The Mystery of Tunnel 51 : Wallace of the Secret Service

  • by Alexander Wilson
  • Narrated by David Timson
  • Series: Wallace of the Secret Service
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chief of the Intelligence Department Sir Leonard Wallace - bearing always the hallmark of coolness and wit - is up to his earlobes in trouble. Summoned by the Viceroy of India, he makes a rapid flight to India to investigate the mysterious death of British officer Major Elliot and the theft of some very important dispatches.

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What the Critics Say

"A romping read.... James Bond may find he has a worthy rival." (Daily Mail)
"The dialogue is reminiscent of that in the early Agatha Christie novels, and there is an air of Simon Templar about Wallace, who seems to be always one step ahead of everyone else." (Books Monthly)

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Customer Reviews

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Passable adventure story

This book has to be seen in its context; this is a 1920's English adventure story. If you are looking for gritty realism, then you are in the wrong place. It is brimming with stiff upper lip, dastardly villains, delicate but plucky ladies and a suave, assured hero. It is a passable adventure to while away a long drive, although one can see why the series has not passed the test of time in the same way as John Buchan's Richard Hannay novels.

I started this intrigued by some reviews of its racism and portrayal of Indian characters. I feel this is a very unreasonable imposition of modern values on quite a gentle period piece. Take that level of censorship and we would wipe out pretty much every work of fiction before 1950, and quite a lot since.

All in all, a light, frothy listen, but not a series I will return to.
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- Derrick

Golden Age

It is wonderful to have access to these stories from the Golden Age of Crime Fiction - a wonderful ripping yarn!!!
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- sd rogerson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2016
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio