Imagine Lord Peter Wimsey with a debilitating stammer fighting crime in a racist, xenophobic mid-nineteenth-century New York. Now imagine being the actor having to perform that character over many hours of a multilayered plot without letting the stammer distract from the story or drive the listener mad. Rupert Degas gives us a master class in skill and judgment in this extremely entertaining, if seriously overcrowded, historical mystery. Lord Lightner and his faithful valet, Bunter--oops, Paisley--have been seconded to New York to teach the fledgling (think corrupt Tweed administration) police force how to solve crimes. A body turns up in a crate of salt, in pieces. Much more mayhem follows. Degas mispronounces Houston Street, and weirdly, Plantagenet, but otherwise, his performance is dazzling. B.G. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2022]
Trade Ed. Dreamscape 2021
CD ISBN 9781666518252 $59.99 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781666518818 $16.79 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781666518399 $24.99
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