The Harkdale bank job wasn't quite an ordinary robbery.
The bank lost £42,000, a policeman lost his life, and the
robbers were caught almost immediately. But in the bag, where
the money should have been, there was only a copy of the Concise
Oxford Dictionary. And in the garage where Paul Temple's car
should have been, there was the body of a dead robber. This
in itself is enough to send our hero off on one of the strangest
cases of his life. One that takes him deep into the bowels
of the underworld and places him face to face with Mr Master
Temple, the suave private detective and crime novelist, captivated
BBC Radio audiences for over 30 years. From 1938 to 1969 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 were chic and the men wore cravats,
and where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard always needs
Paul's help with a tricky case.
a young woman gives Paul some information that might be useful
to his investigation, she disappears almost immediately. Paul
now has a missing person to look into, as well as solving
the Harkdale robbery.
Temple and the Harkdale Robbery may well be set in a bygone
era, but the old adage, that crime doesn't pay, is as fresh
today as it was in the '30s. As Paul and Steve start digging
around they soon discover that things are not what they appear.
by Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Head, this audio
drama is an interesting nostalgic look back at detective tales
of a bygone era. On the whole, Head's delivery is well above
the average for a talking book. The only problem I had was
with the voice he used for Betty - which sounds like a drag
artist crossed with Carol Beer from Little Britain
("Computer says no").
will certainly provide a couple of hours entertainment to
those who enjoy detective tales.