A Murder of Quality : Smiley

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • Series: Smiley
  • 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'.
Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realises that in life - as in espionage - nothing is quite what it appears. His investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night? To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds.

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Very enjoyable

As usual Mr le Carre weaves a tale that keeps one guessing all the way through, a very interesting story with well described characters. Shorter than some of his novels, but good just the same.
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- mollyeyre

A conventional murder mystery beautifully written

This is the second novel featuring George Smiley. Unlike the others this book is not set in the world of the Secret Service. It's actually a conventional murder mystery, quite true to the genre. Yet with Le Carré's terrifically descriptive writing. Michael Jayston is an outstanding narrator.
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- FD

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd