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…
What made the experience of listening to The Whispering Gallery the most enjoyable?
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.
What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?
Jonathan Keeble is a versatile and highly professional reader. He has great range and subtlety.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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.
Any additional comments?
A fine story, quite scary and unpredictable.
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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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