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The Hanging Tree, Audio Edition

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Hanging Tree, Audio Edition (2017) Ben Aaronovitch narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Rivers of London)

The Hanging TreeLady Ty has decided to call in her favor.

“Peter,” said Lady Ty, “Nightingale is not to know about this— is that clear?”

“Crystal,” I said.

As soon as she hung up, I called the Folly.

Not that he’ll let something like Lady Ty keep him down.

Stephanopoulos wanted me to encourage him but not too much. “I know it’s hard, Peter,” she’d said. “But if you could contain your erudition and ready wit for just a little while we’d be most grateful.”

“Am I allowed to be cheeky?” I’d asked.

“No you’re fucking not,” said Seawoll.

Though he does occasionally know when to be properly afraid.

You always have to be careful around legal aid solicitors because not only do they spend more time in police interview rooms than you do, they’re also usually in a really bad mood because their clients are idiots and because the government is always cutting the legal aid budget.

Although the story didn’t quite feel up to the others, the snark was entirely on point.

“Was there anything about Ada Lovelace?” I asked.

Nightingale gave me a funny look. “Byron’s daughter?” he asked. “I’m not sure I understand the connection.”

“She worked with Babbage on the difference engine,” I said.

“In what capacity?”

“She was a famously gifted mathematician,” I said. Who I mostly knew about from reading Steampunk, but I wasn’t going to mention that. “Generally considered to have written the first true computer program.”

Publisher: Daw

Rating: 8/10

 

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