poignant classic. The narrator is exactly right for them, a great, flexible voice.