The Norfolk Mystery

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0120130729

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

It's 1937 and Stephen Sefton is drifting. Just a year earlier, he'd left London in a fever of idealism to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Now he is back, injured both mentally and physically. He has turned into a seething mass of self- pity. He's at rock bottom and penniless. So when he sees an advert for an assistant to a writer, he applies. His interviewer is the People's Professor; Swanton Morley - whose type of learning is the sort scorned by academia but loved by the masses, who lap up his books with titles like 'Morley's Art for All' and 'Morley's Old Wild West.'

His latest project is to be called The County Guides. It's a typically ambitious plan to celebrate the best of England county by county, from the wheelwrights of Devon to the shoe makers of Northampton, and covering sport, natural history and every other conceivable subject in between. They're starting in Norfolk, but they're going to be distracted by a dark discovery and a host of eccentric characters - not all of whom react well to Morley's manner, his pedigree or his un-flinching quest to reveal the truth.

The book is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

0220130730

Julian Rhind-tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

Everybody had heard of Swanton Morley - the People's Professor. His was the kind of learning that was scorned by the official world of Academia but adored by the throbbing masses who bought books of his with tiles like 'Morley's guide to Carpentering,' 'Morley's Book of the Sea' and 'Morley's Old Wild West'.

Sefton only just survived Morley's interrogation at the interview. He had fallen short with his knowledge of the Canadian export market but redeemed himself with his ability to recite a little of Wordsworth's Prelude. As Sefton meets Morley's thrill seeking daughter Miriam, he begins to wonder what he has let himself in for.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

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Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

Sefton and Morley (the People's Professor) set off in rural Norfolk to do field research for the first of The County Guides. With typical ambition and zealous eye for detail, Morley is keen to capture as much of the local flavour as possible, dictating to Sefton on everything from the history of flint knapping to the local names for birds. But they are soon diverted from their enquiries by an altogether more sinister discovery.

The abridgement is by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

The producer is Sarah Langan.

0420130801

Julian Rhind-tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery. The parishioners of Blakeney are reeling from the discovery of the reverend's body; Mrs Snatchfold is particularly distressed. The police arrive, and Sefton gets to know the troubled housekeeper, Hannah. A local retired professor by the name of Thistle-Smith is also recruited to help, but he and Morley lock horns immediately.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

0520130802

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery. Morley and Sefton retire to the public bar to discuss the mystery of the reverend's death. But Morley sticks out like a sore thumb; his fondness for tongue twisters and quotations, his expansive gesticulation and the ordering of water don't help. While Sefton squirms with embarrassment, Sefton ponders (loudly) on the motivation for the reverend's apparent suicide. Later, Sefton has another assignation with the mysterious Hannah.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

0620130805

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

Sefton and Morley had set out to do field research for Morley's latest educational book - a guide to Norfolk. But they have been diverted by the death of the vicar in Blakeney. Morley is determined to get back on track though, so they pay a visit to a Miss Harris, a faded start of light opera. She shares with Morley some local myths and folk stories. With her regal manner, she 'measures out sentences as though she were handing out precious gifts.' She is also barely able to contain her disapproval for the late vicar; "He wore pullovers". Meanwhile Sefton hears shocking news about Hannah, and Lizzie tells him all of the local gossip about her and the vicar.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

0720130806

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

Morley's investigations are the talk of the town in the village of Blakeney. They are also getting up the nose of the Deputy Detective Chief Inspector for the Norfolk Constabulary. Despite Morley's best efforts to engage the detective in philosophical debate, the detective makes it clear that Morley should keep his distance. So Morley ignores Sefton's plea to investigate the desecration of the statue of the Virgin Mary in the church, and decides instead to visit Reverend Swain in the neighbouring village.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

0820130807

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery. Morley is still determined to discover who sent the bullet in the post to the vicar. On his visit to Reverend Swain from the neighbouring village, he discovered that Swain had been good friends with the late vicar for years, having met at Oxford. However, Morley's attempts to get Swain to speculate on the motivation for the vicar's suicide were thwarted.

Their latest research for their guide to the county of Norfolk takes Morley and Sefton to College Park; home to a community of artists headed by the enigmatic Juan and his muse, Constance. Although Morley is thrilled to annotate the steps of their folk dancing, it turns out that the bohemians also remain tight lipped to the point of defensiveness when it comes to the dead vicar and his housekeeper. Morley sniffs something amiss.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

0920130808

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

Morley and Sefton are keen to meet the person who painted a disturbing and lustful portrait of the maid, Hannah. Their next enquiries take them to the local shop where their best efforts at discrete enquiry are thwarted by a big man wielding a cricket bat. Then, Morley is harangued into attending a sherry party hosted by the Thistle Smiths, where he is a fish out water. Sefton discovers that the aged Mrs Thistle Smith has a teenage son. Meanwhile, the professor makes the fatal mistake of ragging Morley.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.

10 LAST20130809

Julian Rhind-Tutt reads the final part of Ian Sansom's new comic thriller, The Norfolk Mystery.

Swanton Morley and his assistant Stephen Sefton had set out in rural Norfolk to conduct field research for Morley's latest set of guidebooks. However their attentions have been diverted by the deaths of the local vicar and his maid, Hannah. In the pursuit of their enquiries, they have bumped into several local characters; the formidable Miss Harris, the parsimonious Reverend Swain, the free spirited Juan and Constance, the curmudgeonly detective and of course Mrs Thistle Smith and her husband, Morley's nemesis, the Professor. All gather today in the church to hear a shocking revelation.

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom is abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by: Sarah Langan.