Charles Dickens released A Christmas Carol and the era of spirit mediums and spirit photography does provide a perfect setting to be used for such tales, making the era a prime setting when a tale needs to have a certain air of mystery and shadow.
The third installment in the Jago and Litefoot audio series, The Spirit Trap delves into the unknown region of the afterlife and communicating with the dead as people seem to disappear after a session with Mrs. Vanguard, a spirit medium.
Soon Jago and Litefoot are once again on the case and they appear now to have great confidence doing so, as if as the series goes on they are investigating these strange occurrences more by choice than circumstance.
Once again the main cast is superb in execution and it's also nice to see things such as Jago's theater background being used again, this time to expose fraudulent psychics and Litefoot's logical deduction reasoning out the truth of a violent mysterious fire, testament's also that the writers of all of the scripts so far knew the tendencies of the main characters well and this play is no exception.
Although it is a decent story and it moves along quite well, we have seen this kind of invasion of the dead and duplicates before, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers type films and all it's forms, down to an episode of Doctor Who itself in The Unquiet Dead.
Sometimes this play does not make the best use of its elements and it shows, but it is still an excellent concept with a few truly great scenes like Jago being stuck in a 'limbo' and the final confrontation.
I suspect that if you enjoyed the last two installments of this series you will enjoy this one as well, as a part of the series it is great although it does have problems standing up on it's own slightly in my opinion.
However it's shortcomings are far outweighed by the stellar performances given and the exciting continuation of a wider story to be concluded in the next and final play of the story arc.
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