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.
©1938 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"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)
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
I've never read this one before and I l honestly found myself laughing out loud several times during the book, owed greatly to the narrators' sense of timing and understanding of the humor in Heyers' books. I heard the detective stories were hit and miss but obviously got lucky with this one. Cards on the table, it's technically not that great a detective story, I guessed the killer quite quickly and knew for sure by half way through the book. What this really is, is a funny, romantic and charming romp, with a reasonable detective story to hang it all on. The narrator does a really good job with and incredibly hard task because she not only has to cope with voicing all the male and female parts and manage the comic timing but due to the era it's set in, she also has to convey markedly different accents because of class. I read the series out of order and was disappointed in the first but you really don't seem to miss much by skipping the ones less well rated. In summary not for those who want the next Jo Nesbo but I think most Heyer fans will really like this one. It's up there with my favorite Heyer books and I will be listening to it for years to come.
The stories will always be top class vintage murder mysteries but it would have been better if they were read by a native English speaker who understood idioms and how to pronounce e.g "sal volatile" and the different pronunciations of "dilatory". Little things like this are exceedingly irritating!
I am enjoying my retirement. Living part time in France . Going to the theatre and reading or listening to crime novels.
A good, old fashioned story witty and entertaining with eccentric characters totally ruined by appalling reader.
Yes, if one can get over an occasional irritating pronunciation (sal vol-a-tile rather than sal vola-tilee) and silly police methods, this is a very entertaining stroll through a stage or radio imagined thriller.
Constable Glass aka Ichabod alias Malacai, a wonderfully annoying, meticulous, and crystal clear self-righteously inglorious messenger if ever a novel had one.
Her tone is ideal for a spoken rendition of Heyer's creations, with repertoire of character voices that is uncomplicated but appealing. Ulli delivers a Woman's Hour type of serialised drama treat, perfectly suited for the old BBC Light Programme - engaging but not overpowering. In fact, a perfect setting for any Georgette Heyer tale.
It made me laugh, cry in frustration, want to throw a brick at the police handing the case, and throttle all those present .. who hadn't already had their head's bashed in. What can I say, except: marvellous. I settled myself down in a comfortable chair, with a nice cup of tea and a sweet biscuit, then suspended my disbelief .. and was carried away on a flight of fantasy.
A great lover of who dun its and a regular Georgette Heyer reader I have been looking forward to coming into another century and starting on the Inspector Hannasyde series. With reviews seeming to suggest that this 4th book was far better than the earlier books - a 'gem' I believe one reviewer wrote - I tackled this book first and with enthusiasm. Unfoftunately I found the characters far too stereotyped (and unpleasant) the reading wooden and the constant discussion on the time suspects went up and down a garden and in and out a study tedious. After much deliberation I have tried to be fair and give 2 stars because I did battle on so I could check out the ending, but really this was poor.
"My Favorite Heyer Mystery!"
The story. It keeps you guessing.
Sgt Hemingway. I love how he thinks.
This is another great performance by Ulli Birve. A real professional.
No crying but I laughed...a lot!
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.
"A very good story with a surprise ending. I really"
The narrator was very good. I liked the different voices she used for the different characters
"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
"Good characters but went on too long."
The narrator seemed to have an Australian accent which was a bit odd but not too distracting.
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