Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 : Inspector Hemingway

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hemingway
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilised game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder.
The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector's young friend, Timothy Kane, becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady's innocence – but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it's more than a little bit shady.

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What the Critics Say

"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining." (Sunday Times)
"The wittiest of detective story writers." (The Daily Mail)
"A writer of great wit and style." (The Daily Telegraph)

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Horrible attempt at an accent

This is not my favorite Heyer mystery, however it's a reasonable way to pass the time overall with a surprise ending that I did not see coming. If you like classic golden age mysteries, you'll probably enjoy the story pretty well. The reader is not overall horrible, she does opposite sex characters quite well, has a pleasant voice, and is able to differentiate between characters reasonably well. However, I bought this book in spite of the fact that one of the reviews on the U.K. website warned against the horrible attempt at a Scottish accent given to one of the secondary characters , because I thought they were probably being over sensitive. I was wrong. The butchering of this accent is so bad, it's really impossible to tell what accent the reader is trying to portray, and sometimes even what she is saying at all. She sounds like she's actually choking sometimes, and sometimes more like she's had a major stroke. I mean, the badness of this accent is so epic words can't describe it. This accent belongs to a secondary character, but he does have far too much to say (at least as read by this reader) towards the latter half of the book. I would recommend against this book based on that fact alone because it is very disturbing and unpleasant to listen to.
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- Meep "Meep"

Another Fine Heyer Mystery

While I don't find them quite up to the standards of her Regency novels, I do enjoy Heyer's mysteries, which were "modern" at the time she wrote them, in the 1930's - 1940's. Now they are period pieces, and interesting as such as well. Ulli Birve has now narrated most of Heyer's mysteries, and I have found all that I have listened to so far to be very enjoyable. I think that she "gets" the personalities of the various characters very well and conveys the spirit of the story, and the time period. And yet is easy to understand and follow the plot, which is important in a mystery.

One thing I find very helpful is that this book is "wispersync" ready, so I can go back and forth between my Kindle version and the audio version, or even read along with the narration. I enjoy "wispersync" and hope that Audible will make more of Heyer's mysteries available in this treatment, especially They Found Him Dead, which has many of the same characters as Duplicate Death.

I hope that Audible/Ulli Birve will soon release the two of Heyer's mysteries not yet available, Detection Unlimited and Penhallow.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd