Monday, 9 February 2009

The Film Mystery

Official Blurb

The Film Mystery is one of eighteen detective novels by Arthur B. Reeve starring his best known character Professor Craig Kennedy and his trusty sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter. The pair bears an unmistakable resemblance to the more famous British master sleuth and his doctor friend. The setting of this mystery is the early days of movie making, and the murder victim is Stella Lamar, “the beautiful idol of the screen, beloved of millions”, who collapses and dies during the filming of a scene for her latest movie.

My Review

This story is a classic detective story. As the blurb suggests we have a decisive observant lead character much like Sherlock and a side kick very much link Watson, that's the Watson of the original stories not the Watson played by Nigel Bruce in the films.

It's an interesting investigation that follows the usual pattern of following clues and red herrings but slowly the lead character builds their case. Rather like Sherlock stories , you as the reader dont seem to get all of the facts but this does not detract from what is a fun listen. Of clourse like all classic stories the criminal is not revealed until the very last paragraph!

This story is read by a number of different readers and there are some excellent presentations here that are delight to listen, including I note one voice professional.

Reading 2/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 6/9

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Listen to the first chapter