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Publisher's Summary

The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.
The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, the neighbour who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow's emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there's the blackmail plot that may – or may not – be at the heart of the case....
©1939 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pungent dialogue and A1 characterisation." (Time Magazine)
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is as refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel." (The Times Literary Supplement)
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By Monica on 01-30-15

Not a good read(er)

What did you like best about No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1? What did you like least?

Georgette Heyer's mysteries are sprightly and entertaining, though dated in regard to foreigners (teeth gritted), and rather contrived, shallow plotting (about which see comments on narrator). I am also less fond of the Inspector Hemingway novels than the earlier ones--they seem more routine. But like her other books, this was well written, full of fun, and had its share of wonderful characters--especially Vicky. And it is these qualities that make me love Georgette Heyer, even at her less-than-best.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ingenious, if improbable. The villain is a most satisfying choice. Not sure I like the way one promising character gets reduced to a second-best dull old thing, but the emerging love story is fun.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Aside from pleasant speaking voice, she ruined this book in every possible way. No animation at all and draggy pace. This is especially unbearable when she voices the male characters, for whom she switches to Very. Carefully. Spaced. Monotone. This a serious crime in Heyer novels, which are so dependent on shadings of tone, irony, comedy, and a fine sense of the ridiculous. The reading killed these, so that the only thing left was the not-very-entertaining plot. You don't read Heyer for plot. I was so looking forward to revisiting the rest of the mysteries, but absolutely can't.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not with this cast/production. No way.

Any additional comments?

Try again with a different reader? And for Heyer fans who have not read her mysteries, get the books! They're lovely escape reading.

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By Paul and Courtney on 02-22-15

Horrible Naration: Why Use Australian Accents?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was OK, but a little corny in the end. The Ulli Birve was just awful. I really can't believe that she can find work. She can do about three different accents, and two of them sound Australian. Just awful reading. The ending was a little silly.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It seemed exceedingly implausible.

What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

Absolutely NOTHING. It was awful.

Did No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

Hate Ulli Birve's work, and read the next book.

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By Mrs on 10-31-15

Narration spoilt the book

Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Ulli Birvé?

Yes by Georgett heyer no to Ulli Birve

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ulli Birvé?

Phyllida Nash

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Stroy intriguing and always like Georgette Heyer's dialogue which is why narration so important.

Any additional comments?

Reading as an Australian would have been fine, but pretending to be English badly and totally unanimated reading ruined an author I really like so now I can't buy any more of her crime books.

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By Th?r?se on 02-27-15

Death by monotone

Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Ulli Birvé?

Would love to listen to anything by Heyer. Finely-tuned, intelligent, and funny.

What other book might you compare No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 to, and why?

Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers

What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

It is hard to imagine a more relentless, humorless, dull reading, of such wonderful material. Amazing that some vague traces of the wit and sparkle of the author actually survive.

Any additional comments?

Terrific books, worthy of re-issue. Would be brilliant in the right hands

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By Mary Neylan on 08-08-16

Women

The mystery held your attention until the end.

Loved the wit of the investigating officer.

Disliked the type casting of mostly silly women and dominating men, but perhaps that just reflected the era.

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By Cary on 08-05-17

Ok

I really struggled to finish this. In fact I sped up the reading to finish. I could never forget the reader. The way she paused and broke up sentences was very distracting, and therefore I could never be fully immersed in the book. I much prefered the reader of the last Georgette Heyer book I listened to.

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