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A journalist as well as a novelist, Anthony Berkeley (1893 - 1971) was a founding member of the Detection Club and one of crime fiction's greatest innovators. He was one of the first to predict the development of the 'psychological' crime novel and he sometimes wrote under the pseudonym of Francis Iles. He wrote twenty-four novels, ten of which feature his amateur detective, Roger Sheringham.
* The Wychford Poisoning Case ( Book 2) [7 hours 48 mins] 1926, Read by Mike Grady.
Mrs. Bentley has been arrested for murder. The evidence is overwhelming: arsenic she extracted from fly papers was in her husband's medicine, his food and his lemonade, and her crimes are being plastered across the newspapers. Even her lawyers believe she is guilty. But Roger Sheringham, the brilliant but outspoken young novelist, is convinced that there is too much evidence against Mrs. Bentley and sets out to prove her innocence. Written by Anthony Berkeley, a founder of the celebrated Detection Club who also found fame under the pen name Francis Iles, the story saw the return of Roger Sheringham, the Golden Age's breeziest - and booziest - detective.
* The Silk Stocking Murders ( Book 4 ) [8 hours 34 mins] 1928, Read by Mike Grady.
Investigating the disappearance of a vicar's daughter in London, the popular novelist and amateur detective Roger Sheringham is shocked to discover that the girl is already dead, found hanging from a screw by her own silk stocking. Reports of similar deaths across the capital strengthen his conviction that this is no suicide cult but the work of a homicidal maniac out for vengeance - a desperate situation requiring desperate measures.Having established Roger Sheringham as a brilliant but headstrong young sleuth who frequently made mistakes, trusted the wrong people and imbibed considerable liquid refreshment, Anthony Berkeley took his controversial character into much darker territory with "The Silk Stocking Murders", a sensational novel about gruesome serial killings by an apparent psychopath bent on targeting vulnerable young women....
* The Poisoned Chocolate Case ( Book 5 ) [8 hours 5 mins] 1929, Read by Gordon Griffin.
Graham and Joan Bendix have apparently succeeded in making that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage. And into the middle of it there drops, like a clap of thunder, a box of chocolates. Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle - six amateur but intrepid detectives - to consider the case. The evidence is laid before the Circle, and the members take it in turn to offer a solution. Each is more convincing than the last, slowly filling in the pieces of the puzzle until the dazzling conclusion.
* Top Storey Murder ( Book 6 ) [7 hours 23 mins] 1931, Read by Michael Kitchen.
Michael Kitchen does a fine job recreating the mood, speech patterns, quaint expressions and slang of 1931 London. (An amusing and "dated" point is presented in the storyline: Miss Barnett is considered an old lady--at 48 years old!) Anthony Berkeley develops the unusual premise of having a fiction crime writer accompany Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Morseby on a murder investigation. Eventually, of course, these two crime experts are pitted against each other in a race to find the killer. The London setting, 30's manners and lifestyle all contribute to make this a fun and intriguing period piece.
* Murder in the Basement ( Book 7 ) [6 hours 30 mins] 1932, Read by Sean Barrett. 64Kbps 1932. When two newlyweds move into their new home, only to discover that a corpse has been buried in their basement a few months prior, a gruelling case is begun to trace the identity of the victim. With all avenues of investigation approaching exhaustion, a tenuous lead offers a chance for Chief Inspector Moresby and leads him to the amateur criminologist Roger Sheringham, who has recently been providing cover work in a school south of London. Desperate for evidence of any kind on the basement case, Moresby begins to sift through the manuscript of a satirical novel Sheringham had been writing about his colleagues at the school, convinced that amongst the cast of teachers hides the victim - and perhaps their murderer...
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