The Assize of the Dying

The Assize of the Dying

by Edith Pargeter

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In offering two of the author's (Holiday with Violence, Audio Reviews, LJ 3/15/95) early mysteries-the title selection and a second, Aunt Helen-this audiobook introduces the tales with fittingly eerie music. The title story is by far more original and interesting: a condemned man invites the four men responsible for his conviction to stand trial with him before the judgment seat of God. Unfortunately, since the author fails to maintain the dramatic intensity realized early in the story, the plot drags painfully, limping along with repetitive dialog. The second novella, Aunt Helen, has so obvious a solution to the murder that the listener can only wait impatiently for the author to belatedly reach the same conclusion. British actress Di Langford hands in a first-rate reading (her "sobbing" lines are especially convincing), but even her polished performance cannot enliven these stilted tales. Not recommended, except for collections that cater to diehard fans of Peters.-Sister M. Anna Falbo, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo, N.Y.

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