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Eight episodes of the popular BBC Radio 4 Victorian detective drama, starring Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond.

Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, this gripping series sees James McLevy prowling the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland and Lieutenant Roach.

'A Dangerous Remedy': McLevy investigates a series of street attacks on clients of the Just Land.

'No Looking Back': the inspector discovers that a murdered man was last seen in the Just Land.

'A Pearl in the Oyster': a young prostitute dies on the steps of the Just Land.

'The Cross-Roads': McLevy is kidnapped by a grieving father seeking revenge for his son's death.

'A Different Path': A turf war breaks out between rival factions in the Leith underworld.

'The Cat's Claw': McLevy investigates as derelicts in Leith are attacked and killed in the street.

'A Sore Convulsion': an expansion of the docks threatens to change Leith forever.

'A Secret Life': Riots break out in Leith - and McLevy's relationship with Jean Brash intensifies.

Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond star as Inspector McLevy and Jean Brash, with Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland and David Ashton as Lieutenant Roach.

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I love this series. totally addicted!

i can listen to the episodes over and over- great charters and writting. There's just something about Inspector Mclevy i love. i came accross it on Radio 4 as a sales rep kept catching stories then routed out all the series here.

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Superior writing, acting and production

I cannot praise this series 'McLevy' highly enough. Brilliant writing by David Ashton, masterfull performance by Brian Cox, (I'm totally in love with him), engaging performance by Siobhan Redmond and Michael Percival-Maxwell provides the convincing muscle.
There aren't enough episodes for me. If only David Ashton had employed a professional narrator to read his books on audible instead of narrating them badly himself ( Brian Cox would be favourite), I could have continued my enjoyment.

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Top Drama

More of David Ashton’s classic Victorian detective drama. As is consistent across all series of this modern times radio classic, the writing, casting, performance and production are all to an excellent standard.
Many listeners may already be familiar with the McLevy series, but for anyone who isn’t who likes the sound of it from the description I would totally recommend checking it out.
McLevy originally ran on BBC Radio Four from around 2000 to it’s finale in October 2016, spanning a total of 12 series. In this great value double edition we have the full series 9 and 10 which originally aired around 2012–2013. It is not necessary to start from the first series in order to understand the plot as the key points are worked pretty well into each individual series, although given that these days the entire work is commercially available, some may like to explore this great radio gem from the beginning. However, if you’re a newcomer curious to sample the series from any Point and you’re not bothered about strict chronology, then this collection of later era episodes is certainly as good as any for such.
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Recommended To All

Brian Cox is the perfect inspector Mclevy and Siobhan is the perfect Jean Brash and the rest of the cast are just excellent.I just love this series and would recommend to anyone.
I would love this to be a TV drama.

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superb 👍

love these books.
excellent listen on the half hour trip to work.
well recommended.
would make a great TV series.

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This is the second time round for me.

I have listened to all episodes twice and will do so again. Great story lines and excellent acting. Brian Cox is superb.

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Sublime!

Fantastic cast as ever with great plots conjuring Victorian Edinburgh for a modern audience. The ongoing narrative between Jean and McLevy threads the stories together.

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amazing series

I am thrilled I found this series love it . great stories and performances every time I listen . the twists in mclevy and jeans relationships are full of emotion .atmospheric and with style

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EXCELLENT McLEVY ENTERTAINTMENT

I own the full 6 series all at least 6 & half hours each of excellent entertainment. Each and every one these series follow on from the last program and all are fun atmospheric and draw you into the story so you feel you are right there back in Victorian Edinburgh with McLevy as he and Mulholland bring the criminals to justice.

Taken from the recorded crimes from the real life Inspector James McLevy. 6 series are not enough. PLEASE can we have more, much much more of the fun lovable coffee soaking McLevy.

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Excellent Radio Drama

This really is radio drama at its best, a wonderful cast with Brian Cox truly outstanding as Mclevy I have listened to all the series and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-16

I can't get enough...

Make as many of these as you can! I will pay ANY price to continue to enjoy the saga of James McLevy, Jean Brash, Lt Roach and Mulholland. If ever there was the perfect storm of script & casting, this is it. Sadly listening to the entire series, over and over again, waiting for new episodes. Get back into the studio!

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  • Andrea Fisher
  • 19-12-16

Mystery and Romance in Victorian Edinburgh

I have enjoyed every story in every series over and over. All the characters have maintained consistent and defined personalities, while the stories are anything but predictable. The humor continues to delight me, particularly because it's so unexpected. Just love this series!

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  • Ava
  • 11-10-16

McLevy LOVE!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely would recommend this audiobook to a friend. Love, love, love McLevy.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters and characterizations. The stories progress and so do the characters. Insight into Victorian Scotland is a treat.

What does Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond's voice charaterizations. Already familiar with Brian Cox's work in films--Glimmer Man and the Austrialian Broadcasting Co. show where he plays the kingpin of a drug selling family. His gravelly voice is just perfect for the picture I have in my head re: McLevy. Siobhan's voice is a perfect warm, playful counterpart to McLevy. The other actors portraying Muhollad and the Lt. Roach are fabulous as well. The story lines are progressive and interesting. I'm riveted and now I've gotten my hubby hooked too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm delighted that McLevy and Jean Brash finally got "together." I was afraid that it would never happen. They're in love despite their circumstances in life and now I'm afraid for them. Possibly, Muholland suspects their secret. What's going to happen when it finally comes to light? Absolutely, everyone close to them sees how they are about each other, but their situation seems impossible. She has intimated that she'd be willing to move elsewhere, but he's a cop and that's all he knows. His patch.

Any additional comments?

Keep the stories coming as fast as you can. I'm anxiously awaiting the next thrilling installment. Also, the full-cast productions are marvelous. Much more interesting than single narrators.