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Smallbone Deceased

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

Horniman, Birley and Craine is a highly respected legal firm with clients reaching to the highest in the land. When a deed box in the office is opened to reveal a corpse, the threat of scandal promises to wreak havoc on the firm's reputation - especially as the murder looks like an inside job. The partners and staff of the firm keep a watchful and suspicious eye on their colleagues, as Inspector Hazlerigg sets out to solve the mystery of who Mr Smallbone was - and why he had to die. Written with style, pace and wit, this is a masterpiece by one of the finest writers of traditional British crime novels since the Second World War.

©1939 Michael Gilbert (P)2019 Soundings

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Wrong Narrator in my view

I have to agree with a previous reviewer in that David Thorpe is the wrong narrator for this book. He is excellent at the voices, and has done excellent work in other books, but here in this story, everyone seems mildly hysterical, in the wrong places to me anyway...even the narrators voice is mildly sardonic which does not seem appropriate. The narrator spoiled this book for me, and took away much of the potential enjoyment. But well written and some lovely touches in the writing. But I will read in book form next time, if the same narrator is used for another of Michael Gilberts books..

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  • John
  • 16-12-19

Pretty Much Perfect

In the midst of so many riches, I don’t know what to praise first. The characters—even the minor ones, like the night watchman—live and breathe. The dialogue can make you laugh out loud. And the story—not just the whodunnit, but all the goings-on in and out of the law firm around which the story revolves—keeps you entertained right up to the end. I was completely drawn into the world that all these finely rendered elements created. No doubt, David Thorpe’s sterling performance helped me get there.

NOTE: For a far more erudite appreciation of Gilbert's life and work, especially this book, you can't do better than Martin Edwards' introduction. But do it after you finish the last chapter--he gives away too many surprises.

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  • Marie
  • 02-03-20

maybe better read add a book

I found this book very hard to get into. there are so many characters thrown at thre reader it is hard to keep them straight, especially since many of them make only brief appearances. there is really no main character. the murderer, when revealed, was underwhelming.

David Thoroe is the wrong narrator for this stay.

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  • Shirley Y. Thomas
  • 07-04-20

A whimsical delight

The story is very British, and the reader likewise is very British. You don’t have to be a bob or a dedicated Anglophile to appreciate and enjoy the book. The reader is fairly bursting with energy and enthusiasm. The characters are delightful. The story is a well-crafted mystery. I recommend it highly

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  • jalioop
  • 16-02-20

great narrator

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in large part because of the narrator. He brought the characters in the story to life. Highly recommend.

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  • L. Wittke
  • 13-08-20

I could listen to David Thorpe read the phone book

and love it. I'm not sure I followed this story but it was entertaining.