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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
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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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By Toby on 11-19-14

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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9 of 10 people found this review helpful


By Jan on 10-31-16

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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Pat on 01-12-15

Great story spoilt by narration

What did you like best about this story?

I was really looking forward to having the Georgette Heyer detective novels in audio, having read them in the past. This one is a good story.

How could the performance have been better?

Very poor - over-enunciated with pauses in strange places and some odd pronunciation. I won't be buying any more of this series.

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By Marion P Schindler on 12-08-14

Clever story, poor performance!

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

I would certainly try another Georgette Heyer book but would not buy another read by this narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Rosemary Kane, as she was so unremittingly awful!

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

I have never heard a worse audio narration. The accents she adopted and her pronunciation were extremely peculiar and she often put the emphasis on the wrong word. This really spoilt the book for me.

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

I thought the story was cleverly constructed and amusingly written.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By jan campbell on 11-06-17

Terrible narrator

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

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