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  • Fall of Angels

  • An Inspector Redfyre Mystery
  • By: Barbara Cleverly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Fall of Angels

By: Barbara Cleverly
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
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Summary

Barbara Cleverly, best-selling author of the Joe Sandilands investigations, whisks listeners to 1920s Cambridge, a European intellectual capital on the cusp of dramatic change, with a case to be solved by an ingenious new sleuth....

Great Britain, 1923: Detective Inspector John Redfyre is a godsend to the Cambridge CID. A handsome young veteran bred among the city's educated elite, he is no stranger to the set running its esteemed colleges and universities - a society that previously seemed impenetrable to even those at the top of local law enforcement, especially with the force plagued by its own history of corruption.

When Redfyre is invited to attend the annual St. Barnabas College Christmas concert in his Aunt Henrietta's stead, he is expecting a quiet evening, though perhaps a bit of matchmaking mischief on his aunt's part. But he arrives to witness a minor scandal: Juno Proudfoot, the trumpeter of the headlining musical duo, is a woman, and a young one at that - practically unheard of in conservative academic circles.

When she suffers a near-fatal fall after the close of the show, Redfyre must consider whether someone was trying to kill her. Has her musical talent, her beauty, or perhaps, most importantly, her gender provoked a dangerous criminal to act?

Redfyre must both seek advice from and keep an eye on old friends to catch his man before more innocents fall victim.

©2018 Barbara Cleverly (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Finished it!! Quite an achievement.

Ms Cleverly knows a thing or two about British society in the 1920's and has crow barred most of it into this novel. Sexism, feminism, homophobia, nepotism, misogyny, STD's, etc etc etc. The somewhat circuitous plot would be a lot shorter without the constant woman-splaining. It would also be somewhat shorter if it had been read a little more swiftly, I was temped to turn up the tempo but as it was after all free, and it was raining.

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Intelligent & engaging

Both in literary quality and plot vastly better than the usual run of murder mysteries. I'd like to hear more of this Cambridge-based detective...

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Well read, no Americanisms.

Others have indicated this story as slow. It suited the academic and historical era. As an East Anglian resident, the setting and flowing story appeals to me. Kept guessing until the end.

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Very slow

Too much filling and not enough story. Could have been at least a third shorter. I couldn't finish.

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the great use of words...Old fashioned

liked it ticked along well
great characters lovely use of language
comfortable to fall in & out of


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Pompous

Entitled posh people boring one another and us. Avoid even if desperate. Utterly ridiculous all else apart.

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