Summer, 1936: Writer Josephine Tey joins her friends in Portmeirion, meeting with Alfred Hitchcock to sign a film deal. Hitchcock has a few tricks planned to keep the party entertained, but things get out of hand when a Hollywood actress is brutally murdered. As fear and suspicion take over, Chief Inspector Archie Penrose becomes unsatisfied with the investigation. Several years later another horrific murder drives Penrose back to Portmeirion to uncover the shocking truth.
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Tortuous plot lines finally defeat listener
A patient person whose written notes and diagrams attempting to make sense of the connections/ secrets/names/ illnesses/addictions..all of these factors and more..were better drafted than mine. I am still looking at the diagram and trying to work out how the last lines of the novel are possible in the light of my diagrams, faux films, faux letters...it's too much.
Sorry. I give up. I had persisted even though chatty, exclaiming dialogue is very tedious, especially in an audible only medium. The novelty has utterly worn off.
No. Enough. Everything in this novel seemed to hinge on being able to follow the dialogue, as characterised by this actor because that is all the earnest listener has to try and draw some accurate conclusions. Scottish, Welsh, American, class differences...all the accents required in this production were out of this actor's range.
David Lascelles, Jack Spence, Mr Franks,Mr Turnbull's alter ego, Astrid Lake ( where did she go?,) Branwyn and her Mum and her caretaker, her son, her Aunt, ..my list could go on. Actually..come to think of it, perhaps I would have approved of the movie in the novel..the one made by the faux Mr Hitchcock, not the other faux movie..you see what I mean?
A yes..and jettison the porn star nun.
How difficult the balance is between providing a compelling, complex but satisfying listen with only a few too easy to spot resolutions presented by an authoritative, fine writer. This novel did not achieve a much wished for balance.
So confusing, unlike the previous three
- Ms Lixie