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A great book for the Agatha Christie fans who want to read something else. Old English manners. A lovely book though it does have some slow bits. I enjoyed my first dive into Georgette Heyer.
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If you like the "oldies" (Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia Wentworth, etc) then this book will be a joy. It has all the standard form of a stately home gathering, where the murder is discreetly committed (reader not subjected to too much blood and gore), the group of relatives and friends forced to remain together until the denouement where the killer is finally revealed by the Scotland Yard detective, etc. True classic British country home mystery, that does not disappoint.
At first I thought there were too many characters to sort out, but Heyerdahl handles them so well, they are each quite memorable by the end of the book. This is about the death of Arthur Billington-Smith, a perfectly horrible and cruel man that everybody was secretly or openly happy to see dead. Which made deciding whom, among them all, hated him just enough more to find him threatening at a different level. Enter Scotland Yard, and even a bit of romance.
The narration is good, the story was a great cerebral puzzle, a Who-dunnit in the truest sense, and I enjoyed listening to every minute of it.
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Amazing book (love Georgette Heyer!!) but read so incredibly badly it is almost unlistenable to.
I really think there ought to be some kind of quality check before these things are put into the public domain. I understand that not everyone will be as amazing as Stephen Fry (for instance) but I presume these ppl get paid for their work? Perhaps they just need training but whatever it is, go into this book with your eyes (ears?) open and try and enjoy the story. If you can follow it...
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Another very good story by this author, ruined by the narrator. Does no one check the reading and pronunciation of these books before they are put on sale. Audible apparently do not care that their customers are driven mad by poor performances or they would do something about it.
This would be a brilliant audio book read by someone else.
I have an Older copy of " Behold here's Poison " read by Hugh Dickson which is Fabulous so such a shame the reader is not up to such standard … These are great mystery books of Georgette Heyer and so glad at last to see them in Audible but have to get a better reader!!!…. I know she is trying to do a good job but lacks the variation in the different characters especially the men's voices …all seem too much the same and also a bit too slow and stilted in reading …