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An engaging reading of a good, if not great, thriller,
This review is from: Shroud for a Nightingale (Audio CD)
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The flaws of this reading are the author's, rather than those of Michael Jayston, who reads with great clarity and a sense of dramatic pace, but without exaggerated character differentiation in the voices: this can be a danger when there is, as here, a lot of dialogue. PD James writes beautifully, with effective descriptions of setting and character, and she controls the developing mystery with great skill and very real tension.
My problem lies with the investigation element which focuses on interviews a great deal: these are not as well handled as other aspects of the narrative and can seem over-long and, at least to this listener, a little testing of patience. Frankly, it seems more than a little old-fashioned, however truthful to the detection process in such cases. I was involved enough to finish, but had I been reading, rather than listening, I think there would have been sections where I was skimming a little, obviously not a possibility on audio. Not three stars (merely OK) and not really four, though I'm sure connoisseurs of the novelist will find much to enjoy in this format.