Send for Paul Temple

Francis Durbridge


Send for Paul Temple

Send for Paul Temple

  • Title: Send for Paul Temple
  • Author: Francis Durbridge
  • ISBN: 9781856957977
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Audio



A wave of mysterious robberies is sweeping the country, and fifty thousand pounds worth of diamonds has been stolen in six months During the fourth raid, a nightwatchman is attacked with chloroform, and just manages to gasp out The Green Finger before he dies Chief Inspector Dale has heard the enigmatic phrase before it was the last utterance of a drowning man wantedA wave of mysterious robberies is sweeping the country, and fifty thousand pounds worth of diamonds has been stolen in six months During the fourth raid, a nightwatchman is attacked with chloroform, and just manages to gasp out The Green Finger before he dies Chief Inspector Dale has heard the enigmatic phrase before it was the last utterance of a drowning man wanted in connection with another robbery But with no further leads, the police are baffled The cry goes out in the popular press Send for Paul Temple


Recent Comments "Send for Paul Temple"

Generally like the Paul temple radio serials when listening an episode at a time, no binge listening!This book was like reading a combination of plot synopsis and adaptation of the original story. I have now seen the film, heard the radio serial and read the book. That may have lowered my enjoyment slightly as I started to remember how the story went but still an enjoyable novel. If you’re unfamiliar with the film or radio serial then will enjoy it more.On a side note I have never read a book [...]

Prose adaptation of the first Paul Temple radio serial, read by Anthony Head. A bit compressed, but entertaining if you like cozy mysteries with a bit of a matinee serial/1930s b movie tone to them. This one's particularly of note because it establishes Temple quickly as an unofficial Scotland Yard consultant -- and a confirmed bachelor. Manservant Charlie Price is introduced here, as is Louise "Steve Trent" Harvey, the reporter who settles into a rather stilted married life with Temple. Beware [...]

Paul Temple is a well known author of detective fiction, and also and amateur detective in his own right.After the police are baffled by a spate of jewellery and diamond heists across the midlands, the paers are shouting "Send for Paul Temple!".He is eventually sent for, but before then he's met some interesting characters.It was an interesting read, and knowing "whodunit" wouldn't detract from picking it up again for a re-read.

As has already been observed by another reader, the book reminds one of B movies from the Thirties. It is as if one hears the organ swelling at the end of each chapter. The hero, Paul Temple, is a bore, but the plot is mostly reasonably clever, with the denouement being less adept. The author also seems to be obsessed by tobacco and alcohol.

I've always loved Paul Temple, thanks to a neighbour sharing the radio dramas with my father. I'm lucky enough to own most of the published books, the films and most of the audios, but I have to say that 'Send For Paul Temple' will always remain my favourite. Francis Durbridge has a way of writing that keeps you involved until the last, and even though I know the storyline inside out I will always pick it up as my go-to comfort read.As with many other crime writers of the time (notably 'Sapper's [...]

Steve and Paul stealthily explored the secret passage, listening intently with fierce concentration for any sound of the not-very-clever cockney Crims. 'This long, deep passage we are bravely and determinedly running along - is it a metaphor?' Asked Steve, flicking her eyes attractively as she slipped her small, trembling cold hand into Paul's. 'By Timothy, I'm sure it is,' ejaculated Paul, smoking a Turkish cigarette while drinking fine cherry brandy from his hip flask as they dashed back along [...]

In which Paul meets Steve, and has his first crack at solving mysteries instead of just writing about them. Naturally the plot is as convoluted as ever, featuring secret passages that wend between buildings and include elaborate hidden doors and even an elevator, together with the ubiquitous evil-villain-with-a-weird-secret-name. Standard Temple fare, with the added pleasure of seeing Steve showing a bit of enterprise, before she becomes Mrs Temple and restricts herself to saying "Oh Paul!", bei [...]

This was written in 1938 and set in a similar time and this does come through. An interesting read though and I would like to track down the other PaulTemple books, especially if Steve is also a continuing character (which I assume will be the case). I am also interested if any of the television or movie versions still exist.

Not a dramatised version but the fact that Steve and Paul are not married yet made this a delicious tale. Of course, there's plenty of action again with the usual kidnappings, accidents and murders but the best is (view spoiler)[Steve's proposal at the end (hide spoiler)].

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