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.

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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

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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

Fan of Heyer

I'm usually a great fan of Georgette Heyer, and this narrator is usually very competent as well. I'm not sure why she speaks so very slowly in a typical recording, unless it is to facilitate using the alternates speeds for listening.

For my taste, the plant spent far too much time focused on one and two minute increments of time during which the murder could have happened. I think the plotline could be fine, probably better for me if I was actually reading the book rather than listening, but the narration made one of the main characters (Neville Fletcher) seem possibly even more smarmy and unlikable than necessary. He had the potential to be witty and light, but came off as very patronizing and condescending. The first audiobook I just didn't finish.
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- Greg Florence

Book Details

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