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Publisher's Summary

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?

©1932 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended." ( The New York Times)
"Bright and effervescent." ( The Times Literary Supplement)
"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining. Praise for the author." ( Sunday Times)

What members say

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A Fun Story!

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining mystery from the great Georgette

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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narration is almost laughable

Cute story. Too bad a better narrator cannot be found. One just has to remember that what sounds like a girl is supposed to be a man.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't put it down.

The story was engaging and the characters well done. I enjoyed every minute of the story. I read the story in one sitting and didn't realize what time it was until I was finished and the clock said 4:30.

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Fun story but strange narrator

I love Georgette Heyer's mystery stories, and this one wasn't a disappointment. But the narrator sounds like she is going to fall asleep at any moment: slow, if not hesitant, with some quite unnatural pauses. Not bad enough to ruin a story, but feels strange. Despite that, the book is worth reading/listening if you like a good British mystery.

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ms heyer is no mystery writer

I understand now why G. Heyer is better known for her romances. the story waas draggy and not very mysterious. so many silly and unbelievable mistakes. perhaps i am judging it frm 2018 eyes but i cant help but think agatha christie novels were far superior in plot to these.

narrator was ok. clear though at times a bit bland and monotone.

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Can’t get into it

I’m not familiar with this author. If this book is typical of her writing I won’t be listening to or reading more. Plot is formulaic, characters absolutely colorless and stereotypic. I admit that I’ve only listened to a couple of hours, but I just can’t go on. To make matters worse, the performance is stultifying. Emphasis is misplaced, characters are not well-differentiated (often can’t even tell if it’s male or female, much less one male from another) and to top it all off, she speaks....so......slow...ly!!! I guess there may be reasons why this prolific author is popular, but none of them are in evidence on this recording. Very disappointing.

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  • stl1111
  • La Grande, OR, United States
  • 04-01-18

Disappointing

Not the normal Georgette Heyer. She needs to stick with the Victorian books. Those are a sure thing. Not much of a mystery, marginal characters, and less than capable reader.

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Pleasant British mystery

The narrator certainly did this quintessentially British mystery justice, despite the faint Aussie accent I detected. I really enjoyed how she gave each character their own vocal quirks, even the men. A fun way to while away the hours on the road.

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Put speed on 1.10 for a better listen!

Very interesting story! Narrator is too slow but can be made tolerable by setting the speed at 1.10.

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  • Jill
  • 08-03-14

Another great book ruined by terrible reading!

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

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  • soosiewoosie
  • 11-19-14

great mystery stories by Georgette Heyer

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tab
  • 07-30-14

Great book, grating narrator

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

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  • Melissa
  • 09-21-14

Highly enjoyable story spoiled by narration

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?

Yes

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

Narration

This is the first Georgette Heyer detective I have read or listened to. I thought the story a little slow but as it progressed I had picked up on the humour and the characters and was keen for the final unveiling. I really struggled with the narrator though. I was delighted to find that Georgette Heyer had written so many detective books after exhausting her historic novels on Audible but am reluctant to purchase another because of the narrator as it is the same for the remaining audio books.

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  • Emilia
  • 11-29-14

Enjoyable mystery, shame about the narrator

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

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  • Mrs S
  • 08-05-14

Another golden oldie long awaited

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?

No

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  • Ceripol
  • 05-12-18

Great plot, but off-putting narration

The plot is intriguing and keeps you guessing, with plenty of great characterisation, however the narrator doesn’t do either much justice. She also seems to be unfamiliar with the English language, as she seemed to be simply guessing at prononciation several times, quite jarring. On top of this she tries to put on an English upper class accent for the main characters which was so unsuccessful that it was truly grating. Finally the calm, monotonous reading is quite soporific so you find yourself falling asleep and missing the plot...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 10-27-16

One of my favourites

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

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  • George
  • 01-27-18

Silly trash

How this author ever became popular is beyond imagination , all these characters are stupid to the nth degree . I understand that this book is dated but surly people back then weren't that easily fobbed off with this rubbish .

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 07-26-15

The reader of this story did a much better job

I love these Stories but was unhappy with the reader but she did a good job of this one ….Story is interesting