Books: Spoken Word
Saturday 13 November 1999
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner Read by Derek Jacobi Hodder Headline, 6hrs, pounds 11.99 Mail order 0800 7315637 ELIZABETH GEORGE has established herself as a thriller writer with a sure ear for contemporary issues. Her latest murder novel is allowed the luxury of four cassettes, and her complex plot deserves it. Opening with a murder (or suicide?) in the first few minutes, she follows through with the weird double murder of two apparently unrelated people in the Derbyshire Peaks. Given that there are two competing police initiatives, a gallimaufrey of suspects, and several red herrings, you'll need to concentrate at first to establish who's who, especially as it is assumed that you'll know a little about George's detective duo Lynley and Havers. But that task is made easier by Derek Jacobi's brilliant vocal switches.
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