Narrator: Steve West
Series: Richard Jury #23
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 3, 2014
Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes
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The inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury returns in another “literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre” (The Washington Post) mystery, now with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, Vertigo.
Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’s death was accidental—a direct result of vertigo—but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.
Jury learns that a nine-year-old girl fell to her death five years before Tess at the same country house in Devon where Tess died. The girl had been a guest at a party Tess was giving for six children. Jury seeks out the five surviving party guests, who are now adults, hoping they can shed light on this bizarre coincidence.
Meanwhile, an elegantly dressed woman falls to her death from the tower of a cottage near the pub where Jury and his cronies are dining one night. Then the dead woman’s estranged husband is killed as well. Four deaths—two in the past, two that occur within this intricate, compelling novel—keep Richard Jury and his sidekick Sergeant Wiggins running from their homes in Islington to the countryside in Devon and to London as they try to figure out if the deaths were accidental or not. And, if they are connected.
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The Richard Jury series is another one of these mystery series with more than 20 books which I have read and loved since the 1980s. It is also one which I have now tried on audio. And I discovered the series is narrated by one of my favorite narrators!!!!
I love the clever story and long-loved characters. One could never start with this book as not only would you miss so much but the characters would not be as well-developed or dear to you. There are all the things I need in the quirky characters, clever plotting and references, and now a great narrator.
I listened at my usual 1.25 speed but I think may be I should have slowed it down a notch or not multi-tasked during this listen. My mind would have enjoyed a moment to ponder evidence and savor amusement at the subtle humor. I could also just luxuriate in the voice of Steve West.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 Library-Love Challenge