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The Unfinished Clue | [Georgette Heyer]

The Unfinished Clue

It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone – from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before.
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Publisher's Summary

It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone – from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before - but this time, the talented young inspector discovers much more than he's bargained for.

©1933 Copyright © Georgette Rougier, 1933 (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Heyer is an author to read – this means you!" (The New York Herald Tribune)

"The wittiest of detective writers." (The Daily Mail)

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    CONNIE 04-11-15
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    Enjoying books by Georgette Heyer. Ulli Birve performance brings her characters to life . Great job

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    S. Richardson Massachusetts 04-10-15
    S. Richardson Massachusetts 04-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A good listen to a comfortable story"

    This is an old-fashioned whodunit. The characters are as known to the listener as one's own parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable listen. Expertly narrated with quite well defined voices for each character. Perfect to recommend to your aging parents or grandparents. No sex, bad words, or other distasteful things.

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    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 12-09-14
    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 12-09-14
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    "Awful, stilted narration"

    The Unfinished Clue is a contemporary (1930's) mystery from the Grand Dame of Regencies, Georgette Heyer. Her Regencies are witty, humourous, well-researched, and absolutely delightful. Her mysteries, OTOH, are still well written, but just not quite as enjoyable. In this mystery, we have few characters we like, and it takes far too long to get to the actual murder. But all that would be not an issue if we could enjoy the process of getting there. But the narration is simply awful. The characters are read reasonably well, but the pacing is beyond slow and measured to positively stilted. I won't be buying any more books with this narrator. Ever.

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    colorfull characters and good narration just became trite or too predictable at times would loose interest

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    What did you like most about The Unfinished Clue?

    the house party whodunit setting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dinah - so feisty a very "Modern Girl" in an old fashioned setting


    What about Ulli Birvé’s performance did you like?

    Unlike Death in the Stocks which I disliked Ulli really gets to grips with this one and it flowed along nicely - most enjoyable


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no particular "moment" I just enjoyed the way the story came together


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