Returning from an author tour of America, Paul is met at
the dockside by his publisher Scott Reed, who wants him to
investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alfred Kelby.
Reed has entrusted Kelby with a sensational diary written
by Margaret Spender, the mistress of Lord Delamore, containing
several clues pointing to the murder of Delamore. When Kelby
is strangled, and the diary stolen, it seems that the two
events are connected. But could there be another motive for
Kelby's murder? Paul is determined to find out...
1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective, Paul Temple and
his Fleet Street journalist wife, Steve solved case after
case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabit
a sophisticated, well-dressed world of chilled cocktails and
fast cars, where the women are chic and the men still wear
cravats; and, where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard always
needs Paul's help with a tricky case...
radio serials proved so popular that Francis Durbridge was
inspired to write a succession of novels featuring the smooth
sleuth. This story, read by Buffy and Little Britain
star Anthony Head, sees Paul and Steve investigating a baffling
abduction that soon turns into a murder case.
Temple and the Kelby Affair was first published in 1970
and to be quite honest this series does show its age somewhat.
Living in a world that few will recognise, Paul and his wife
track down their prey using their own logic reasoning.
reading can't be faulted, but I personally felt that this
this story was a little too dated. If you are a fan of Durbridge's
work then you'll love this collection, otherwise you might
like to rent this from your local library first.