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Books by Francis Durbridge

  • Another Woman's Shoes

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: BQAOT
    Paperback
    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.
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  • Back Room Girl

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: BMGDW
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    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 Barnesplus two rare short stories written for Christmas annuals:LIGHT-FINGERS and A PRESENT FROM PAUL TEMPLE.
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  • Design for Murder

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: BKQEA
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    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. Also includes Francis Durbridge's forgotten short story 'Paul Temple's White Christmas' from the Christmas 1946 Radio Times.
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  • Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: BGMTU
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    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.
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  • Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: BDAOU
    Audio
    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.
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  • Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: ATZSZ
    Audio
    3 CDs. 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 still wear cravats. And where Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard always needs Paul's help with a tricky case.
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  • A Case for Paul Temple

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: ATXTT
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    On 4 CD's. In 2006 BBC Radio 4 brought one of the lost serials back to life with Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson as Paul and Steve. Using the original scripts and incidental music, and recorded using vintage microphones and sound effects, the production of Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery aimed to sound as much as possible like the 1947 original might have done if its recording had survived. The serial proved so popular with the audience that it was soon followed with equal success by two more revivals, Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery and Paul Temple and Steve.
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  • Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: ATXTQ
    Audio
    One of the adventures of the sophisticated sleuth, Paul Temple.
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  • Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: ATWWY
    Audio
    Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury star in another suspenseful case for BBC radio s smoothest sleuth and his glamorous wife 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...
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  • Paul Temple and the Madison Case

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AQMDT
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    Paul and Steve plan to relax and take in some fresh sea air on board a luxurious trans-Atlantic liner ...that is until they meet the elusive Sam Portland. After the innocent introduction, grave danger lies ahead for the couple. As events unfold, a concoction of murder, blackmail and terror ensues. Life on board the ship requires cruise control as Temple attempts to get to the bottom of the secret behind Sam's lost years ...And just who is Madison?
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  • Paul Temple and the Curzon Case

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AQGHA
    Paperback
    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.
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  • Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AQGGY
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    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.
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  • Paul Temple and the Harkdale Robbery

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: APKBH
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    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...
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  • Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: APKBG
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    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...
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  • Paul Temple: East of Algiers

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AOVVW
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    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.
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  • Paul Temple Intervenes

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AONQZ
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    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...
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  • News of Paul Temple

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AOHZT
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    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 ...
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  • Paul Temple and the Front Page Men

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AOHZS
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    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.
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  • Send for Paul Temple

    Francis Durbridge

    Product Code: AOHZR
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    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.
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