The 60th birthday party of Silas Kane was marred by argument and dissension among his family. And then, the morning after the celebrations, Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure.
But then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune, throwing a new and sinister light on Kane's death. All clues point to an elderly lady of eighty as the killer. But as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde delves further into the case he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems.
©1937 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"The author introduces us to enough lively and interesting people to make the book attractive even without its ingenious detective plot." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Yes. For any fan of the classic Golden Age mystery, this is great. I am actually rereading them. Witty, clever plot and likable and despicable characters.
I suppose all of hers are similar in that they follow traditional mystery lines and I like this.
A wonderful reader. Just perfect. Brings the story to life.
It made me laugh as I enjoy truly witty dialogue and plot twists. This book has both.
A most delightful read. If only the good Ms. Heyer had written more mysteries and less romances. Those are okay, but the mystery books are far superior.
This is an old fashioned who-dunnit, with the twists and turns of plot and colorful characters. Ulli Birve's ability to make each character, including 15 yr. old "Terrible TImothy," sound like you imagine them to be, makes this a wonderful audible.
What I liked is Georgette Heyer's characters, mystery, witty prose which is always amusing.
I have purchased all her detective type novels to listen to. She deserves every star. In my mind she is still a leader as an author.
I've read a bunch of her historical romances, now I'm finding these delightful little mysteries may be even better. Ms. Heyer seems to throw in some comedy and romance just to keep it light. I love the silly, selfish characters the best, such fun to laugh at. Worth a credit.
I am besotted with Georgette Heyer the Regency romance novelist. Thought I would try Georgette Heyer the mystery writer. What a snooze. The culprit is easily identifiable early on, the characters -- including the protagonist(s) -- barely developed, and the whole thing lacks the sparkle that I associate with Heyer's other work. Not my cup of tea.
I enjoyed the narrator and the different voices she gave the characters. However the quality of the recording was often distracting. She sounded digitized and unnatural.
i'm glad I picked this up (a buy 1 get 1 sale) and would listen to both another book by this author and this narrator... just hope the recording quality is a little better!
The multiple murders kept me guessing, yet somehow the ending seemed anticlimactic. More than anything I enjoyed the fine narration. Birve does an excellent job with both male and female voices. Her characterization of Rosemary was laugh out loud funny.
"Clever story, poor performance!"
I would certainly try another Georgette Heyer book but would not buy another read by this narrator.
My favourite character was Rosemary Kane, as she was so unremittingly awful!
I have never heard a worse audio narration. The accents she adopted and her pronunciation were extremely peculiar and she often put the emphasis on the wrong word. This really spoilt the book for me.
I thought the story was cleverly constructed and amusingly written.
"Great story spoilt by narration"
I was really looking forward to having the Georgette Heyer detective novels in audio, having read them in the past. This one is a good story.
Very poor - over-enunciated with pauses in strange places and some odd pronunciation. I won't be buying any more of this series.
I found the narrator OK but what I had to do was move the speed up to 1.25 on my I pad. It seemed funny at first but soon got used to.
I couldn't understand why the author had to keep calling Mr. this and then call them by their Christian name. This was done all through the book and I had to keep my whits about me to realise who she was referring to.
I thought she did a good job. I don't read books so to listen to someone doing all the voices is great to me. See above about the speed issue/
No way. It was too long. Not the book, I mean to listen to in one sitting.
I find Georgette Heyer's books very relaxing.
So far, in my opinion, this is the best Inspector Hannisyde novel thus far! (Superintendent really!) And they are all rather good!
Nothing is as it seems, yet everyone - except for one 😳 - is completely genuine…(in their own way). Well worth listening to… I'm off to read the last in the series, then onto Inspector Hemmingway.
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