This is the 1st in the Inspector Hemmingway novels & it starts of rather dully to be honest, but because it's Georgette Heyer, one has to persist. And..Show More » it's well worth the perseverance.
The first part is necessary - although you won't appreciate that at the time - because of the over abundance of Red Herrings, liberally scattered about!
Part 2 is the meat & potatoes of the piece & is in equal parts entertainingly humorous & doggedly sleuth-like.
Part 3, the finale, neatly ties together the whole & brings about not only a satisfactory conclusion, but a strong desire to wish for more narrative on the 'happy ever after' stories of the remaining characters.
Definitely well worth the read. If you're hesitant about purchasing this novel - think of it in a similar vein of the Miss Silver novels, without the staidness of Miss Silver, but all of the fun & humour of the same. Buy it. You'll thank me!
I used to read Georgette Heyer's mysteries when I was a child. So I'd obviously read this one before, but this was like it was the 1st time. The chara..Show More »cters were superbly portrayed by the narrator & all were extremely well written! A beautiful novel for a cosy 'fireside' read, with a twist that you really never see coming.
I'm off to purchase the next one. Well worth the investment.
I read and enjoyed these stories many years ago and so looked forward to listening to them, however, the narration is so bad I could not listen to the..Show More » end. I believe they are produced in Australia and it is hard to imagine that the producers could not find there an actor capable of giving voice to characters with recognisable English accents or capable of speaking in a less ponderous and monotone way.