This was a real good read or in this case listen. It was hard to believe that this was written so very long ago. It was well read and the plot was intriguing. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Excellent value
Having bought most of Paul Temple Audio,s I gave this a good chance also the reading and different voices by Greg Wise was most enjoyable his different inflections for the characters was so believable and so many twist and turns. We played it on a long car journey and the time passed very quickly.It kept both my wife and my self entertained all the way home John Stren
When I was growing up back in the 1950s, a Francis Durbridge thriller, serialised on tv, was one of my family's home entertainment highlights. I could be wrong but I think that "My Wife Melissa" was one of those dramatised on television. It's a typical Francis Durbridge story with the seemingly impossible happening and many cliff hangars as you read through the story. That which seems impossible becomes thoroughly plausible as the mystery unwinds and there is the obligatory Durbridge climax which reveals the guilty party and resolves all. If you like a good old fashioned whodunit written by one of the experts of the genre, this could be for you.
This book manages to pull the reader into the ever gathering mystery of the narrator's wife's death. It is a fairly suspenseful read, but you never become too involved because it's so hard to suspend disbelief. I think this is probably down to the style of writing which is so typical of a lot of male whodunnit writers of that era. Characterizations - especially of the women tend to be cardboard and unconvincing. The denouement is sufficiently interesting, but the novel ends on a weak note. It's easy to see why Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers &Co blew so many of these male writers out of the water when they came along!