John Creasey is one of the 20th century's most prolific British mystery writers. In this episode from his Inspector West series actor Tim Bentinck brings a touch of class and refined elocution with his performance. Bentinck is a seasoned actor and voice actor known for his role as David Archer on the BBC series The Archers.
This audiobook opens as Inspector West intends to take a much needed day off with his wife. Their plans are interrupted when the superintendent shows up with a warrant, accusing West of accepting a bribe. West must find out who is trying to set him up, if someone inside Scotland Yard has it in for him. What unfolds is a mystery of murder and deception.
Chief Inspector Roger West opened his front door to find his Superintendent, Abbott, standing before him. "I think you know why I've called," said Abbott, as he drew a folded piece of paper from his overcoat. It was an official search warrant. Facing a career on the verge of ruin, West must dive into a mystery that involves murder, conspiracy and, most shockingly, corruption at Scotland Yard.
Born in Surrey, England in 1908 into a poor family in which there were nine children, John Creasey grew up to be a true master story teller and international sensation. His more than 600 crime, mystery, and thriller titles have now sold 80 million copies in 25 languages. These include many popular series such as Gideon of Scotland Yard, The Toff, Dr Palfrey and The Baron.
Creasey wrote under many pseudonyms, explaining that booksellers had complained he totally dominated the 'C' section in stores.
Never one to sit still, Creasey had a strong social conscience, and stood for Parliament several times, along with founding the One Party Alliance which promoted the idea of government by a coalition of the best minds from across the political spectrum. He founded the British Crime Writers' Association, which to this day celebrates outstanding crime writing. The Mystery Writers of America bestowed upon him the Edgar Award for best novel and then in 1969 the ultimate Grand Master Award.
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I haven't come across this author before, although the story is a little dated - set in the 50s - I enjoyed it and it was light relief from some heavier novels i have read recently.
Certainly worth a read, quite a straightforward crime, with quite a straightforward way of dealing with it.
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