When Inspector Harding of Scotland Yard is called in to solve the case, he's soon convinced that nearly everyone could be guilty. But who is, in fact? Heyer ingeniously presents the clues and motivations, and keeps you guessing until the enjoyable end.
©1937 Georgette Heyer; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books
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I started reading Georgette Heyer when I was in high school. That was a long time ago. I have read most of her historical fiction and Regency novels, some of them multiple, multiple times but until recently I have never read a single one of her mystery stories. And then I read the only two on Audible one right after the other.
I think my first reaction was that she was trying to imitate Agatha Christie,but then again, what choices did she have for writing mystery stories in the 1930s? At least she stuck to what she knew--the British gentry and eccentric characters.
Bottom-line: Not her best work but certainly not her worst. If you want a 'light' mystery free of blood and guts, this will do.
I thought Georgette Heyer only wrote sappy romance novels that I wouldn't be caught dead reading. This light-hearted mystery is wry and charming and totally engaging. The narrator is excellent.
The Unfinished Clue is another well-written book by Georgette Heyer and to listen again (and again) is an easy and comfortable thing to do...
Clifford Norgate is an excellent reader and differentiates the charactors very well. He is also an excellent reader of other Georgette Heyer mysteries: Envious Casca, They Found Him Dead, Duplicate Death.....all of which are not currently availalbe on Audible (but would be much appreciated).
I don't much care for movies made from books.
I hope Audible will include some of the other Georgette Heyer mysteries. All of her books have interesting charactors, excellent dialogue and fun plots.
Good performance coupled with a light-hearted, humorous detective story. It reminded me of the film Gosford Park directed by Robert Altman. I like Heyer's romances but was worried her talent would not translate to her mysteries. I was wrong. This was a delightfully entertaining listen.
Tell us about yourself! Attorney/Rancher - eclectic taste in books in both fiction and non-fiction. Preference for British authors in mysteries, love well written dialogue and hate historical fiction.
Dialogue and Characters.
I read for characters, dialogue and plot. If you don't like Dickens, you won't like Heyer.
It is so rare to read good dialogue, that to read or hear Heyer, in whatever genre, is a pleasure to both the mind and the senses. On the other hand, if you need plot driven stories, with guns, vehicle crashes or good looking vampires, she is not the author for you.
If you are a fan of cozy British murder mysteries, then this is a book for you. Interesting characters, an intricate plot and I wasn't able to guess the murderer.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
No foul mouth, no graphic adult content, and just plain good writing. I enjoy mysteries but sometimes I wonder if the book should really be in the smut section. This book was fabulously written, a suspenseful mystery and an unexpected ending. I enjoyed it and have listened twice.
I have not listened to this narrator before but I will in the future. His reading was fantastic and perfect for each character. I loved it!
Forgo the movies and read a book.
Listen to the sample. I think the narration and story will capture anyone willing to give it a listen. I have listened twice, that speaks volumes!
This a good, solid mystery in the Victorian England, houseful of suspects who-dunnit genre.
The narrator is good at voicing the different characters and so, although the story often plods along, he keeps things interesting. It is not a modern thriller with anything too outlandish; there are no guns, car chases, international spies...this is just a solid murder mystery with strongly written characters. I must admit that I found myself nodding off at times during this listen - but it was very good.
Good ending - unexpected.
I often re-read GH, so re-listening is even more fun.
Inspector Harding, hands down.
I like the happy ending, so the scene where he and Dinah get together is my fav.
Veterinary Technician, book addict.
I love Georgette Heyer's mysteries. And in this one the reader is excellent. Randall is jsut the right note of intriguing rudeness, and Zoe Matthews is almost unbearable (as she would be if one could meet her).
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