©1936, 1963 Georgette Rougier; (P)1992, 2001 Chivers Audio Books
"This classic 1930s drawing-room mystery combines the world of the affluent with stealthy murder. Heyer spins a plot of murder amid many relatives with motives. Detective Hannasyde must find the poison and the culprit amid family and friends. Hugh Dickson's British accents are crisp and concise, clearly distinguishing between lower and upper classes, family and servants." (AudioFile)
While Georgette Heyer is best known for her Regency Romances, she did write a series of cosy mysteries. This is one of my favorites! It's a little dated, having been written in the early 20th Century during the Golden Age of Mystery, but it's still a great story full of wonderful characters. You can almost see eccentric Aunt Harriet! And one does wonder why it took so long for someone to murder Uncle!
This is a cosy mystery set in an upper class British family 'tween the Wars. The audio is very clear and easy to understand for the most part. The reader does a good job with different voices for the different characters.
Like other mysteries of this era, the object of the story is to guess "who done it" before the detective does. The clues are all there, but I bet you don't guess...
I just love Georgette Heyer and am frustrated that more of her books aren't available to download on Audible. But this one was an excellent choice for inclusion in the selection! If only they'd add Death in the Stocks.
This is a very witty mystery story with the same type of well-written dialogue and nuanced, lightly satirical, almost Austenian character development that characterizes Heyer's best work.
This narrator generally does a lovely job. A few of the female characters are a bit overdone and single-note, but it's well worth getting past that issue. (I might have subtracted a star for this complaint if there were other options for listening to this book, but to the best of my knowledge no other audio edition is available in any format, and my minor disagreement with some of the narrator's stylistic choices does not by any means prevent me from wholeheartedly recommending this book.)
thank you for responding to my request for G Heyer's audio books! I have rented some from the library, but now I will be able to have some of my own. this is one of the better ones. The characters are fun, the story and the atmosphere are quintesical 'cozy'.
The reading is delightful. The story is clever and amusing. Two characters could have come straight from an Oscar Wilde play (Aunt Augusta from The Importance of Being Earnest, and a combination of the "Wilde-ish" youths in A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband). They are put to different uses, however. And there is a wealth of other characters. An entertaining English cozy of the old school, with a surprise ending (more or less).
My first Georgette Heyer mystery, but not my last! A practically perfect mystery of manners worthy of Jane Austen herself, if she went in for that kind of thing.
I am an old Georgette Heyer Regency enthusiast. This is the first mystery of hers that I have read. I absolutely loved every minute of it, even though I knew what some of the twists were way before they were revealed. I listened to it on my commute. I actually looked forward to my 5 a.m. commutes.
Don't expect to meet many people you like in this family murder. Do however expect Georgette Heyer's great dialogue and characterizations. Sit back and enjoy the overbearing Mrs. Lupton, the henpecked Mr. Lupton, the snake-like Randall and all of the other wonderful posturing suspects in this 1930's mystery.
The only improvement I would have liked is for the reader to use more 1930's voices.
This is simply a lovely bit of light reading. I've read a small amount of Georgette Heyer's novels before but never a mystery, and this was very pleasant. I also enjoy Agatha Christie, and this was somewhat similar. I think the narrator, also, contrubites to the enjoyment of this read. It's so easy to distinguish between the characters, and there are several main characters to differentiate.
Utterly unlikeable characters.
No. Yak! Yak! Yak! for unrelenting hours.
It's the first novel that had me wanting a good stiff drink. To be fair I surrendered after midway and couldn't care less how it all came out. I never quit a listen before but this was torture.
The narator has excellent range and showed great stamina to complete his appointed rounds. Will definetly look for more of his work.
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