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McLevy: For Unto Us and the Trophy Club (Radio Crimes) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

David Ashton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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4 Jun 2009 Radio Crimes
Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. In "For Unto Us", it is Christmas, but McLevy doubts that peace on Earth and goodwill to all men will apply among the criminal fraternity of Leith. Sure enough, as snow falls on the cobbled streets, the Inspector and Constable Mulholland find themselves on the icy trail of an ingenious cat-burglar. The Trophy Club sees McLevy blocked at every turn in his efforts to solve the cruel murder of a young prostitute. Convinced that the killer is from the highest level of Edinburgh society, he unwisely decides to bend the rules - with bitter consequences. It features two atmospheric BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations, starring Brian Cox as McLevy, Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426029
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Victorian Settings and Witty Banter 27 Dec 2009
By D. Ross
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to these on BBC4. They are a great mix of the mean, gritty and turgid back streets of 19th century Edinburgh and charming, witty banter between McLevy, Mulholland, Jean Brash and Lt. Roach.

The voice acting, incidental music and sound effects are all spot on.

It's interesting to see in Ashton's interpretation that he has not made McLevy anachronistically a "modern man" with modern sensibilities, but has kept him of his time period. Yet he still shows a lot of depth of character which is not offensive to our modern standards of how we treat people. Sometimes likable and other times too staunch to stomach. This makes for a very fascinating study.

I haven't had a chance yet to read any of the real McLevy stories such as "McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective" so am wondering if Ashton's radio series stories are based on the original McLevy stories, or are they simply his own original creations?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening. 18 April 2010
By EMac
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This was great radio and makes for great listening again and again. The ensemble cast is very good indeed, but there is considerable pleasure in Brain Cox's magnificent voice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama 15 Jan 2010
By illus
Format:Audio CD
I love listening to McLevy on the radio, and now I have the chance to listen when I want.
I enjoy his Scottish quips, his sidekick Mulholland, and the temptress Jean Brash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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These two detective dramas follow the intriguing character Inspector James McLevy as he patrols Victorian Edinburgh in an attempt to bring justice and protection to those who need it. McLevy is a man of intelligence, integrity and compassion and played by the ever reliable Brian Cox, who gives the character some depth. Siobhan Redmond also stars as Jean Brash, a local madam with wide nets that McLevy often finds himself trapped in. These two leads make this a very listenable drama.

The mysteries are not overly complex or mind taxing, but do explore the darker side of human nature and desire. There is a broad dash of humour that works pretty well. The storytelling is aided by McLevy having a sidekick who is just as intelligent who McLevy can spark ideas off and banter with.

The two 45 minute dramas are each on a separate disc win a fold out jewel case. Liner notes are the usual uninformative fare from BBC audiobooks, but this doesn't really detract. I'll be looking out more entries in this series, 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense McLevy 14 April 2011
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I was looking for another detective radio 4 series to listen to and took a 'chance' with Inspector McLevy and his faithful constable Mulaholland. Truth is I saw Brian Cox's name attatched to this series and knew it would be worth a try. This 2 cd set contains the stories 'For Unto Us' and 'The Trophy Club'.
Based in Victorian Edinburgh, McLevy has a no nonsense approach to his work. A dour scotsman with a thirst for solving crime. He treats all criminals with contempt, without exception. Brian Cox does a splendid job and brings Inspector McLevy to life in our imagination.
Is it me, or are these briliant radio 4 plays so much more entertaining than todays television (a medium that is lacking 'vision' even more these days). There are now 3 cd's in this collection. All detective fans will enjoy McLevy and his sometimes very dry one liners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Aug 2013
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I first came across these in a bargain bookshop and I must say they are quite wonderful! The stories are funny, quaint and quite enthralling. The actors surpass themselves and I'll be getting more of them. Pity there's so few in the series.
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