Buckingham Palace Blues : Inspector Carlyle

  • by James Craig
  • Narrated by Joe Jameson
  • Series: Inspector Carlyle
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The third in the best-selling series featuring Inspector Carlyle.
When Inspector John Carlyle discovers a disorientated girl in a park near Buckingham Palace, he takes it upon himself to find out who she is and where she's from. His hunt for the identity of this lost girl takes him from Ukrainian gangsters in North London to the lower reaches of the British aristocracy. Soon, the inspector is on the trail of a child-trafficking ring that stretches from Kiev to London, and back to the palace itself...
James Craig is a media professional living in central London. Born in Scotland, he has lived and worked Down South for over 30 years.

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Realistic, humorous, dark, intelligent...

Carlyle, obstinate, ill-humoured is even more pig-headed and belligerent to the authorities then usual as he fights to right the wrongs of a nine year old Ukranian girl. He battles his old crime protection unit to the palace, a Ukranian gangster , and of course the slow machinations and sheer apathy of the social/justice system.

This case puts a fire in his belly and he causes uproar where ever he goes not really giving a damn bar getting the result he wants, much to his bosses exasperation.

You see a side to Carlyle that is almost endearing, though he still has his foul mouth, crass observations and inner world weary inner monologue which entertained.

The gritty, twisty, multifaceted plot kept me guessing and as usual does not go down any well worn path, stubbornly forcing it's own way that stimulated and kept me guessing how on earth the author was going to end such a complex case.

As usual Joe Jameson gives life and depth to Carlyle which added to my enjoyment.,
JC's best Carlyle novel yet..
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- sharon

Unbelievable and full of inaccuracies.

What could James Craig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I struggled with this book. I am not the biggest of James Craig's fans however this fell so far below even his standards. The book charts the investigation into child trafficking. I found the lack of basic understanding of the way police, CEOP and social care works, offensive. I have no problem with poetic licence, I do have a problem with blatant ignorance or reliance on out dated stereotypical misogynistic characters. It was full of moralistic absurdities such as a character not enforcing an arrest warrant for child trafficker - really? Come on!


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Jameson?

On to narration. This did not help the book - I have never heard anyone speak like Joe Jameson narrates. All the female characters sound the same - dull and dumb. When he was reading a narrative rather then a character, the narration was ok. On the whole though, it was not good. I would also expect a narrator or the production crew or the author to know how to read / say basic, and repeatedly used references in the book. For example the narrator spells out C-E-O-P (child exploitation and online protection centre) throughout the book. It is referred to by all including the media as CE-OP (like you would say CO-OP). This is a basic reference which is just not understood or corrected.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book was unbelievable and, at times, offensive. I listened to it all just to see how Craig would conclude it - needless to say it finished as it started - poorly written and unbelievable.


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- AnnaJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios