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They Found Him Dead

Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
Series: Inspector Hannasyde, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (367 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Heyer's classic mysteries are ripe & delicious

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What other book might you compare They Found Him Dead to and why?

I suppose all of hers are similar in that they follow traditional mystery lines and I like this.

What does Ulli Birvé bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A wonderful reader. Just perfect. Brings the story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh as I enjoy truly witty dialogue and plot twists. This book has both.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Good Old Fashioned Murder Mystery

If you love the true old fashioned mysteries then this is a must for readers of Agatha Christie and the like.

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Superlative narration and fun mystery

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.

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Georgette the genius

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.

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Cleverly done period piece

As slick and engaging as just about everything Georgette Heyer ever did.Nicely paced. Well performed.

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Interesting mystery but rather dry

I just couldn't get very excited about this book. It was a bit dry for me.

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A fairly good mystery

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.

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Golden Age Mystery

Great listen. Good narrator. If you Like Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, give this a try!

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What a disappointment

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.

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Cozy, fun, nicely written and read

The story was a perfect companion to a day spent at home. The story was nicely written. It kept me guessing until the very end. The reader was fantastic and I enjoyed her performance, seamless transition between the voices of the different characters.

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  • jan campbell
  • 11-06-17

Terrible narrator

Narrator is poor at accents and pronunciation. Spoils a potentially good book. The Australian character sounded like an American.