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Mystery at Olympia

Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Series: Dr. Priestley, Book 21
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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The next time you visit Olympia, take a good look around and see if you think it would be possible to murder someone in the middle of the crowd there without being seen.

The new Comet was fully expected to be the sensation of the annual Motor Show at Olympia. Suddenly, in the middle of the dense crowd of eager spectators, an elderly man lurched forward and collapsed in a dead faint. But Nahum Pershore had not fainted. He was dead, and it was his death that was to provide the real sensation of the show.

A postmortem revealed no visible wound, no serious organic disorder, no evidence of poison. Doctors and detectives were equally baffled, and the more they investigated, the more insoluble the puzzle became. Even Dr Lancelot Priestley’s unrivalled powers of deduction were struggling to solve this case.

©2018 John Rhode (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • 07-07-19

Dr. Priestly Takes a Back Seat at the Auto Show

In this, the 22nd novel featuring Dr. Priestly, he is very much a secondary character, playing the role of occasional consultant to the Scotland Yard man in charge of the case. Of course, his deductions prove correct in the end, but it was nice to have his bloodless logic and acerbic manners offstage for much of the story. Admittedly, this is only my second Priestly mystery, but in both he has exhibited none of the endearing peculiarities that make Holmes and Wimsey—or Rhode’s other major creation, Desmond Merrion—so fun to follow.

The mystery itself is very enjoyable; complex enough to satisfy the most discriminating armchair sleuth, with plenty of likely suspects and plausible motives, odd turns and unexpected confessions, all served up with the decorum one expects from classic Golden Age crime fiction. As usual, Gordon Griffin turns in a peerless performance at the mic.