'Francis Durbridge, made [Paul and Steve's] adventures utterly enchanting within that shivering threadbare postwar reality.'-The Telegraph 'A classy period piece, all clipped accents, glamour and a smoking and drinking count to rival Mad Men. Great fun and surprisingly gripping.' -The Guardian
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The great radio detective lives again in a brand new reading by Anthony Head Crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his glamorous wife Steve made their first appearance on BBC Radio in 1938. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul Temple's help with his latest tricky case. The radio serials proved so popular that Francis Durbridge was inspired to write a succession of novels featuring the smooth sleuth. In this compelling story, read by Buffy and Little Britain star Anthony Head, Paul and Steve investigate an intriguing case of robbery and murder. Making their getaway after raiding Harkdale bank, a gang of thieves are surprised by the police and a car chase ensues.When the robbers' car crashes, killing two of them, the police go to retrieve the money, but it is not there. They trace it to an accomplice, Gavin Renson, but then he is found dead in the garage of Paul's country cottage.
Shortly before the gruesome discovery, Paul and Steve had given a lift to a beautiful redhead, Betty Stanway, who overheard her boyfriend Desmond Blane plotting a robbery on the telephone. Is he the gang leader? Did he kill Renson? And if so, is Betty's life in danger? It is up to the Temples to unravel the complex mystery...