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Publisher's Summary

Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series.

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

'To Keep Him Honest': with big bets on a champion boxing match, the local crooks keep McLevy busy.

  • 'Picture of Innocence': a high court judge is dead, and suspicion falls on his wife.
  • 'The Chosen One': the Princess of the Occult is a sell-out success, but McLevy thinks she's a fraud.
  • 'The Reckoning': as Jean prepares for a wedding, death stalks McLevy.
  • 'A Bolt from the Blue': a corpse is found floating in Leith docks.
  • 'End of the Line': two ladies discover the body of a drunken Italian aristocrat at Waverley station.
  • 'Jack O'Diamonds': Jean Brash plans revenge on a sadistic client, but he is not a man to cross lightly.
  • 'Queen of Spades': Jean's battle with Caleb Grant has heartbreaking consequences.

Written by David Ashton, these atmospheric radio dramas costar Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Limited

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consistently good storytelling

another great collection of the dramatized stories of Edinburgh detective James McLevy. The characters are well fleshed out, the plots always interesting, and the choice of actors for all the parts is consistently good. The best part is Brian Cox as McLevy whose dry style fits the pieces perfectly. These 45 minute episodes are excellent listening and just the right length.

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Just great

I've always liked McLevy - Complex characters always fighting their conflicting personas, fighting each other, introspection not found in other characters. There's an honesty in each of them, criminals and cops and semi criminals that's quite charming. Jean's and James' relationship is full of delight, sexy interchange, cagey actions..always surprising. I love the actors - they are all so perfect for each role. I cant imagine I would like to listen to anyone else in any role. I discovered these books on BBC 4Xtra, and am so delighted I can buy them. Thanks.

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Superb

I’ve purchased the entire series and could not be more pleased. The characters come alive and I look forward to each episode. Also listening in chronological order increases the character and relational aspect of the series.

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The Excellence Continues

The very high quality storytelling and acting continue into this series. I ended up buying every single series. Once I fell into this world I really didn't want to climb out!

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  • 06-02-16

Brilliant

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I have got really hooked on Mclevy. Love the performances, love the stories. Historical accuracy but with that little bit of wit and even comedy. Cannot wait for the next series

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  • Louise
  • 07-14-18

Mclevy at his best

Brilliant, full cast dramatisation, listened many times, a nice cosy world created to visit again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-18

superb 👍<br />

just as good as the first two books.
strongly recommend these books if like I you love fullcast audio books

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  • Karen Mcferran
  • 05-23-18

Fantastic

Absolutely loved it, superb casting and very funny Dialogue between the Actors. highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-18

fantastic

great series great stories amazing performance love it highly recommended
unusual crimes taking place in victorian setting where a thief taker prowls. witty well written and great characters

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  • Bookworm
  • 12-19-17

McLean

Great to listen to. Narrated very well. Beautiful characters with big personalities. Would highly recommend to all.

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  • K
  • 08-02-17

Keep going - I'm loving them.

This is the third set in the series of radio plays (series 5 and 6 in the sequence) and they continue to delight.

The writing is still as amusing as ever but with enough gritty detail to give a plausible and often very sad insight into the underbelly of Victorian Edinburgh and the lives of those living in abject poverty.

Also, a stellar ensemble performance by the cast.

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  • Mrs F.
  • 04-03-16

Great Stories

I have all of the episodes now, I really enjoy listening. The actors in character are fantastic, I wish I had listened more when on Radio 4

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