A Breath of Suspicion (Penguin crime fiction)

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It is at a party that Richard Hedon first hears about the mysterious Paul Clyro and his unexplained disappearance. Clyro had been a scientist, doing secret work on viruses with a colleague named Wolsingham. But Wolsingham had committed suicide by swallowing potassium cyanide and Paul Clyro found the body, walked out of his house and vanished without trace. Richard follows Clyro's trail - all the way to Madeira, where a man known as Gavin Chilmark is living a comfortable and contented life, free from any breath of suspicion...

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One of the most distinguished crime writers of her generation, Elizabeth Ferrars was born in Rangoon and came to Britain at the age of six. She was a pupil at Bedales school between 1918 and 1924, studied journalism at London University and published her first crime novel, Give a Corpse a Bad Name, in 1940, the year that she met her second husband, academic Robert Brown. Highly praised by critics, her brand of intelligent, gripping mysteries beloved by readers, she wrote over seventy novels and was also published (as E. X. Ferrars) in the States, where she was equally popular. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine described her as as 'the writer who may be the closest of all to Christie in style, plotting and general milieu', and the Washington Post called her 'a consummate professional in clever plotting, characterization and atmosphere'. She was a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association, who, in the early 1980s, gave her a lifetime achievement award.

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Richard Hedon hears about Paul Clyro's disappearance and, attracted to Clyro's wife, reluctantly agrees to help her find him. The decision takes him to Madeira, where he gets caught up in murder and intrigue. This is a quiet, introspective "thriller," rather than one that is packed with action. Nigel Graham chooses to read in a deliberate pace that engages the listener immediately. Emotional scenes are read with feeling and drama. Both male and female voices are persuasive and easily distinguishable, and the foreign accents are credible. While all the problems are too neatly and quickly resolved in the last chapter, this will be enjoyed by fans of the genre. S.S.R. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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