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...
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Francis Henry Durbridge was born in Hull, Yorkshire, in 1912 and was educated at Bradford Grammar School. He was encouraged at an early age to write by his English teacher and went on to read English at Birmingham University. Whilst an undergraduate he started to develop the radio play format for which he first became known. At the age of twenty one he sold a play to the BBC and continued to write following his graduation whilst working as a stockbroker's clerk. In 1938, by this time writing full time, he created the character Paul Temple, a crime novelist and detective. With Steve Trent, a Fleet Street journalist and later his wife, Temple solved numerous crimes. Durbridge's style was very much in the mode of the earlier 'Golden Age' middle class amateur detectives . The first book, Send for Paul Temple, was written with John Thewes as the novelisation of a radio serial. Many others followed and they were hugely successful until the last of the series was completed in 1968. In 1969, the Paul Temple series was adapted for television and four of the adventures, prior to this, had been adapted for cinema, albeit with less success than radio and TV. He also invented a new character, Tim Frazer, an undercover agent who appeared in both novels and as a TV series. Francis Durbridge also wrote for the stage and continued doing so up until 1991, when Sweet Revenge was completed. Additionally, he wrote over twenty other well received novels, most of which were on the general subject of crime. The last, Fatal Encounter, was published after his death in 1998.
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