The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham, David Thorpe

The narrator killed this book for me--and not in a good way. I listened to the whole thing but it was a battle, with a lousy narrator who made very poor choices for the voicing of the various characters (none of them sounded realistic, especially Albert Campion)) and a plot that was full of holes and full of inconsistencies.Other words that come to mind to describe this book are melodrama, caricature and misogynistic (or perhaps just dated the attitudes toward women). It might do better as a film--a period piece in black and white.

 

Fortunately, a couple of the other titles in the series use a different narrator and I may try them to see if this author improves with age and a different narrator.

 

Overall, two stars-- three for the story reduced by one for the narration.