Midnight In Peking

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By Paul French.

Read by Crawford Logan.

On a frozen night in January 1937, in the dying days of colonial Peking, the body of a young woman was found in the shadows of a haunted watchtower. It was Pamela Werner, the daughter of the city's former British consul Edward Werner.

A horrified world followed the hunt for Pamela's killer but the police investigation drew a blank and the case was forgotten amid the carnage of the Japanese invasion. Only Pamela's father carried on, employing a network of private investigators to follow the murder trail into Peking's notorious Badlands and back to the gilded hotels of the colonial Quarter.

Seventy-five years later, deep in the Scotland Yard archives, British historian Paul French accidentally came across the lost case file prepared by Edward Werner and, through his fresh eyes, uncovered the killer's identity.

An evocative account of the end of an era, the book spent seven weeks in the South China Morning Post's Top 10 bestsellers list.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

A scandalous murder mystery, mired in conspiracy and corruption, that haunted Old Peking.

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Read by Crawford Logan.

Author Paul French reveals the true-crime "cold case" that haunted the last days of old Peking.

January, 1937. As invading Japanese troops move into the countryside around Peking, two policemen try desperately to discover who was behind the brutal murder of a young British woman, Pamela Werner.

In today's episode, D.C.I. Dennis finally makes a breakthrough in the case, when he discovers blood-spattered clothing belonging to one of the main suspects.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

DCI Dennis makes a breakthrough when a suspect is discovered with blood-spattered clothing

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Read by Crawford Logan.

Author Paul French reveals the true-crime "cold case" that haunted the last days of old Peking.

Spring, 1937. As invading Japanese troops move into the countryside around Peking, two policemen try desperately to discover who was behind the brutal murder of a young British woman, Pamela Werner.

A prime suspect is found for Pamela's murder, but is there enough evidence to arrest him? And will continuing interference from the British consul jeopardise progress in the case?

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

A prime suspect is found for Pamela Werner's murder, but is there enough evidence?

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The hunt for Pamela's killer is halted amid the chaos of the Japanese invasion of Peking.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Author Paul French reveals the true-crime "cold case" that haunted the last days of old Peking.

Summer, 1937. Pamela Werner's unsolved murder is forgotten amidst the violence and chaos of the Japanese invasion of China. But Pamela's father presses on with his own, unofficial, investigation and makes some shocking discoveries.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.