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Tim Frazer Again by Francis Durbridge
Synopsis: “The World of Tim Frazer”, shown under the banner “Francis Durbridge Presents…”, was the longest-running BBC serial of the early Sixties, and one of the most successful. The popularity of the TV programmes inspired Francis Durbridge to write several novels featuring the easygoing engineer-turned-spy Tim Frazer. In this one, read by “Buffy” and “Little Britain” star Anthony Head, Frazer becomes involved in another difficult and dangerous case. When special agent Leo Salinger is killed by a fast car in Amsterdam, Tim Frazer is sent over to trail the attractive young woman who was at the wheel. Was it a genuine accident? So it seems until Frazer returns to London and encounters a body instead of an evening date… The case grows more complicated at every turn. What sinister implications lie behind an innocent bulb catalogue? What is the mystery of the metronome carried by the dead man? It is only Frazer’s second assignment – is it going to be his last? From the creator of popular radio detective Paul Temple comes this exciting adventure featuring undercover agent Tim Frazer, read by Anthony Head.
This novel is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tim-Frazer-Again-BBC-Audio/dp/1408469685 and http://www.amazon.com/Tim-Frazer-Again-BBC-Audio/dp/1408469685.
Review (of the audiobook)
An intriguing tale of an ‘accidental’ traffic accident, not so accidental murder, a bulb catalogue, switched holiday films and metronomes. Frazer is given a case that may or may not be a case, which if course turns out to be a complicated one. He is an endearing PI undercover as an engineering technical journalist (his pre-PI background).
It’s a very entertaining period crime drama with twists and reveals making me want to know what happens next. Apart from a proliferation of adverbs, this novel is extremely well written especially the clearly-defined characters (my favourites being Tim himself and the wimpish asthma-enduring fiancé Arthur Fairley) and realistic dialogue. This novel could have been set in any era other than lack of technology (no mobiles although DNA mentioned and used from fingerprints), polite quaint language and mannerisms including the mention of a bowler hat and Tim not being offered a hand to shake when Arthur left)… utterly charming.
Audiobooks are often made or broken by the narrator and this CD was narrated by Anthony Head (aka Rupert Giles in the Buffy series), a very smooth-voiced actor who would lull any listener into the tale.
Rating: 5 out of 5 – Highly entertaining and despite the adverbs (not so picky in the sixties), I couldn’t fault it.
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
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