McNally's Secret

Archy McNally, Book 1
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Series: Archy McNally, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....

©1992 The Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Forgettable? Yeah, Like A Savory Rich Desert!

Probably next week Archy McNally's "Adventure of the Inverted Jennies" will flow completely out of my memory. So what? There are deserts that were so delightful I'll recommend them to everyone who asks. Deserts don't change lives. Don't direct or even inform them. But they can be delightful, huh?

That's what this craftily prepared story is… Archy lives in a note-perfect, imaginary culture that evokes Fred and Ginger twirling through platinum and crystal settings. Victor Bevine ices Sanders' cake thick with stylish characters who you'll see and hear and enjoy.

I'm off to download another order of Archy from the Lawrence Sanders' section of the Audio bookshelf. Dunno about you, but I may not remember the details of a perfect desert, yet when I see it on the menu, I'll order it quicker than the summer heat rises in posh Boca Raton.

One word for this book…. "Yummy!"

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Great McNally book; uninspiring performance

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The McNally series is always good for a nice entertaining adventure and this book offers a good story with the usual dose of McNally humor.
Unfortunately, the performance is really not good. To be fair to the narrator, there is nothing particularly wrong about his performance, but if you have listened to any of the McNally book narrated by Adam Henderson, you would this performance pales in comparison. While Adam Henderson brilliantly portrays the edgy character and witty humor, the performance in this book simply falls flat. I was very happy that Audible decided to produce the McNally series, since I have been unable to find many of the books in unabridged format, but I am very disappointed by the choice of narrator.

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Good story but narration is lacking

While the narrator tells the story there is not real feeling to the character. Nathan Lane portrayed an excellent McNally. Giving life and style to the character. Boyd Gaines continued the light hearted character. This narrator has treated this as a real mystery rather than a light hearted romp through the Gold Coast. This is supposed to be a spoof on the wealthy of PalmBeach Florida.

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Where is the sass?

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I loved reading the McNally books and was delighted to see them available on Audible. The story is still as good as ever, and Victor Bevine was great reader with one exception. That exception, alas, is Archie himself. He seems to deliver Archie's best lines as if he were reciting a mathematical formula. The sass, the flippancy is lacking. There were times I wanted to shout out, 'don't be so damn solemn'. I may try another to see if he changes his delivery any (and it may be the director's fault, not the reader) but I probably will not. Too bad. I enjoy the character very much, but not like this.

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Glad it was on sale...

The one liners are creative, but I found I didn't care about any of the characters and ultimately the story line didn't engage me much either.

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McNally's Secret

If I'm going to partake of a light-hearted, even silly detective series, I'll take Sanders over Evanovich any day.

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Always Good

I really like the McNally books. Always well written and great stories. The best ones were the early ones written by Sanders himself.

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“To Catch s Thief” without Cary Grant

I loved the “Deadly Sins” series and liked the “Commandments” series by Sanders. I happened onto a list of his books and saw he had written more McNally books than any other group. So I tried one. Sigh. Instead of gritty New York scenes, a world-weary detective, and pastrami on rye, we get Palm Springs nouveau riche, a wealthy playboy and salt-water taffy. Which is okay. Just don’t expect Edward X Delaney. He didn’t make the trip south.

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mystery wrapped in fun

easy read or listen. interesting characters and plot with the right amount of humor for a dective stiry

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My First McNally won't be My Last!

I heard about this series years ago. I used to work with someone who loved these books. He tried to tell me how much fun they were. Somehow, I never got around to them. This is light escapist fun with a rakish titular protagonist and a winning supporting cast! Recommended if you want to enjoy a light mystery with a character you'd like to share a meal with. Moreover, Victor Bevine's performance of the reading seems to capture Archy's attitudes about life well.

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  • 05-03-18

Great read indeed!

Archie McNally is a great character, a genius creation by the incomparable Lawrence Sanders. Loved every minute of it.