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How nice!


From beginning to end, Gordon Griffin proves a compelling narrator in this 1933 mystery from the Golden Age of Murder. After model citizen Dr. James Earle inexplicably disappears, bicycle-riding New Scotland Yard Inspector French is consulted. Griffin is dazzling with French's one-sided telephone conversations, distress at additional victims, and emotionality as the details of the ...

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The Cheapside Corpse – review


Nice review for the latest Chaloner book of Susanna Gregory. Very nice!!! Gordon Griffin takes on the convoluted narration of Thomas Chaloner's tenth investigation in Charles II's Restoration London of 1665. As an intelligencer, or spy, Chaloner investigates the death of Dick Wheler, one of several violent moneylender/goldsmiths; the rise of ruthless bankers Rich Taylor ...

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Crime DOES pay!


It was a brilliant idea of the British Library to publish crime novels by long-forgotten writers who in their day were popular but (until now) more or less forgotten. I've had the pleasure of recording a number in this successful serious. I recently recorded DEATH ON THE RIVIERA by John Bude. If the plot is ...

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Poolside reading……


Goodness! It's been such a busy year recording countless books that I am so looking forward to my upcoming holiday. A villa in the sun with pool! The day after I am back, I am off to record two books back-to-back: Edward Marston's historic novel STEPS TO THE GALLOWS and then Jules Verne's delightful AROUND ...

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Greece is the word!


I am thrilled to have been asked to record Homer's Odyssey, one of the greatest works of literature. I am going to be recording the version (in rhyming couplets) by Alexander Pope. It'll be a challenge. But what a privilege to be entrusted with such a monumental piece of work.

A fight to the death


Saigon, the huge novel by Anthony Grey (possibly the longest I have ever recorded!) tells of the bloody history of Saigon. First, the Vietnamese had to suffer under the hands of their cruel masters France and then of course more recently they had to endure the relentless onslaught from the Americans. It's a real David ...

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An Actor’s Life for Me…


In April 1956 a little boy stepped onto a big stage. It was his local rep and he had a very good role. As it was a professional company he got paid too! He went on to do five plays for that company (during school holidays) as well as a play (again paid!) in his ...

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Bard in the Bush


I learned so much from Edward Wilson-Lee fascinating book SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND, the fascinating account of Shakespeare's influence on Africa, from Burton and Rhodes to the leaders of the emerging independent nations - Shakespeare's influence is everywhere. A challenging book to record however. Not only are there great chunks of Shakespeare but I had to ...

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Full steam ahead………


The romance of steam-trains, the horror of shell shock, a murder in Piccadilly and the ruminations of a delightful priest. These are just some of the books I am recording in the next couple of weeks. BELLES AND WHISTLES (Andrew Martin), BREAKDOWN (Taylor Downing), MURDER IN PICCADILLY (Charles Kingston) and THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN ...

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Murder-on-Sea


Two favourite writers have set their crime series by the sea. Kate Ellis' THE EYES OF THE HOUSE is the latest set in (fictional) Tradmouth and the investigation is led as usual by Wesley Peterson. The body is count is high. Skeletons are not just in cupboards! Gripping and exciting. And it's good to be ...

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