A Blunt Instrument : Inspector Hannasyde

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hannasyde
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him?
Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher's life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be. There is, in fact, no shortage of people who wanted him dead. Then, a second murder is committed, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case, and Hannasyde realises he's up against a killer on a mission.


What the Critics Say

"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"Ranks alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey, and Allingham." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel." (The Times Literary Supplement)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

My Favorite Heyer Mystery!

What made the experience of listening to A Blunt Instrument the most enjoyable?

The story. It keeps you guessing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sgt Hemingway. I love how he thinks.

Have you listened to any of Ulli Birvé’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is another great performance by Ulli Birve. A real professional.

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

No crying but I laughed...a lot!

Any additional comments?

I love Georgette Heyer books, especially the mysteries, and A BLUNT INSTRUMENT is my favorite Heyer mystery. It shows off Heyer's skill in creating characters that make the reader interested in the story. She paints such a vivid picture of the social culture of the time period that it becomes an element of the story. Bottom Line: This story is fun and Ulli Birve gives another great performance so you can't go wrong with this book if you like English mysteries and/or books by Georgette Heyer.

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- Barbara

Great story by a terrific reader

One of the best of the wonderful Georgette Heyer mysteries. The reader brings the story to life by conveying the characters through a variety of pitch perfect accents and voices
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- M. R. James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd