Francis Durbridge - Author

About the Author

Francis Henry Durbridge was born 25th November 1912 in Hull, England. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School, where he was encouraged to write by his English teacher. He continued to do so while studying English at Birmingham University. After graduating in 1933, he worked for a short time as a stockbroker's clerk before selling a radio play, Promotion, to the BBC at the age of 21. In 1938, Durbridge created the character Paul Temple, a crime novelist and detective. With Steve Trent, a Fleet Street journalist and later his wife, Temple solved numerous crimes in the glamorous world of the leisured middle classes, first on radio, then in films and, from 1969 to 1971, in a television series. In addition to the Paul Temple series, Durbridge wrote other mysteries for radio and television, many of which were also produced for German and Italian television and radio. Durbridge also forged a successful career as a writer for the stage with seven plays, the last of which, Sweet Revenge, was written in 1991. He also wrote 43 novels, many of which were adapted from his scripts, sometimes with the help of others. Durbridge married Norah Lawley in 1940, they had two sons. He died at his home in Barnes, aged 85 on 11th April 1998.

Featured books by Francis Durbridge

Other books by Francis Durbridge

Dead to the World Based on Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery

Dead to the World Based on Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

This novelisation of the radio serial Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery also includes a Paul Temple short story, `The Ventriloquist's Doll'. Photographer and amateur detective Philip Holt is asked to investigate the unexplained murder of an American student at an English university. With a postcard signed `Christopher' and the boy's father's missing signet ring as his only leads, Holt's investigation soon snowballs into forgery, blackmail, smuggling ... and more murder. Dead to the World is Francis Durbridge's novelisation of his radio serial Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery, rewriting the Paul and Steve Temple characters as Philip Holt and his secretary Ruth Sanders. This new edition is introduced by bibliographer Melvyn Barnes and includes the Paul Temple Christmas story THE VENTRILOQUIST'S DOLL.

Another Woman's Shoes Based on Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case

Another Woman's Shoes Based on Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

This novelisation of the radio serial Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case also includes a bonus short story, `Paul Temple and the Nightingale'. It was an open-and-shut case: Lucy Staines was murdered by her hot-headed fiance Harold Weldon. But something about it is troubling ex-Fleet Street crime reporter Mike Baxter - why was one of Lucy's shoes missing from the crime scene? When an identical murder occurs while Weldon is safely behind bars, the whole case is re-opened - and everything revolves around another woman's shoes... Another Woman's Shoes is Francis Durbridge's rewrite of his radio serial Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case, in which Mike and Linda Baxter take the places of Paul and Steve Temple in pursuing the killer. This new edition is introduced by bibliographer Melvyn Barnes and includes the short story PAUL TEMPLE AND THE NIGHTINGALE.

Back Room Girl By the Author of Paul Temple

Back Room Girl By the Author of Paul Temple

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Never published in paperback, and back in print for the first time since 1950, Back Room Girl was the first original novel by Francis Durbridge. Retiring to No Man's Cove in Cornwall to write his memoirs, crime reporter Roy Benton discovers that a disused tin mine has become a research station for a secret weapons project. Karen Silvers, in charge of operations, reluctantly accepts that Benton's experience could help her fight a sinister organisation intent on stealing their plans. Having adapted five of his Paul Temple radio serials into successful novelisations, in 1950 Francis Durbridge decided to try his hand at writing his first original novel. Back Room Girl bore all the hallmarks of the famous Paul Temple stories, an outlandish mixture of mystery, glamour and suspense, in a book that was never reprinted and so became an enigma to his many fans - until now. Includes an introduction by bibliographer Melvyn Barnes plus two rare short stories written for Christmas annuals: LIGHT-FINGERS and A PRESENT FROM PAUL TEMPLE.

Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery

Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2018

Paul and Steve are called upon to crack a case involving Carl Milbourne, the brother-in-law of wealthy financier Maurice Lonsdale. After the news that Carl has perished in a fatal car accident, rumours begin to stir that despite all odds, Carl is alive and well. When Maurice's widowed Sister Margaret pleads for the crime-fighting duos help, Paul and Steve find themselves on a trail of deception stretching from London to Switzerland. Their lives are in grave danger as everything is done in an attempt to stall their search - anonymous gunmen, exploding cars, ransom demands, and a mysterious rendezvous that may prove to be the end of Paul and Steve...

Design For Murder Based on `Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair'

Design For Murder Based on `Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair'

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2017

Never before published in paperback, and back in print for the first time since 1951, this long-lost novelisation reworks the nail-biting radio serial `Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair' with new and original characters. The Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard visits retired Detective Lionel Wyatt with the chilling news that an old adversary they never caught has struck again, strangling an innocent girl. Wyatt is reluctant to return to police work, but then another body is found - this time at his own home, with a personal message: `With the compliments of Mr Rossiter'. In Design for Murder, Francis Durbridge adapted his longest Paul Temple serial, Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, into a full-length novel. All the obligatory elements from the thrilling radio episodes were present, but in a new twist, he renamed the principal characters: Paul and Steve Temple became Lionel and Sally Wyatt, and `Mr Rossiter' replaced the villainous Gregory. Reprinted for the first time in 66 years, fans of Francis Durbridge and of Paul Temple can finally relive this ingenious adventure. Also includes an introduction by bibliographer Melvyn Barnes plus the exclusive 1946 Radio Times short story `Paul Temple's White Christmas'.

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Four Paul Temple Returns (2006-2013)

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Four Paul Temple Returns (2006-2013)

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

Paul Temple lives again in five BBC Radio 4 remakes of classic adventures, starring Crawford Logan as Paul and Gerda Stephenson as Steve. Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery (2006) A pair of spectacles spells danger for the suave sleuth and his wife as they embark on a trip to Egypt. Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery (2008) A murdered millionaire and a mysterious watch-chain sets the Temples on the trail of an international counterfeiting gang. Paul Temple and Steve (2010) On the hunt for notorious criminal mastermind Dr Belasco, Paul and Steve find trouble at every turn... A Case for Paul Temple (2011) Braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul pursues a shadowy drug dealer known only as `Valentine'. Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair (2013) When a young woman disappears, Paul is drawn into a ruthless kidnapping racket run by the murderous `Mr Gregory'. These five dramas were originally broadcast in the late 1940s, but are now missing from the BBC archives. Using the same scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music, these remakes have been engineered to sound as much like the lost serials as possible. Duration: 21 hours approx.

Beware of Johnny Washington Based on `Send for Paul Temple'

Beware of Johnny Washington Based on `Send for Paul Temple'

Author: Francis Durbridge, Melvin Barnes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Republished for the first time since 1951, Beware of Johnny Washington is Francis Durbridge's clever reworking of the very first Paul Temple radio serial using his new characters, the amiable Johnny Washington and newspaper columnist Verity Glyn. Includes as a bonus the first Paul Temple short story, `A Present for Paul'. When a gang of desperate criminals begins leaving calling cards inscribed `With the Compliments of Johnny Washington', the real Johnny Washington is encouraged by an attractive newspaper columnist to throw in his lot with the police. Johnny, an American `gentleman of leisure' who has settled at a quiet country house in Kent to enjoy the fishing, soon finds himself involved with the mysterious Horatio Quince, a retired schoolmaster who is on the trail of the gang's unscrupulous leader, the elusive `Grey Moose'. Best known for creating Paul Temple for BBC radio in 1938, Francis Durbridge's prolific output of crime and mystery stories, encompassing plays, radio, television, films and books, made him a household name for more than 50 years. A new radio character, `Johnny Washington, Esquire', hit the airwaves in 1949, leading to the publication of this one-off novel in 1951. This Detective Club classic is introduced by writer and bibliographer Melvyn Barnes, author of Francis Durbridge: A Centenary Appreciation, who reveals how Johnny Washington's only literary outing was actually a reworking of Durbridge's own Send for Paul Temple.

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Four

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Four

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

Paul Temple lives again in five BBC Radio 4 remakes of classic adventures, starring Crawford Logan as Paul and Gerda Stephenson as Steve. Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery (2006) A pair of spectacles spells danger for the suave sleuth and his wife as they embark on a trip to Egypt.Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery (2008) A murdered millionaire and a mysterious watch-chain sets the Temples on the trail of an international counterfeiting gang. Paul Temple and Steve (2010) On the hunt for notorious criminal mastermind Dr Belasco, Paul and Steve find trouble at every turn... A Case for Paul Temple (2011) Braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul pursues a shadowy drug dealer known only as 'Valentine'. Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair (2013) When a young woman disappears, Paul is drawn into a ruthless kidnapping racket run by the murderous 'Mr Gregory'. These five dramas were originally broadcast in the late 1940s, but are now missing from the BBC archives. Using the same scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music, these remakes have been engineered to sound as much like the lost serials as possible.

Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery

Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2017

When two young women are found murdered within a week of each other, Scotland Yard enlist the help of sleuthing crime writer Paul Temple to unravel the mystery. Working in tandem with his astute and elegant wife Steve, Temple takes up the scent and discovers a dark secret that places them both in mortal danger.

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Three The Sixties (1960-1968)

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Three The Sixties (1960-1968)

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/02/2017

Paul Temple swings into the Sixties in these five complete radio dramas starring Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury - plus bonus archive material. Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case (1960) A dead girl's father is sure the police have placed the wrong man in the gallows. This 1960s remake version is published for the first time. Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery (1961) The suave sleuth tries to connect his wife's kidnapping with a body dressed in an expensive designer coat. Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery (1963) After meeting an American couple on a flight, Paul Temple is soon investigating another murder in this 1963 remake. Paul Temple and Geneva Mystery (1965) A woman thinks her late husband is still alive - and someone would prefer Paul Temple dead... Paul Temple and the Alex Affair (1968) The debonair detective investigates three murders, all linked to the mysterious and elusive 'Alex'. This volume also includes the bonus 2005 radio feature Peter Coke and the Paul Temple Affair, introducing the man behind radio's smoothest and most sophisticated sleuth. Actor Peter Coke talks to Michaela Saunders about how he got the part, what he thinks of his famous catchphrase and more. Duration: 18 hours approx.

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Three

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Three

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2017

Paul Temple swings into the Sixties in these five complete radio dramas starring Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury - plus bonus archive material.Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case (1960) A dead girl's father is sure the police have placed the wrong man in the gallows. This 1960s remake version is published for the first time. Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery (1961) The suave sleuth tries to connect his wife's kidnapping with a body dressed in an expensive designer coat. Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery (1963) After meeting an American couple on a flight, Paul Temple is soon investigating another murder in this 1963 remake. Paul Temple and Geneva Mystery (1965) A woman thinks her late husband is still alive - and someone would prefer Paul Temple dead... Paul Temple and the Alex Affair (1968) The debonair detective investigates three murders, all linked to the mysterious and elusive 'Alex'. This volume also includes the bonus 2005 radio feature Peter Coke and the Paul Temple Affair, introducing the man behind radio's smoothest and most sophisticated sleuth. Actor Peter Coke talks to Michaela Saunders about how he got the part, what he thinks of his famous catchphrase and more. Duration: 18 hours approx.

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Two The Fifties

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Two The Fifties

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2016

Five complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple (Peter Coke) and his wife Steve (Marjorie Westbury) are the creme de la creme. Between 1938 and 1968 their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's adventures from the 1950s: 'The Gilbert Case' (1954); 'The Lawrence Affair' (1956); 'The Spencer Affair' (1957); 'The Vandyke Affair' (the 1959 remake) and 'The Conrad Case' (1959). This set also includes a number of bonus items.Duration: 19 hours approx

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Two

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Two

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

Five complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple (Peter Coke) and his wife Steve (Marjorie Westbury) are the creme de la creme. Between 1938 and 1968 their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's adventures from the 1950s: 'The Gilbert Case' (1954); 'The Lawrence Affair' (1956); 'The Spencer Affair' (1957); 'The Vandyke Affair' (the 1959 remake) and 'The Conrad Case' (1959). This set also includes a number of bonus items.Duration: 19 hours approx

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One The Early Years (1938-1950)

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One The Early Years (1938-1950)

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/02/2016

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife Steve are the creme de la creme. Between 1938 and 1968 their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures. 'Send for Paul Temple' (1940) is an early remake of the now-lost original 1938 BBC production. 'Paul Temple Intervenes' (1942) finds Paul and Steve investigating a series of celebrity murders, whilst 'Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair' (the original 1950 production, presented here for the very first time) concerns the strange disappearance of the Desmond baby and her sitter. Hugh Morton, Bernard Braden, Carl Bernard and Peter Coke play Paul in these episodes, with Bernadette Hodgson, Peggy Hassard and Marjorie Westbury as Steve. A bonus disc features rare archive material from otherwise lost productions, including the final episodes of 'Send for Paul Temple' (1938) and 'Paul Temple and the Front Page Men' (1938). Duration: 11 hours approx.

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2016

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife Steve are the creme de la creme. Between 1938 and 1968 their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures. 'Send for Paul Temple' (1940) is an early remake of the now-lost original 1938 BBC production. 'Paul Temple Intervenes' (1942) finds Paul and Steve investigating a series of celebrity murders, whilst 'Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair' (the original 1950 production, presented here for the very first time) concerns the strange disappearance of the Desmond baby and her sitter. Hugh Morton, Bernard Braden, Carl Bernard and Peter Coke play Paul in these episodes, with Bernadette Hodgson, Peggy Hassard and Marjorie Westbury as Steve. A bonus disc features rare archive material from otherwise lost productions, including the final episodes of 'Send for Paul Temple' (1938) and 'Paul Temple and the Front Page Men' (1938). Duration: 11 hours approx.

Present from Paul Temple: Two Short Stories including Light-Fingers: A Paul Temple Story (A Paul Temple Mystery)

Present from Paul Temple: Two Short Stories including Light-Fingers: A Paul Temple Story (A Paul Temple Mystery)

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2015

Two short stories featuring Francis Durbridge's famous detective, Paul Temple.The perfect winter read, these two short stories follow Paul and Steve through a blustery Christmas and New Year's Eve to solve two compelling crimes. Also featuring an introduction from Francis Durbridge on how he created his famous detective.

Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery

Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2015

What could possibly connect expensive Margo `designer' coats, an industrialist, a petrified celebrity, and a psychiatrist with a peculiar secretary? A potent murder plot is underway when a terrifying warning is received on the grounds of a funfair. It's up to Paul to unravel a disturbing set of mysteries that turns this funhouse into a deadly death trap.

Paul Temple and the Curzon Case

Paul Temple and the Curzon Case

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2015

An aeroplane crash sends billows of fire down the cliffs of Dulworth Bay and two boys from a public school go missing, what connects these two events? Paul Temple is called onto the scene and there's one name that's causing a stir, Curzon. The mysterious name appears etched on a cricket bat that belongs to one of the missing Baxter boys, but family members and village folk have never even heard of it. As another boy vanishes followed by a devastating murder, Paul has to act swiftly and determine the unknown identity of the killer to put an end to Curzon's reign of terror.

Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery

Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Paul and Steve are back to solve the latest hard-hitting case of robbery and murder. After a heist goes down at Harkdale bank, a gang of thieves flee and a car chase ensues. As police close in on them, the thieves come to a screeching dead end. All the police have to do is retrieve the money ... but the only thing the thieves have on them is an Oxford Dictionary! And when Paul Temple returns home, he finds the dead body of one of the robbers...

Paul Temple 3-Book Collection

Paul Temple 3-Book Collection

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

The first three books in the hugely popular Paul Temple series follows crime fighting duo Paul and his wife Steve.Send for Paul Temple:In the dead of night, a watchman is brutally attacked and with his dying breath cries out, "e;The Green Finger!"e; It is the latest in a series of robberies to take place that have left Scotland Yard mystified, and with no other choice but to call upon the expertise of Detective Paul Temple.Aided by the beautiful journalist Louise Harvey - affectionately known as Steve - the duo discover that this is not the first victim to warn of the dangerous and elusive 'Green Finger'... who or what is it? The pair must work together to solve the deepening mystery.Paul Temple and the Front Page Men:The detective novel 'The Front Page Men' is a resounding success, but its author Andrea Fortune keeps herself hidden from the public. When a series of robberies are committed, a calling card is left bearing the legend of 'The Front Page Men'.Then the murders begin.Paul and his wife Steve assist Scotland Yard in finding the murderers, but Steve is in grave danger and the clock is ticking.News of Paul Temple:As detective Paul Temple turns his hand to playwright, his leading lady Iris Archer pulls out shortly before the play is due to open and declares that she is heading for France.However, shortly after her disappearance Paul Temple receives a guest at his Scottish holiday home - none other than that of Iris Archer.The mystery deepens as Temple is asked by a young man to act as postmaster in delivering a letter. Meanwhile someone acting under the codename of Z4 seems to have control of events. Could this be Doctor Steiner, and just who is he? It is all up to Temple . . .

Paul Temple: East of Algiers

Paul Temple: East of Algiers

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

When Paul Temple is asked to do a simple favour for his wife Steve, he has no idea of the brutal repercussions about to follow. Flying from Paris, Temple and Steve are bound for Tunis to deliver a package to David Foster ... until the parcel's sender is found dead in a dust bin. It is the prelude to a series of murders, leaving Temple and Steve desperate to stop the tide of escalating events - only they can get to the heart of the mystery and ensure that justice prevails.

Paul Temple and the Kelby Affair

Paul Temple and the Kelby Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Historian Alfred Kelby decides to publish the diaries of Margaret Spender, Lord Delamore's secretary and secret lover. But these diaries go beyond historical records, they are pure scandal. Before the diary can be published, Kelby makes an unsettling disappearance. Someone is out to get their hands on these potentially explosive diaries no matter what and Temple is desperate to stop them. As he digs deeper into the dark political underworld, it is up to him to find out what really happened to Lord Delamore, the statesman whose death over ten years ago has been shrouded in mystery.

Send for Paul Temple Again!

Send for Paul Temple Again!

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Actress Norma Rice is found dead on a train, and the letters REX are scrawled in red chalk on her compartment window. It is the third death to occur in a mysterious string of murders and Scotland Yard are compelled to send once again for Paul Temple. Temple, now acting as an investigator as well as a mystery novelist, is joined by his wife Steve as they are embroiled in this latest mystery. As they convene to discuss the case with the Yard's Sir Graham Forbes at a nightclub, they witness one of the performers die in the middle of her act before they have a chance to speak to her. Can Steve and Paul unmask 'Rex' before they strike again?

Paul Temple Intervenes

Paul Temple Intervenes

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard often calls upon Paul Temple to help with his latest unfathomable case... In a small country lane, the well-known American, Myron Harwood, is found dead. The murder heralds the start of a spate of celebrity deaths - and each time the victim is found with a small white piece of cardboard, bearing the inscription `The Marquis'. When a woman is pulled from the river with the same note attached to her dress, Paul Temple sends a note to Sir Graham Forbes. His message reads: `is it true what they say about Rita?' Rita Cartwright was a private detective hired to investigate the Marquis murders - and now she is the eighth victim. The police are baffled and the Home Secretary is calling for Paul Temple to intervene...

Paul Temple and the Front Page Men

Paul Temple and the Front Page Men

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2015

The detective novel `The Front Page Men' is a resounding success, but its author Andrea Fortune keeps herself hidden from the public. When a series of robberies are committed, a calling card is left bearing the legend of `The Front Page Men'. Then the murders begin. Paul and his wife Steve assist Scotland Yard in finding the murderers, but Steve is in grave danger and the clock is ticking.

News of Paul Temple

News of Paul Temple

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2015

As detective Paul Temple turns his hand to playwright, his leading lady Iris Archer pulls out shortly before the play is due to open and declares that she is heading for France. However, shortly after her disappearance Paul Temple receives a guest at his Scottish holiday home - none other than that of Iris Archer. The mystery deepens as Temple is asked by a young man to act as postmaster in delivering a letter. Meanwhile someone acting under the codename of Z4 seems to have control of events. Could this be Doctor Steiner, and just who is he? It is all up to Temple . . .

Send for Paul Temple

Send for Paul Temple

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2015

In the dead of night, a watchman is brutally attacked and with his dying breath cries out, The Green Finger! It is the latest in a series of robberies to take place that have left Scotland Yard mystified, and with no other choice but to call upon the expertise of Detective Paul Temple. Aided by the beautiful journalist Louise Harvey - affectionately known as Steve - the duo discover that this is not the first victim to warn of the dangerous and elusive `Green Finger'... who or what is it? The pair must work together to solve the deepening mystery.

Send for Paul Temple

Send for Paul Temple

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2015

Bernard Braden stars in an original 1940 full-cast production of the very first Paul Temple adventureBetween 1938 and 1968 the exploits of amateur detective Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, enthralled generations of BBC radio listeners. Theirs was an exciting world of violence and glamour - car bombs and cocktail parties. In Paul and Steve's very first adventure, starring Bernard Braden as Paul with Peggy Hassard as Steve, a spate of jewel robberies in the Midlands has left the police baffled. They are the work of a shadowy criminal mastermind known only as The Knave of Diamonds. But who is the Knave? And can he be stopped?All but one episode of the original 1938 BBC production of Send for Paul Temple are lost from the archives. However, this complete recording of a 1940 production - made for Canadian radio and based on the original BBC radio scripts - was recently rediscovered in the national Library and Archives of Canada. Digitally restored, all six episodes are now available for the very first time. Two bonus features are also included: the sole surviving sixth episode of the original 1938 production, starring the original Paul Temple, Hugh Morton, and an unbroadcast interview with the longest-running Paul Temple actor, Peter Coke.

Send for Paul Temple A 1940 full-cast production of Paul's very first adventure

Send for Paul Temple A 1940 full-cast production of Paul's very first adventure

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/04/2015

Bernard Braden stars in an original 1940 full-cast production of the very first Paul Temple adventure Between 1938 and 1968 the exploits of amateur detective Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, enthralled generations of BBC radio listeners. Theirs was an exciting world of violence and glamour - car bombs and cocktail parties. In Paul and Steve's very first adventure, starring Bernard Braden as Paul with Peggy Hassard as Steve, a spate of jewel robberies in the Midlands has left the police baffled. They are the work of a shadowy criminal mastermind known only as The Knave of Diamonds. But who is the Knave? And can he be stopped? All but one episode of the original 1938 BBC production of Send for Paul Temple are lost from the archives. However, this complete recording of a 1940 production - made for Canadian radio and based on the original BBC radio scripts - was recently rediscovered in the national Library and Archives of Canada. Digitally restored, all six episodes are now available for the very first time. Two bonus features are also included: the sole surviving sixth episode of the original 1938 production, starring the original Paul Temple, Hugh Morton, and an unbroadcast interview with the longest-running Paul Temple actor, Peter Coke.

Paul Temple And The Gregory Affair

Paul Temple And The Gregory Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 12/09/2013

It is 1946, and the whole country is shocked by the disappearance of a young woman who, according to a note found at the scene of the crime, is the victim of a certain 'Mr Gregory'. When a second girl disappears, Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard appeals to Temple and Steve for help. Their investigations take them from a lonely Yorkshire clifftop to the Blitz-damaged East End, from a gangster-run Mayfair nightclub to a deserted warehouse on the Thames, always with danger round the corner and Mr Gregory one step ahead. Can Temple and Steve track unmask him before he strikes again? This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production. As far as possible it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded if its recording had survived. 5 CDs. 5 hrs.

The Other Man

The Other Man

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2012

The houseboat murder of Paul Rocello, in town only two weeks before he was the unfortunate recipient of deadly head blows, rocked the town of Medwell. But what was his connection with the mysteriously absent owner of the boat, James Cooper? What on earth was David Henderson, reputable local schoolmaster, doing at the scene of the murder just before the body was discovered? And why was he less than candid with the police? In a classic investigation into deceit and deadly secrets, Inspector Ford must delve beneath the virtuous facade of respectability to discover the sinister truth.

My Wife Melissa

My Wife Melissa

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Who killed Melissa and why? And who telephoned Guy Foster impersonating his dead wife at least an hour after she was strangled? The mystery deepens when another victim is found murdered in Guy's cottage after Guy receives another urgent, whispered phone call by someone sounding like Melissa. In the novelisation of his television series, Francis Durbridge keeps the reader guessing until the last page.

The Pig-tail Murder

The Pig-tail Murder

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

The day he got involved with Selby Brooks was a day Mike Hilton wishes hadn't happened. She was sleek and delectable and he, on the rebound from a shaky marriage, succumbed all too easily to her allure. The trouble was that Selby was a blackmailer, and blackmailers have no friends, only nasty enemies. Her nastiest enemy of all was the notorious `Mr King'. He had already exercised a royal prerogative by killing a troublesome stripper, and then he struck again - with Mike Hilton as the fall guy. With an alibi as elusive as the murderer himself, Mike knew he had been suckered, and what had started as an innocent affair looked like landing him on a murder charge. `Europe's most popular thriller playwright . . . a new Durbridge thriller is an event' Daily Telegraph

The Passenger

The Passenger

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

David Walker, a toy manufacturer, usually made it a rule not to give lifts to stray young women. And on this occasion, with his business preoccupations and anxieties about his wife, most hitch-hikers would have forgiven him for passing them by. But this one was an extremely pretty girl in her early twenties, wearing a set of fairly new jeans and with a cheeky cap on her head; there was something innocent and appealing about her. Her face fell as she saw that he intended to ignore her signals and as he gathered speed he was left with the impression of an almost despairing disappointment. He relented at once. It was the biggest mistake of his life. When she disappears, David is caught in a sudden storm of intrigue and confusion; the picture may have been blurred, but the frame was set. And somewhere in the picture are blackmail, big money, and murder. Detective Inspector Martin Denson has only the faintest of outlines from which to discover the truth. And he has less time to do it in that he thought.

A Game of Murder

A Game of Murder

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Set in London, A Game of Murder features a young Scotland Yard CIT officer who is on leave when his father dies in a golfing accident. But Harry Dawson won't let the mystery go, for mystery it is. Who is the young man seen on the golf links? Why is everyone so interested in a dog collar? What is the connection with the man in the pet shop? Is it really possible that the housekeeper's nephew can be inept as he seems? And where is the housekeeper? Francis Durbridge's twisting, turning plot drips suspense on every page, quickening into a flood of action and mystery that keeps the reader guessing till the very end.

The Desperate People

The Desperate People

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Rex Holt - a nice lad, carefree, brimming with over-confidence, is found dead in a hotel room out in the country. It appears to have been suicide but Philip Holt is convinced that his brother has been murdered; and his conviction brings him up against those who cheat, who rob, who go to the utmost lengths to achieve their aim - the desperate people to whom murder is one of the norms of life..

A Case For Paul Temple

A Case For Paul Temple

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 20/10/2011

From 1938 to 1968 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. Now the glamorous duo return to the airwaves to break a mysterious drug-running gang. Post-war London is buzzing with speculation about the deaths of ten young drug addicts within the space of just one week. The police are desperate to cut off supplies of heroin and cocaine to the capital, but they are struggling. So Sir Graham Forbes turns to Paul Temple. By fast car and police launch, on deserted houseboats and midnight beaches, in dodgy East End pubs and smart West End restaurants, braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul and Steve pursue the ruthless and feared drug dealer known only as `Valentine'. This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production. As far as possible it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded if its recording had survived. 4 CDs. 4 hrs.

Curzon Case

Curzon Case

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2011

An aeroplane crashes on the cliffs of Dulworth Bay, whilst two boys disappear from a public school. Are these events connected? There follows a gripping story of kidnapping, intrigue and death. And just who is Curzon? Another boy disappears and a murder follows - Paul Temple must urgently determine Curzon's identity and put an end to his terrible deeds.

Paul Temple And Steve

Paul Temple And Steve

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/08/2010

From 1938 to 1968, crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular serials. Now the dapper duo return refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves, to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London. Enlisted by Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard to help track down the mysterious Dr Belasco, Paul and Steve find clues in cigarette lighters and bodies in shrubberies, dance the night away in louche Latin American night clubs, meet sinister manservants and suspicious foreigners, and have their lives threatened at every turn. Just as well Steve remembered to bring along her revolver as well as her ration book... This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the incidental music from the missing 1947 production. As far as possible, it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded had its recording survived. 4 CDs. 4 hrs.

Paul Temple And Steve

Paul Temple And Steve

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2010

From 1938 to 1968, crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular serials. Now the dapper duo return refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves, to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London. Enlisted by Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard to help track down the mysterious Dr Belasco, Paul and Steve find clues in cigarette lighters and bodies in shrubberies, dance the night away in louche Latin American night clubs, meet sinister manservants and suspicious foreigners, and have their lives threatened at every turn. Just as well Steve remembered to bring along her revolver as well as her ration book... This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the incidental music from the missing 1947 production. As far as possible, it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded had its recording survived.

Paul Temple And The Madison Mystery

Paul Temple And The Madison Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2008

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabit a sophisticated, well-dressed world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women are chic and the men wear cravats - and where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard always needs Paul's help with a tricky case. Returning from America by ocean liner, the Temples enjoy the company of their fellow passengers, only to find one of them dead the next morning - and when Paul and Steve get home to London, Sir Graham is waiting to plunge them into one of their most thrilling and dangerous adventures, the pursuit of a ruthless international gang of counterfeiters. As knives fly and bombs explode, the key to the puzzle seems to lie in a coin on the end of a watch-chain... This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from a lost archive 1949 production. As far as possible, it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded had its recording survived.

Paul Temple And The Sullivan Mystery

Paul Temple And The Sullivan Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2006

In a thrilling case that takes Paul and Steve to exotic Egypt, Paul Temple is called in to investigate a mysterious murder. The twisting trail takes them from London to the back streets and nightclubs of Cairo... From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-dressed world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - and where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard always needed Paul's help with a tricky case. Now Paul Temple is being brought into the 21st century in this eight-part recording of a lost archive Paul Temple mystery, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson. This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the incidental music from the missing 1947 production. As far as possible, it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded had its recording survived.

Paul Temple And The Alex Affair

Paul Temple And The Alex Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. This adventure begins with a body on a train, the word 'Alex' scrawled on the compartment window, and the discovery of a visiting card bearing the name 'Mrs Trevelyan'. More bodies follow, and the two names recur on each occasion. Paul's attempts to unravel the mystery take him to a psychiatrist's consulting room, a rendezvous in London's dockland, a hotel in Canterbury, and many other places before the denouement in a deserted mill and the Temples' elegant flat in London.

Paul Temple And The Gilbert Case

Paul Temple And The Gilbert Case

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Just as Paul and Steve are about to go on holiday, Wilfred Stirling visits with a plea. His daughter Brenda was recently murdered, her body dumped on a bomb site. Her boyfriend Howard Gilbert, seen walking away from the site, has been convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang - but Brenda's father feels sure he didn't do it. In spite of all the evidence against Gilbert, Mr Stirling asks Paul to clear his name and discover the real murderer. If he's to prevent an unjust hanging, Paul has just a week in which to discover the truth. Can he solve the case in time?

Paul Temple And The Margo Mystery

Paul Temple And The Margo Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Flying home from a lecture tour of America, Paul Temple encounters Mike Langdon who is seeking to persuade his employer's spoilt daughter Julie to give up her boyfriend, pop-singer Tony Wyman. Meeting Paul at the airport, Steve is drugged and kidnapped. She is released without harm - but mysteriously in possession of a coat, bearing the label 'Margo'. As Mike seeks Paul's help, the Temples enter into a dangerous web of lies and murder.

Paul Temple Intervenes

Paul Temple Intervenes

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/10/2005

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. The murder of well-known American Myron Harwood, found dead in a small country lane, heralds the start of a series of celebrity murders. Each time, the body is found with a small, square piece of white cardboard bearing the inscription 'The Marquis'. When the eighth victim, a girl, is picked out of the river with the same card attached to her dress, a note from Paul Temple is delivered to Sir Graham Forbes. The message reads: 'Is it true what they say about Rita?' Rita Cartwright was a private detective investigating the Marquis murders - and now she too has ended up dead. With the police baffled and the Home Secretary specially requesting his involvement, Paul Temple has no choice but to intervene... 2 CDs. 2 hrs 20 mins.

Paul Temple Intervenes

Paul Temple Intervenes

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. The murder of well-known American Myron Harwood, found dead in a small country lane, heralds the start of a series of celebrity murders. Each time, the body is found with a small, square piece of white cardboard bearing the inscription 'The Marquis'. When the eighth victim, a girl, is picked out of the river with the same card attached to her dress, a note from Paul Temple is delivered to Sir Graham Forbes. The message reads: 'Is it true what they say about Rita?' Rita Cartwright was a private detective investigating the Marquis murders - and now she too has ended up dead. With the police baffled and the Home Secretary specially requesting his involvement, Paul Temple has no choice but to intervene...

Paul Temple And The Spencer Affair

Paul Temple And The Spencer Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/03/2005

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. When young drama student Mary Dreisler is found murdered in her flat, her father instantly sends for Paul Temple. There appears to have been no struggle, no robbery - no motive. The only possible clue is a package that arrives for the dead girl. It contains a gramophone record called 'My Heart and Harry' and attached is a note: `Adored every minute of it - Spencer'. Who is Spencer? Does the song have anything to do with the murder? If anyone can find the answers, Paul can... 4 CDs. 3 hrs 37 mins.

Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mystery

Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. This time, the case involves the Fergusons, who Paul and Steve meet while on the way home from New York. They are flying to England to visit their son Richard, a student at Oxford University. But at the airport, there is shocking news: Richard has been murdered, found shot dead in his room. The only clues are a postcard from Harrogate signed 'Jonathan', and Richard's missing gold signet ring. But who is Jonathan, and what is his connection to the dead man? It is up to Paul to find the answer...

Paul Temple And The Spencer Affair

Paul Temple And The Spencer Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. When young drama student Mary Dreisler is found murdered in her flat, her father instantly sends for Paul Temple. There appears to have been no struggle, no robbery - no motive. The only possible clue is a package that arrives for the dead girl. It contains a gramophone record called 'My Heart and Harry' and attached is a note: 'Adored every minute of it - Spencer'. Who is Spencer? Does the song have anything to do with the murder? If anyone can find the answers, Paul can...

Paul Temple And The Vandyke Affair

Paul Temple And The Vandyke Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. In this adventure, Paul Temple is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Desmond baby, and the 'Sitter-In' Miss Millicent. When they visit Mary Desmond she is, understandably, very upset - it's already been a week since her eighteenth-month-old daughter vanished. The only clue is a telephone message left in Miss Millicent's handwriting: 'A Mr Vandyke telephoned, he left no message'. However, no-one knows who this mysterious Mr Vandyke is... This audio edition also includes the BBC Radio 4 programme The Radio Detectives: 'Send for Paul Temple', an affectionate look at the indomitable husband and wife team, Paul and Steve Temple. It features an exclusive interview with the definitive Paul Temple, Peter Coke, and rediscovered vintage recordings.

Paul Temple And The Lawrence Affair

Paul Temple And The Lawrence Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Whilst she and Paul are staying in the fishing village of Downburgh, Steve gets the uneasy feeling that she is being watched by a man at Fisherman's Point. A pleasant boat trip turns into a nightmare when their craft gets shot at - and the boatman himself is later discovered drowned at sea. Back in London, the daughter of the head of CI5 has disappeared, and Sir Graham brings the matter to Paul's attention. Could there be a connection between this and the events in Downburgh?

Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mystery

Paul Temple And The Jonathan Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/09/2004

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. This time, the case involves the Fergusons, who Paul and Steve meet while on the way home from New York. They are flying to England to visit their son Richard, a student at Oxford University. But at the airport, there is shocking news: Richard has been murdered, found shot dead in his room. The only clues are a postcard from Harrogate signed `Jonathan', and Richard's missing gold signet ring. But who is Jonathan, and what is his connection to the dead man? It is up to Paul to find the answer... 4 CDs. 3 hrs 35 mins.

Paul Temple And The Conrad Case

Paul Temple And The Conrad Case

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/08/2004

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-dressed world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. The case this time involves Dr Conrad's daughter Betty, who has disappeared from her finishing school in Bavaria. Paul is invited by the police to go over there to help trace the missing girl. Initially, though, even he is baffled, since the only clue to the mystery is an unusual cocktail stick found in her bedroom. Can Paul work it out? This edition also includes a bonus interview with Francis Durbridge. 4 CDs. 3 hrs 45 mins.

Paul Temple And The Margo Mystery

Paul Temple And The Margo Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2004

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Flying home from a lecture tour of America, Paul Temple encounters Mike Langdon who is seeking to persuade his employer's spoilt daughter Julie to give up her boyfriend, pop-singer Tony Wyman. Meeting Paul at the airport, Steve is drugged and kidnapped. She is released without harm - but mysteriously in possession of a coat, bearing the label 'Margo'. As Mike seeks Paul's help, the Temples enter into a dangerous web of lies and murder. 4 CDs. 3 hrs 35 mins.

Paul Temple And The Alex Affair

Paul Temple And The Alex Affair

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/10/2003

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. This adventure begins with a body on a train, the word 'Alex' scrawled on the compartment window, and the discovery of a visiting card bearing the name 'Mrs Trevelyan'. More bodies follow, and the two names recur on each occasion. Paul's attempts to unravel the mystery take him to a psychiatrist's consulting room, a rendezvous in London's dockland, a hotel in Canterbury, and many other places before the denouement in a deserted mill and the Temples' elegant flat in London. 4 CDs. 3 hrs 38 mins.

Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case Paul Temple And The Gilbert Case BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation

Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case Paul Temple And The Gilbert Case BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/05/2003

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Just as Paul and Steve are about to go on holiday, Wilfred Stirling visits with a plea. His daughter Brenda was recently murdered, her body dumped on a bomb site. Her boyfriend Howard Gilbert, seen walking away from the site, has been convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang - but Brenda's father feels sure he didn't do it. In spite of all the evidence against Gilbert, Mr Stirling asks Paul to clear his name and discover the real murderer. If he's to prevent an unjust hanging, Paul has just a week in which to discover the truth. Can he solve the case in time? 3 CDs. 3 hrs 30 mins.

Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair Paul Temple And The Lawrence Affair BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation

Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair Paul Temple And The Lawrence Affair BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/05/2003

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Whilst she and Paul are staying in the fishing village of Downburgh, Steve gets the uneasy feeling that she is being watched by a man at Fisherman's Point. A pleasant boat trip turns into a nightmare when their craft gets shot at - and the boatman himself is later discovered drowned at sea. Back in London, the daughter of the head of CI5 has disappeared, and Sir Graham brings the matter to Paul's attention. Could there be a connection between this and the events in Downburgh? 4 CDs. 3 hrs 35 mins.

Paul Temple And The Geneva Mystery

Paul Temple And The Geneva Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/05/2002

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case. Paul is contracted by one Maurice Lonsdale, whose brother-in-law was apparently killed in a car accident whilst abroad. His widowed sister Margaret is increasingly convinced that her husband is still alive - and she wants Paul Temple to investigate! Paul and Steve find that their own lives are soon in danger as they become embroiled in a deception stretching from London to Switzerland. 3 CDs. 2 hrs 41 mins.

Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1994

Ross is a successful, happily married cardiac consultant - until his wife Fay announces she has fallen in love with the notorious womanizer Julian Kane. Later, Ross's assistant discovers two phials missing of Zarabell Four, a drug potentially lethal to cardiac patients. When Julian dies from a heart attack, all fingers point to Ross. But as the play progresses many enemies of the deceased are revealed and audiences will guess right up to the final moments of this well-wrought thriller.

The Small Hours

The Small Hours

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1992

What do a Koala bear, a devious chef, and an emerald necklace have in common? Carl Houston, Sussex hotelier, nearly loses his life finding out in this thriller of international intrigue which bears all the Durbridge hallmarks of suspense, mystery and murder.

House Guest

House Guest

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1982

Robert and Stella learn that their son has been kidnapped - not for ransom, but to force them to allow one of the kidnappers to remain in their house. Two other men, supposedly police officers, arrive and reveal that one of the kidnappers has been murdered. Soon, however, it is clear that these two are far from what they seem.

Murder with Love

Murder with Love

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1977

Many people dislike Larry Campbell but none feel more embittered than David Ryder. Ryder pursues his vendetta by nefariously obtaining a key to Campbell's flat to kill him. Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incrimination are woven into the web of crime which is completed by a second killing and a tantalizing twist at the climax.

The Gentle Hook

The Gentle Hook

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/1975

Stacey Harrison is a charming, intelligent, successful career woman who unfortunately gets involved in divorce, but several murders as well.

Case for Paul Temple, A

Case for Paul Temple, A

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A brand new eight-part remake of the lost archive drama 'A Case for Paul Temple', starring Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson. From 1938 to 1968 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular series. Now the glamorous duo return to the airwaves to break a mysterious drug-running gang. Post-war London is buzzing with speculation about the deaths of ten young drug addicts within the space of just one week. The police are desperate to cut off supplies of heroin and cocaine to the capital, but they are struggling. So Sir Graham Forbes turns to Paul Temple. By fast car and police launch, on deserted houseboats and midnight beaches, in dodgy East End pubs and smart West End restaurants, braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul and Steve pursue the ruthless and feared drug dealer known only as 'Valentine'. This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production. As far as possible it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded if its recording had survived.

Case for Paul Temple, A (Part 1)

Case for Paul Temple, A (Part 1)

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Part 1 of the 8-part remake of lost archive drama A Case for Paul Temple, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson. Post-war London is buzzing with speculation about the deaths of ten young drug addicts within the space of just one week. The police are desperate to cut off supplies of heroin and cocaine to the capital, but they are struggling. So Sir Graham Forbes turns to Paul Temple. By fast car and police launch, on deserted houseboats and midnight beaches, in dodgy East End pubs and smart West End restaurants, braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul and Steve pursue the ruthless and feared drug dealer known only as 'Valentine'. This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production. As far as possible it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded if its recording had survived.

Case for Paul Temple, A (Part 2)

Case for Paul Temple, A (Part 2)

Author: Francis Durbridge Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Part 2 of the 8-part remake of lost archive drama A Case for Paul Temple, starring Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson. Post-war London is buzzing with speculation about the deaths of ten young drug addicts within the space of just one week. The police are desperate to cut off supplies of heroin and cocaine to the capital, but they are struggling. So Sir Graham Forbes turns to Paul Temple. By fast car and police launch, on deserted houseboats and midnight beaches, in dodgy East End pubs and smart West End restaurants, braving booby traps, bullets and blazing houses, Paul and Steve pursue the ruthless and feared drug dealer known only as 'Valentine'. This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the original incidental music from the missing 1946 production. As far as possible it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded if its recording had survived.

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