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Surfeit of Suspects

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Following a mysterious explosion, the offices of Excelsior Joinery Company are no more; the three directors are killed and the peace of a quiet town in Surrey lies in ruins. When the supposed cause of an ignited gas leak is dismissed and the presence of dynamite revealed, Superintendent Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is summoned to the scene. But beneath the sleepy veneer of Evingden lies a hotbed of deep-seated grievances. Confounding Littlejohn's investigation is an impressive cast of suspicious persons, each concealing their own ax to grind.

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Wonderful

A marvelous plot! Loved the character of Littlejohn. All the intrigue is very contemporary. Great book

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  • H. Tollyfield
  • 11-21-19

Classic Bellairs

George Bellairs is not to everyone's taste, but if you enjoy his stories, as I do, the this is well worth a listen. Set in small-town England the story quickly gets to grips with setting the scene for the crime and defines a closed set of suspects for Inspector Littlejohn to sort through in order to identify the criminal. Of course each suspect has a back story and each of these sheds light on the central crime and, eventually, the person who committed it. As with all Bellairs stories the characters are slightly exaggerated to emphasise their strong or conversely weak personalities and this provides for a degree of humour throughout. David Thorpe's narration was excellent and he made it easy to tell the different characters apart. However, for me, one question remained unanswered, "How did the villain manage to set off the dynamite without detonators and a timing clock?" Maybe my attention wandered for a moment.

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  • justmurr
  • 11-21-19

Brilliant series.

Another really good story, with great characters - am working my way through the books, Such a joy when compared with some of the detectives stories of today.

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  • karen Swan
  • 01-16-20

Boring

Narration and story boring... managed to get to the end .. just .. what a waste of a credit