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Publisher's Summary

Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class amongst the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect. To clear himself, he must cooperate with formidable Detective Chief Inspector Henrietta Mallin.

©2005 by Peter Lovesey. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audio

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improbable but very entertaining

Would you listen to The Circle again? Why?

Another entertaining book by Peter Livesey. Though the solution is quite convoluted and improbable. Prebble is terrific as ever. An amusing nod to Agatha Cristie was a nice touch<br/>

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Clever and very amusing.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Circle to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. I've read all of Lovesey's Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin books and loved them, but hearing them read by a talented performer is the tops.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

Naomi and Zach's collaboration on the e-book, probably. Her no nonsense approach and his private thoughts are priceless.

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I confess that I look out for audio books narrated by Simon Prebble. He does a great job distinguishing between the characters with his vast arsenal of "voices". He uses accent, inflection, tempo, volume etc., to the best advantage. A wonderful performer!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh my, yes. I laughed a lot. Mr.Lovesey is hip to the vernacular. The characters and dialog are priceless!

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Nice mystery--witty and a bit old-fashioned.

What did you love best about The Circle?

I liked the dry, sardonic wit with which Lovesey writes. His characters may sometimes be caricatures but rather deliciously so. Bob Naylor, one of the primary characters, is particularly effective.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

I liked the illustration of aspiring authors and their sad franticness.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He has an excellent voice--I love British accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I carefully allocate my Audible reads to when I am working out at the gym. This one motivated me to work out longer, which is always a plus.

Any additional comments?

I am a rather old-fashioned lover of the Golden Age of Mystery novels. I believe that Lovesey writes in that style. I will be buying more of his books.

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Interesting plot

Mr Lovesey has introduced some interesting characters involved in a plot that
leaves you guessing till the end.

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One of Lovesy's best

Very taught storyline, suspenseful with sly humor and a nod to Agatha Christie. I was flummoxed until the very end.

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One of the best, most intertaining books

Would you listen to The Circle again? Why?

No. Because now that I have read the book, I know the details of the mystery and who did what.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the book is well written and designed to keep one reading.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

The chief detective was a favorite.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A mystery sure to become a classic.

Any additional comments?

Read it and enjoy.

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Pleasant but not engrossing

I always enjoy listening to Simon Prebble and that may be one of the reasons I enjoyed this listen. If you are an aspiring writer or a member of a writer's group, you will enjoy this book. I loved the quotes about writers at the beginning of each chapter. This is barely about a police investigation, most of it is from the POV of members of the writing circle. I was surprised by the ending. The cover says there is an appearance by Peter Diamond but I don't know that three or four lines of dialogue unrelated to the story merit mentioning his name on the cover of the book.