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The Fruit Gum Murders

Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Inspector Angel and his team are faced with a baffling case when a fruit gum found at a murder scene becomes a significant clue in their investigation. The discovery of a hospital porter, also poisoned, indicates that the killer has struck more than once, and Angel is thrown headlong into a world of blackmail and deeply buried family secrets.

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Very run of the mill

I was disappointed with this story. It seemed to be very loosely assembled from stock parts which didn't fit together very well. The main character, Inspector Angel, didn't so much investigate the murder as drift from hunch to hunch. And for a relatively modern day detective he seemed to be able to operate without regard to modern police procedure or the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Thus, in one of the sub plots, he was able to bug a suspect's phone without a warrant and without the defence solicitor objecting to the illegal act and swiftly gaining his clients' release on the grounds that the evidence obtained was inadmissible. This is one example of a number of basic errors of this type. The story was only redeemed by Gordon Griffin's narration, but even he sometimes struggled to make the plot believable.

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The Fruit Gums Murder

Where does The Fruit Gum Murders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most entertaining audiobooks that I've listened to in a very long time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fruit Gum Murders?

The unmasking of the murderer by Inspector Angel.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The unmasking of the murderer by Inspector Angel.

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

It was riveting - I couldn't stop listening to it, nd couldn't guess the murderer.

Any additional comments?

This was the first time that I'd listened to a book by Roger Silverwood, but am planning on downloading more.