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Black & Blue

Lord & Lady Hetheridge Volume 4
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Lord & Lady Hetheridge, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

Modern art dealer Granville Hardwick has a way with people - a way of making them wish he were dead. His London gallery is filled with works of questionable merit, his dating pool consists of other men's wives, and his home is the eyesore of a fine old neighborhood. The neighborhood of Scotland Yard's Chief Superintendent Tony Hetheridge, as a matter of fact. So when Hardwick turns up dead, bashed on the head by a rather tasteless reproduction, it's Hetheridge and his new bride, Kate, who embark on solving the case.

When he married Kate, Tony expected things to be different. But with Kate's ne'er-do-well relatives making trouble on the home front, and his own enemies attacking from within Scotland Yard, the case of the dead art dealer and three unfaithful wives might do more than change Mayfair. It might change Lord and Lady Hetheridge forever.

©2015 Stephanie Abbott (P)2016 Stephanie Abbott

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  • Arline H. Burnell
  • 17-02-16

Agatha Christie lives again

Where does Black & Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 50

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Trying to figure who was the murderer

Which character – as performed by Matthew Lloyd Davies – was your favorite?

Lord Hetheridge

Any additional comments?

Delightful characters set in England ranging from a peer of the realm to his cockney wife and her problematic family. The narrator brought the story to life w a wide range of accents.

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  • B. Larrick
  • 30-08-19

Very good book

I love the story behind it, but the narrator is awesome and helps you visualize the story.

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  • R. Thyme
  • 26-04-19

From A to V - Annoying to Vile

Want to spend 7-and-a-half hours listening to the spewings of the gratingly annoying and the loathsomely vile? Why then, "Black & Blue" is for you. After the first book, which had promise, the series has steadily broken that promise into less and less palatable portrayals of, ultimately, indigestible characters.

The title characters, especially Kate, have become dithering, self-absorbed, unconvincing caricatures. So much so that the otherwise excellent narrator has resorted to whispering almost all of Tony's mush mouth blather, while screeching almost all of Kate's never ending whining. The most repugnant of the secondary characters are front and center, and the formerly tolerable secondary characters throw neurotic temper tantrums.

Then there are the characters developed specially for this murder non-mystery. The love-interest Texan who personifies the All Hat No Cattle trope. Every one of the female characters is a hollow, grasping, deceitful, clinging shrew straight out of the Misogynist Hall of Horrors. The male characters are cardboard cutouts who are supposed to be Worst Cases of Testosterone Poisoning. The murder non-mystery is a thin subplot. The book really should be re-titled "The Anguish That Lord & Lady Hetheridge Suffer at Home and At Work" to do it justice.

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  • jcollins@gprep.org
  • 25-03-18

A fascinating cast of characters—this series never disappoints

Emma Jameson’s Lord & Lady Hetheridge are an unlikely couple who manage to be brilliantly believable. It’s a Cinderella story set amidst the “Toft Squad” of Scotland Yard. Tony, Kate & their quirky colleagues tackle high profile murder cases which require tact as well as talent.
If you enjoy a baffling mystery set amidst the titled & entitled this series is your cup of tea.

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  • V. Becker
  • 02-09-17

Terrible accent

Kate's accent makes her sound like a gutter snipe. I realize she isn't well bred but could sound less offensive.

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  • Susie Buggs
  • 11-08-17

Good finale

It was a good wrap-up but I'd like more stories with these characters. Very interesting.

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  • Laurie
  • 19-07-17

Not as good as the two previous books

The characters become more fully developed and I found I wanted all of the main characters to forge a private detective agency.
The killer is revealed in a few minutes at the end. The story of the killer is not woven into the story. Its like the author wasn't sure of the killer until it was time to end the book.

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  • Louisa
  • 25-06-17

Don't Waste Your Time

The plot summary was enticing but the performance was subpar as was the writing.

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  • Christina
  • 01-03-17

narrator horrible with womens voices

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was unable to finish the book. The narrator's attempt at women's voices was a mess.

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  • Melstamps
  • 31-01-17

Love This Series

Have read and listened to the entire series and enjoy it so much. The characters are well drawn and the book is peppered with humor, though not a comedy. Can't wait for the next book.