Mark Sanderson does for the 30s what Jake Arnott did for 60s London - vividly revealing its hidden underworld in this follow up to Snow Hill. On a sweltering day in July 1937, reporter John Steadman is in London's St Paul's Cathedral waiting for his girlfriend ... But romance is pushed aside when he witnesses a man falling to his death from the Whispering Gallery, killing a priest in the process. Did he jump or was he pushed? Two days later Johnny receives the first of a series of grim packages at the offices of his newspaper, the Daily News. Each contains the body part of a woman and an enigmatic note, one of which says that he will be the murderer's final victim. To catch a killer, Johnny must set himself up as bait - with police and a fascinated public looking on. But he still has to uncover the tragic truth behind the double-death in the cathedral...
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"Sanderson is a journalistic boulevardier of great wit and charm, with a gift for the outrageous...The author sports a narrative grasp that won't let the reader go...His ace in the hole is the pungent evocation of time and place. London of the 1930s is conjured with immense skill." (The Independent)
"Elegant, unpretentious writing, a strong build-up of suspense and the portrayal of a central relationship between Johnny, the hot-shot reporter, and his old school buddy Matt Turner, a policeman from the City's Snow Hill police station, which is both emotionally believable and intriguing. Snow Hill has undeniable page-turning appeal." (Financial Times)
A highly unusual plot, set in St Paul's Cathedral so this was a different type of thriller.This was made particularly enjoyable because of the superb range of characters played by the reader, Jonathan Keeble, who had a multiplicity of voices ranging from cockney old ladies to middle class clergymen. One of the best readers I have heard.
Jonathan Keeble is a versatile and highly professional reader. He has great range and subtlety.
At times I wanted to continue listening to it for far longer than I was able but this worked for me over several afternoons, listening for an hour or two at a time.
A fine story, quite scary and unpredictable.
While the author appears to have studied the streets of London very closely, it's a pity that more care hadn't been taken with removing so many anachronisms.
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