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This review is from: Sexton Blake: The Vampire Moon and Other Stories (BBC Radio) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I'm not sure I was quite the right audience for this one. I enjoy modern murder mysteries like Charles Paris: A Series of Murders, and the cool elegance of classics like The Big Sleep. What both of these have, but Sexton Blake lacks, is a healthy dose of knowing wit. I greatly enjoyed Mil Millington's tongue-in-cheek reincarnation from a few years back, but this was not very popular with "true" Sexton Blake fans, who I think were upset by its irreverence. For me, this original version of Sexton Blake is pretty much just Famous Five for grownups, with all the lack of depth and po-faced straightforwardness that implies. It is inadvertently funny, in a bad way. It attempts at humour just come off as offensive nowadays: the fixation with Paula's food intake and weight, Tinker's 'lower class' idiocy, the terrible caricatures of Chinese people, etc. The storylines veer between confusing and simplistic. They didn't thrill or surprise me. And the final story from 1930, while perhaps an interesting historical document, is unlistenable. Surely somebody could have cleaned up the audio a bit more before putting it out?