Inspector Steine Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Mar 2008
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Delicious fun -- Sunday Times, March 9, 2008
This is the first series of Lynne Truss' hugely popular BBC Radio 4 comedy thriller set in 1950s Brighton Brighton in the 1950s. A place of knickerbocker glories, end-of-the pier shows...and an enormous amount of unsolved crime. Step forward Inspector Steine. Naive and innocent, he believes that he wiped out all the villains at a single stroke in the Middle Street Massacre when seventeen local hoodlums gunned each other to death. Fortunately, long-suffering Sergeant Brunswick is at hand to help Steine with his enquiries. Aided by keen Constable Twitten, they must find the criminal mastermind who is operating undetected in their midst.In these six episodes, a headless corpse is found on the Palace Pier ghost train; a foppish London theatre critic is found dead after a performance of a kitchen-sink drama; and the Inspector decides to go undercover at the Black Cat Casino - while a robbery takes place in the bank next door to the police station.In addition, Ventriloquist Vince receives threats after moving his booth to a new pitch; Steine falls in love with Adelaide Vine, the beautiful owner of a fish and chip shop; and ponders how to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Middle Street Massacre: unaware that a deranged criminal has escaped from Broadmoor with revenge on his lips...Starring Michael Fenton Stevens as Steine and Jan Ravens as Mrs Groynes, this perfectly-judged blend of humour, nostalgia and mystery from bestselling author Lynne Truss makes for an irresistible listen.
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Inspector Steine is a Dixon of Dock Green wannabe, but more of a naive Clouseau figure. Deluding himself that there is no crime in his ‘Parish’ of Brighton, and annoyed at the negative publicity and public perception that Graham Greene’s famous novel has caused, he blunders through life completely unaware of the villainy going on right under his nose. Fortunately the enthusiastic and clear sighted, yet similarly incompetent, Sergeant Brunswick is on hand to lend aid, along with new recruit, the idealistic Constable Twitten. There is also the police station’s char lady, Mrs. Groynes, who coincidentally seems to be in the vicinity whenever a major crime is committed...
Full of charm and gentle comedy, this is a solid gold production. All six episodes of the first series are here, each episode 30 mins long. 2 episodes per disc on 3 discs, in a double jewel case. Quintessentially British comedy at it’s best, 5 stars.