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    • The Martin Beck Stories

    • 10 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, full cast, Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300

    The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965 and 1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandinavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's liberal society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping Swedish crime stories 5-stars* - Superb!

    • By Nigel on 20-08-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 6
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist, is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and puts the tiny town of Malmö on edge. No one can identify the gunman when Martin Beck takes over the scene and finds a web so despicable that it's hard to imagine who wouldn't want Palmgren dead.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Laughing Policeman

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 4
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs him a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise. This apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives - and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality crime fiction

    • By Julian P on 24-05-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Roseanna

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 1
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Always listen to the sample!

    • By Dee on 19-11-11

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as his friend and colleague Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Murder at the Savoy. The Martin Beck books, written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Profiteer has a unwanted guest for dinner

    • By K. Spraggs on 24-09-14

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Martin Beck: The Terrorists

    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh, Neil Pearson, Katie Hims
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Terrorists. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just loved it !

    • By alison Reece on 07-01-15

    Regular price: £10.00

    • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 2
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    His holiday with his family has just begun, but a phone call sends Martin Beck packing off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. With the aid of the coolly efficient local police, who do business while soaking at the public baths, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows - while he is at the risk of vanishing along with his quarry.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Can't stand the narrator

    • By Rowe Patrick on 16-10-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Man on the Balcony

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 3
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm - killing them after having his way. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won't say much and a three-year-old boy who can't say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone - or something - he overheard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brutal, simple and brilliant

    • By Dr B. on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Fire Engine That Disappeared

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 5
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Anonymous User on 28-12-11

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Abominable Man

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 7
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good a story as books 1to 6.

    • By victoria macdonalf on 08-06-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Locked Room

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 8
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck, they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Is this a computer-generated narration??

    • By Robert on 02-09-14

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Terrorists

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 10
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö’s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Cop Killer

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 9
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    The thrilling ninth installment in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that have inspired all crime fiction written ever since. In this penultimate instalment of the series, Beck is drawn into a case that turns up mysterious echoes of his past cases.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Martin Beck: Cop Killer

    • By: Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 21

    In the ninth book in the series, a woman is brutally murdered and left buried in a swamp. On a quiet suburban street a midnight shootout takes place between three cops and two teenage boys... Detective Inspector Martin Beck and his partner Lennart Kollberg are called in on both cases. In the unfamiliar small-town setting, they encounter figures from their earlier cases.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved ever second of it

    • By shamsher ali on 02-05-17

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Martin Beck: The Locked Room

    • By: Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    The eighth book in the classic Martin Beck detective series. The Martin Beck series has inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo. In one part of town, a woman robs a bank. In another, a corpse is found shot through the heart in a room locked from within, with no firearm in sight... Starring Steven Mackintosh and Neil Pearson.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent beautiful drama

    • By shamsher ali on 19-04-17

    Regular price: £8.00

    • The Abominable Man

    • Martin Beck
    • By: Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as his friend and colleague Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Abominable Man. The Martin Beck books, written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Beck Genius.

    • By Constable Elbow on 28-05-16

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Endstation für neun

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 4
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Hans Peter Hallwachs
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ein Bus verunglückt kurz bevor er die Endstation erreicht. Das Mysteriöse an dem Fall: Der Fahrer und seine acht Passagiere waren schon vor dem Unfall tot. Ein Feuerstoß aus einer Maschinenpistole hat sie umgebracht. Von dem Täter fehlt zunächst jede Spur. Doch eines der Opfer ist ein junger Kriminalbeamter. Liegt hier der Hinweis auf das Motiv des Täters?

    Regular price: £6.09

    • Alarm in Sköldgatan

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 5
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Matthias Ponnier
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In der Sköldgatan explodiert ein Haus. Unter den Trümmern findet die Polizei die Leiche des Autodiebes Göran Malm; offenbar hatte er den Gashahn aufgedreht, um sich das Leben zu nehmen. Doch Martin Beck glaubt nicht an die Selbstmord-Theorie: Malm hatte sich ihm als Zeuge gegen eine Autoschieber-Bande angeboten. Dann werden in Malms Matratze die Reste eines Zeitzünders gefunden. Beck und sein Kollege Gunvald Larsson laufen zur Hochform auf.

    Regular price: £6.09

    • Und die Großen lässt man laufen

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 6
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Hans Peter Hallwachs
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Konzernchef Viktor Palmgren ist tot. Er wurde während eines Geschäftsessens in Malmö erschossen. Ein Auftragsmord? Kommissar Beck von der Stockholmer Polizei wird hinzugezogen. Die Ermittlungen konzentrieren sich schon bald auf Palmgrens Umfeld. Dabei kommt Überraschendes zutage: Palmgren war in illegale Waffengeschäfte verwickelt. Aber Kommissar Beck hat einen anderen Verdacht.

    Regular price: £6.09

    • Die Tote im Götakanal

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 1
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Matthias Ponnier, Christian Brückner
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Als in einem Schleusenbecken am Götakanal eine Frauenleiche gefunden wird, tappen Kommissar Beck und seine Kollegen zunächst im Dunkeln. Wer ist die Unbekannte? Wer hat ihr das angetan? Schon bald stoßen die Ermittler auf entscheidende Hinweise, die ihnen erlauben, dem Täter eine Falle zu stellen - ein gefährliches Unterfangen.

    Regular price: £6.09

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