Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 2 : Inspector Hemingway

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hemingway
  • 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A holiday party takes on a sinister aspect when the colourful assortment of guests discovers there is a killer in their midst. The owner of the substantial estate, that old Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. While the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered a locked room to commit the foul deed.
For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is complicated by the fact that every guest is hiding something, throwing all of their testimonies into question and casting suspicion far and wide.
This clever and daring crime will mystify listeners, although the answer is in plain sight the whole time.

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"The wittiest of detective writers." (The Daily Mail)
"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining." (The Sunday Times)
"Miss Heyer's characters are an abiding delight to me." (Dorothy L Sayers)

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Disappointing Peformance of a Really Good Book

For a number of years only two of Georgette Heyer's dozen or so murder mysteries were available on Audible, and those were reissues of weak audiocassette recordings. So I was pleased when the first of these Bolinda productions appeared. But I wasn't keen on the samples of Ulli Birve's narration I listened to, so held off getting any of them.

Enter "Envious Casca," my vote for the best of Heyer's mysteries. "Envious Casca" is an exceptionally clever and well conceived mystery with an unexpected twist, interesting if not particularly lovable characters, and great dialogue full of wry British wit and plenty of humor. And it's set in the midst of a country house "Christmas jollification," so I decided in the spirit of the season to give Ulli a try.



Unfortunately my reservations about the narration turned out to be justified. Although Ms. Birve handles dialogue and character differentiation passably well, she reads narrative prose in a jerky, irritating style--pausing after what seems like every third word and breaking phrases into chunks that decimate the flow of the prose. Worse, she either doesn't recognize the humor in what she's reading or she's simply incapable of anything resembling comic timing or nuance. It's a disservice to what should have been a delightful "old school" mystery.
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- Carol

Good story, flat performance.

Georgette Heyer created a great mystery with an unexpected twist for its solution. I enjoyed the story line. However, it was spoiled by Ulli Birve's narration which was flat and uninflected. I'm sorry there isn't a negative rating I can give the performance.
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- Darlene Hicks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd