It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint....
On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel....
The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible....
Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday....
Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope, literally,falls into his life....
Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth....
When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming....
Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported....
When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale?....
The honourable Christopher Fancot....
In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house on the outskirts of London from a recently deceased great-uncle....
In March of 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her friend and collaborator, Lady Lucy Gerald, head off for several days to a stately home reputed to have the best grotto in the country....
Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards....
Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet....
When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian....
The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic....
He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile....
The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, he has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet...
Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle, and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday.
But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumours are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator, or will they uncover a far more corporeal culprit?
Any additional comments?
Unlike some other reviewers, I think the narrator did a very fine job. I enjoyed her reading, characterizations, and she has a lovely voice. Having read the book already, I knew the plot, but nevertheless I was kept engaged by the wonderful dialogue.Thank goodness Heyer's mysteries are being made available in unabridged audiobooks!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story was incredibly fun with ancient houses, secret passages, and interesting characters. Ulli Birve did a fine job with the narration. After I listened to Why Shoot a Butler, I was reluctant to listen to Ulli Birve narrarate another Georgette Heyer novel. But the last two novels I have listened to with Birve as narrator have been very good.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I love using audible to accompany my read while I drive, work out, cook. The reader has a good voice for the book.
What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?
Terrible English accent - all over the place! This reader's style is hopelessly distracting, making it almost impossible to concentrate on the story.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Enjoyably tongue in cheek mystery from Georgette Heyer (dare I hope her other mysteries may eventually be released?), mildly spoiled by poor narration - a faint Australian twang, and a scattering of mispronunciations (so far we've had host-ellery instead of hostelry, and deh-sultry instead of desultory.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Footsteps in the Dark? What did you like least?
I most enjoyed the overtones of sardonic humour running through the story - I least enjoyed the rambling of the artist Duval, and the rather pedantic pace of the narration
What other book might you compare Footsteps in the Dark to, and why?
Death in the stocks, also by georgette heyer, because of the balance of humour with some dramatic tension in places
Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?
I would rather not
If this book were a film would you go see it?
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this story but found the narrator very strange. Thinking that maybe I was being overly fussy I had a look at other reviews of this audiobook and it turns out I'm not the only one. The narrator's attempts to disguise her Australian accent with an RP one made some passages quite stilted and her native vowels shine through anyway. Her pronunciation of some English words is very strange and her pronunciation of French words is wrong and inconsistent.
What a shame since this is a great Georgette Heyer mystery and it seems the same narrator has been chosen for the others too.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Footsteps in the Dark in three words, what would they be?
intriguing, mysterious, fun.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration is good but sometimes slightly off key as you can occasionally hear an Aussie accent in there and it can sound a bit strained and ponderous. Mostly good though.
Where does Footsteps in the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not easy to answer this one. I tend to rate books as to whether they go on the play again shelf. This one definitely rates that distinction.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I think, Charles. He seemed to have a handle on the situation and then lost the plot.
Have you listened to any of Ulli Birvé’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No - I took time to listen as I had waited for this title for a long time. The voice did not gel at first but it was not unpleasant. As mentioned, it rates a second playing at a later date.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It did raise a chuckle in parts as it was so predictable.
Any additional comments?
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
To those of you (and you're mostly UK) who found the narrator irritating, I can only say that I'd like to see you do a better job.
I loved this story and found that the narration was part of that magic. It was one I'd missed during my Heyer book days and I was delighted to find it.
Georgette Heyer was fond of adding romance to her mysteries and this is no exception.
Yes, there are a few mispronounciations but few of us are perfect and dialects vary (example: the American pronounciation of the letter Z and the English one). It happens.
I expect I'm one of the few who gave this book 5 stars across the board but then my tastes probably vary from most.
And yes, my descent IS English.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful