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  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Matt Green
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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A Shot in the Dark

By: Lynne Truss
Narrated by: Matt Green
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Summary

After the notorious 'Middle Street Massacre' of 1951, when the majority of Brighton's criminals wiped one another out in a vicious battle as the local police force enjoyed a brief stop en route for an ice cream, Inspector Steine rather enjoys life as a policeman. 

No criminals, no crime, no stress. 

He just wishes Sergeant Brunswick would stop insisting that perhaps not every criminal was wiped out that fateful day. So it's really rather annoying when an ambitious - not to mention irritating - new Constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it's even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is dispatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead partway through the opening night of a new play. It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force after all.... 

©2018 Lynne Truss (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Good Fun

This sort of who dunnit story with great narration of the story and interpretation of the characters had some lovely laugh out loud moments.
It was a fun listen.

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Brilliantly written

For an author who readers most associate with dry grammar, this novel was a total delight.

Not only are the charcters wonderfully conceived, there's plenty of humour and a tightly woven criminal conumdrum to tantalise the reader.

It should not come as a surprise but Lyne Truss also uses language so artfully that it has resulted in some of the most beautifully constructed sentences I have ever read.

The narrator is a good match and does a great job.

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Enjoyable comic fun

Thoroughly enjoyed the mad plot, as logical and as likely as Escher’s stairways , the comic characters and the ear-opening narration. Listen and Enjoy.

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Love this

Having thoroughly enjoyed Life at Absolute Zero I looked for more Lynne Truss stories. So pleased to have found the Brighton constabulary in the 1950s and their improbable murders. Such a good listen. Not for those looking for serious murder mysteries but if you enjoy a good story, well drawn characters, Brighton setting and gentle humour then this is pure gold.

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Loved the story lines

Nice.y narrated with characterisation voices, albeit preferred the follow on series of BBC4 casted dramatisation.

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Bally marvellous

Characters are loveable, story line clever and references to the era absolutely bang on. I loved it. Narrator is bally hilarious in portraying each of the main cast. Starting the next book straight away!
Bally marvellous.

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Disappointing

I'm probably in the minority but this was a waste of my time. Such Irritating characters that I felt no sympathy with at all mean I shall not be looking for other books by this author or narrator. I really couldn't care what happened to any of them which is an essential for me be invested in a book. What a shame, this will be returned.

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Only OK

odd pauses where they shouldn't be such as before 'but' to the extent that it breaks the flow of the reading and at least two unedited retakes.

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A shot in the dark

Awful, puerile, l couldn’t listen anymore to such childish rubbish. I went straight to the end to enable me to write a review. Sorry, not for me.

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