First published between 1914 and 1927, these tales were popular rivals to Sherlock Holmes’ adventures. The stories are now brilliantly read by Stephen Fry, his voice seasoned, perhaps, by his role as the inimitable Jeeves. Carrados, a blind man, possesses prodigious deductive powers and preternatural acuity in his remaining senses. The formidable sleuth is assisted by a number of other characters, the personality of each admirably conveyed by Fry. Chief among them are Carrados’ manservant, Parkinson, “an unquenchable stickler for decorum,” and Louis Carlyle, a private investigator specializing in “defalcation and divorce.”

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