A Question of Proof: Nigel Strangeways, Book 1 : Nigel Strangeways

  • by Nicholas Blake
  • Narrated by Kris Dyer
  • Series: Nigel Strangeways
  • 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the first book in the Nigel Strangeways classic crime series, an obnoxious schoolboy is found dead at his school Sports Day. Can amateur detective Nigel Strangeways help find the killer?


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Classic English Golden Age murder

Would you consider the audio edition of A Question of Proof: Nigel Strangeways, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

Not really, because I wasn't altogether happy with all aspects of the narrator's performance. Nicholas Blake/Cecil Day-Lewis was a donnish crime-writer in the Sayers/Crispin mould. His literary approach calls for a more classically-educated reader than Kris Dyer, who mispronounced many references which he could easily have verified on the internet.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strangeways himself, I always enjoy this kind of learned eccentric with buffoonish tendencies.

Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've heard him reading the third Strangeways novel, There's Trouble Brewing. He does a much better job in A Question of Proof. His strength is in mimicking regional accents, so he does a great job on the dialogue. However, he seems to have had the same vocal training as Princess Diana - i.e. he breaks every phrase and sentence into chunks of three or four words, which makes his delivery jerky and under-inflected. Question of Proof has lots of dialogue, so is not spoilt by this mannerism; but the other book has lengthy monologues from the hero, which become very tedious thanks to this mosaic-like narration.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Frequent laughter throughout, much of it from the belly.

Any additional comments?

Given that they are paid professionals, I wish narrators would take more trouble over easily-checked details of pronunciation, foreign phrases, etc. Thanks, however, to Kris Dyer for supplying a treasurable blooper - the 'crème passionelle'.

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- common reader


Actions which can only lead to disaster set this story up. Then it moves into a whodunnit puzzle. Interesting and enjoyable and of its period.
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- Ginger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios