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Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost

A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
Written by: Simon Brett
Narrated by: David Threlfall
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins

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Publisher's Summary

David Threlfall stars as Father Paolo Baldi in two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. 'Death Cap' sees Paolo attending a monastic retreat far out in County Cork, where a sudden death among the Franciscan brothers causes him to suspect foul play. In 'Devil Take the Hindmost', Paolo and Tina investigate the death of a student on campus, following the trail that leads to an arrogant clique dabbling in the occult. Is there a rational explanation, or is the Devil really involved?

Two more thrilling mysteries for the clerical sleuth, starring David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher and T.P. McKenna in the series created by Barry Devlin and written by Simon Brett and Annie Caulfield.

©2011 Simon Brett (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheryl Waters
  • 14-07-11

Grab This at Audible's Next Sale!

These low-key BBC productions are always high value, as Father Baldi, soul-searching philosopher, takes us through slices of contemporary society, solving not only crimes but his own frailties. Very reminiscent of Chesterton's Father Brown.

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  • Librarian
  • 09-01-13

A different listening experience, TV of the mind!

What made the experience of listening to The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes) the most enjoyable?

The voices of the different characters were easy to follow & kept the story flowing. I usually listen to unabridged versions & thought a dramatization would be easier to catch on to the story. But it is an entirely different beast. The fad outs for scene shifts, the background noises, & lack of narrative descriptions are dramatization techniques I had to become familiar with to enjoy the stories. And enjoy I did. These are clean, simply entertaining, Irish accented radio plays, on the par with other Simon Brett stories. I bought this title on an Audible sale & am glad I did.

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  • AE
  • 03-11-12

Badly cut & not worth the $$

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Has The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes) turned you off from other books in this genre?


How could the performance have been better?

Though the actors are decent, this radio version is badly edited and seems very truncated. Although it was not expensive it was still not worth the price.

What character would you cut from The Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries: Death Cap & Devil Take the Hindmost (BBC Radio Crimes)?


Any additional comments?

If these stories are ever recorded in a more complete and professional manner they might be interesting.