Seymour of Special Branch

7 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 33 ratings

A Dead Man In Trieste Summary

Trieste in the 1900s is one of the greatest seaports in the world, the Austrian Empire's main outlet to the Mediterranean.

But various nationalist movements are threatening to pull the place apart. The militarist regime has trouble keeping a lid on it, the secret police are everywhere, and now the British consul has gone walkabout.

It will take someone from Special Branch to look into it, someone capable of speaking the relevant languages. Only one man fits the bill - Seymour, an officer from an East End immigrant background. Capable, hardworking, but ... not entirely British.

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  • Book 1

    • A Dead Man In Trieste

    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It will take someone from Special Branch to look into it, someone capable of speaking the relevant languages. Only one man fits the bill - Seymour, an officer from an East End immigrant background. Capable, hardworking, but ... not entirely British.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Historical and political snapshot

    • By Christine on 07-10-12

    Regular price: £14.69

  • Book 2

    • A Dead Man in Istanbul

    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The undersecretary of the British embassy in Istanbul has died while attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits. The circumstances of his death have to be investigated, so the Foreign Office sends out an officer: Sandor Seymour, an unobtrusive Special Branch detective.

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  • Book 3

    • A Dead Man in Athens

    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Athens, 1912, and the country is on the brink of war. The new Greek Prime minister Venizelos, tired of the Ottoman overlords, has a dream - which he refers to as his 'Great Idea'. The idea is to form a new nation, uniting all the Greek people scattered around the Mediterranean. Not such a great idea in the view of other countries, among them Britain, who believes in letting sleeping dogs lie. Not to mention cats. Such as the one recently poisoned in Salonica which belonged to the exiled former Sultan.

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • A Dead Man in Barcelona

    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Barcelona in 1912 is a city still recovering from the dramatic incidents of the so-called 'Tragic Week' when Catalan conscripts bound for the unpopular war in Spanish Morocco had rebelled at the city's dockside against the royalist forces. In the fighting many were killed and afterwards even more were thrown into prison. Including an Englishman, who was later found dead in his cell.

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  • Book 6

    • A Dead Man in Naples

    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Naples, 1913. Sun-baked, blue-skied, and with its amazing bay it is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy. But it’s also one of the most corrupt. A new arrival here is a junior British official, Scampion, who has already been banished from Florence. Scampion, however, brings with him a new craze that is sweeping Italy: bicycling. But one day as he walks home after a bicycle race, he is stabbed to death. That happens all the time in Naples, but remarkably his wallet was not taken.

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  • Book 7

    • A Dead Man in Malta

    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Malta, 1913, and hot air balloons hover over the Grand Harbour. But one of them falls from the sky, the balloonist dying later from his injuries. He is not the only one to die unexpectedly at the Naval Hopspital, however, as a letter to the Times points out. Special Investigator Seymour of the Foreign Office is sent out from London to uncover the truth. Malta is still a British protectorate; indeed, with its red post boxes, English beer, and English language, it seems like an exotic "Little Britain". But as the rumblings of war reach the small island, many of the old Maltese families are becoming divided in their loyalties.

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