018 Mystery – Old
VI Warshawski is just the epitome of cool. Everything she did in Killing Orders was cool. I was really pleased to see that a second Sara Paretsky novel had been adapted as I enjoyed Deadlock. This story was complex and extremely un-put-down-able (is that the right term with radio drama?) until the fifth and sixth episodes, which deflated the mystery slightly. The performances here are great, using all the best American accents in British acting. Maurice Denham was unrecognizable as Uncle Stefan, the forger who VI engages to help her tease out her felon. The story starts when VI’s Aunt Rosa (she’s half-Italian, didn’t you know?) calls her to ask for help; the Priory where she is the Treasurer has forged stock certificates in its vault and she has been called to order. The deeper VI delves, however, the more trouble she gets in—attackers throw acid on her, try to burn down her apartment, attack Uncle Stefan, and kill her friend Agnes who is investigating Ajax, an insurance firm who employs her boyfriend (this time Roger Ferrante, played by Martin Shaw). Her friend was actually her one-time lover in the permissive ‘60s, a fact Agnes’ mother, Mrs Pachorek, can never forgive her for. As ever, Warshawski is brave, funny, and classy, and Kathleen Turner just excels at playing her. Originally from 1991, this adaptation by Michelene Wandor was chockablock with acting talent from the likes of Eileen Way, Miriam Carlin, John Bennet, Avril Clark, Helen Horton, Don Fellows, Kerry Shale, Colin Stinton, Colin Macfarlane, and Norman Jones. It was directed by Janet Whittaker.