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McNally's Secret (Archy McNally Novels) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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When detective Archy McNally is called to retrieve a set of rare stamps known as "Inverted Jennies" from one of Palm Beach's wealthiest and most curvaceous matrons, he unexpectedly becomes entangled in something far more dangerous. A local collector is slain, and all roads lead Archy back to the original crime scene. But before he can put the pieces together, he faces another murder and all-to-real romance.
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Archie's friends are the usual good natured, good-for-nothing-but-drinking-and-flirting/ swinging wastrels, just as ready to fall in love as Bertie's. But here, the intrigue derives from the mysteries and not the characters' blunders and love aches. In the McNally books, the mystery provides the backbone to keep you reading on about the character: it is Archie & Co we are following rather than the mystery intself. Of course, some the mysteries are craftily constructed and we want to get to the bottom of the case; but at the end of the day, it is Archie and his friends and the surrounding society that inspire us to keep on coming back for more.
It is worth mentioning that the sentence structure is exquisite for a change; accordingly, the authors' use of extensive vocabulary as well as many literary references are a delight (as well as a lesson!). The Archie dialogues are generally very good and very funny; at times, a masterpiece!
A final note lest I be misunderstood: in comparing & contrasting the Wodehouse stories with the McNally series, I do not wish to imply that the latter lacks originality or is a rehash; not in the least. As far as I am concerned the series successfully transposes the Wodehouse setting and characters at another age, society, and culture, and adds zest to the stories with the whodunnit.
The result is delightful read in its own right that keeps us turning the pages and yearning for more.
Thoroughly recommended for a happy, lightweight escape from reality and a laugh or two.
The police must get involved in the murder. It is complicated by Archie seeing a woman whose ex just got out of prison fraud from stealing money after he was gambling. He has promised her he has stopped gambling, but Archie knows better. He doesn't tell her as he would appear to be acting in his own interest. He hopes he was. Involved in the theft. The story has a bit of a different ending. I really enjoy this series and think you will as well. Good reading.
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