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The Unfinished Clue Audiobook

The Unfinished Clue

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathi 01-05-16
    Kathi 01-05-16 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Stayed up late to finish it!"

    If you like the "oldies" (Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia Wentworth, etc) then this book will be a joy. It has all the standard form of a stately home gathering, where the murder is discreetly committed (reader not subjected to too much blood and gore), the group of relatives and friends forced to remain together until the denouement where the killer is finally revealed by the Scotland Yard detective, etc. True classic British country home mystery, that does not disappoint.

    At first I thought there were too many characters to sort out, but Heyerdahl handles them so well, they are each quite memorable by the end of the book. This is about the death of Arthur Billington-Smith, a perfectly horrible and cruel man that everybody was secretly or openly happy to see dead. Which made deciding whom, among them all, hated him just enough more to find him threatening at a different level. Enter Scotland Yard, and even a bit of romance.

    The narration is good, the story was a great cerebral puzzle, a Who-dunnit in the truest sense, and I enjoyed listening to every minute of it.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    S. Richardson Massachusetts 04-10-15
    S. Richardson Massachusetts 04-10-15 Member Since 2013

    Vegetarian, Dreamer

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 12-18-15
    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 12-18-15 Member Since 2016

    Writer & daddy.

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    "A perfect novel for Agatha Christie fans."
    Any additional comments?

    A great book for the Agatha Christie fans who want to read something else. Old English manners. A lovely book though it does have some slow bits. I enjoyed my first dive into Georgette Heyer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CONNIE 04-11-15
    CONNIE 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoying"

    Enjoying books by Georgette Heyer. Ulli Birve performance brings her characters to life . Great job

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Newme United States 06-04-16
    Newme United States 06-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, great narration"

    Mystery was easy to suss out but pleasant all the same. Amusing dialogue and great personalities. And I disagree with other reviewers -- I loved Ulli Birve! She has a wonderful sense of characterization.

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    same 01-18-16
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    "wonderful!"

    love ms heyer since the 1960's when I read my first. great audio recording talent






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    kirsten e forwood 02-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "a few twists , characters orig. story predictible"

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

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  • Janey
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    9/19/16
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    "Good story ruined"

    Another very good story by this author, ruined by the narrator. Does no one check the reading and pronunciation of these books before they are put on sale. Audible apparently do not care that their customers are driven mad by poor performances or they would do something about it.
    This would be a brilliant audio book read by someone else.

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  • Mrs S
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    "good story well done"
    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


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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