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5.0 out of 5 stars
atypical but thrilling, 15 July 2010
This CD contains three short stories.
The first one (Striding Folly) is about an unusual chessplayer and his almost supernatural death. Slightly creepy - I recommend you listen to this in a stormy night, preferably at candlelight. It would also make a good halloween story.
Story #2 (The Haunted Policeman) is about a murder that never happened in a house that never existed - or does it? The only eye witness is puzzled (as is the listener). The solution of this mystery is unexpected, to put it mildly.
The last story (Talboys) is my favourite as it gives us a little insight in the Wimsey's family life. We meet again with Mr Puffett (the chimney sweeper from "Busman's Honeymoon") who finds all his peaches gone, only one day before the annual peach competition. His Lordship solves the case and - with the help of his oldest son Bredon, assisted by Cuthbert the snake - manages to teach a highly annoying guest a lesson.
In this story we learn about a very different side of Lord Peter Wimsey: he appears to have completely recovered from shellshock, is relaxed, humorous and even a little mischieveous.
Presumably, these three stories were just a little experiment by Mrs Sayers, but in my opinion a very successful one. Hardcore Sayers fans will propably frown at her breach of style and pattern but for everyone who is curious about Mrs Sayers' literary bandwith this collection will be a little gem.
As usual, Ian Carmichael reads simply perfect. In his voice, the characters truely come to life.
His clear pronounciation makes this audiobook a lovely gift not only for "native speakers" but also for foreigners like myself.