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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.

©1951 Georgette Rougier (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"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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  • Hannah
  • Hanworth, United Kingdom
  • 22-06-15

A wonderful plot ruined by an illiterate narrator.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The plot of this is one of my favourite of Heyer's murder mysteries - and reintroduces us to several characters we have met before, in addition to Inspector Hemingway. It was worth listening to again, whilst getting on with the housework simply because it is a Georgette Heyer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3?

The narrator's appalling - off the scale incompetent - attempt at a Scottish accent. Nicola Sturgeon should do something about it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?

No. Never, not ever. Not even if I were struck blind and she was the only narrator of audio books.

Was Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 worth the listening time?

Yes - only because I was doing something else at the same time and love the book.

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Accents, pronunciation and Scottish

Would you try another book written by Georgette Heyer or narrated by Ulli Birvé?

I've listened to a few Georgette Heyer books, they are always well written. UNFORTUNATELY, read by Ulli Birvé. I think I'm started to get used to her, but it's hard work.

What other book might you compare Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 to, and why?

The Hemingway books are a little like Christie or Marsh, nice mysteries padded out with OTT characters.

How could the performance have been better?

It would be nice if Ulli Birvé could act at all, or mimic any accents at all. Her scottish accent here is painful and nearly incomprehensible. Her monotonous delivery is tolerable with time. Also bear in mind that she often doesn't know how to pronounce a word and guesses blindly, which is off-putting. The humour of the characterizations is often lost trying to extract meaning from her mangled English.

Did Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 inspire you to do anything?

I find myself inspired to imaginatively criticise Ulli Birvé. Sorry Ulli. I'm sure you tried.

Any additional comments?

It would be lovely to get these great fun mysteries read by someone who can. Like William Gaminara. Please.

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Ruined by the reader

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book yes...the audio book no purely because of the dire reading...the scots accent.....unintelligible and the word guineas had obviously never been heard of by the reader

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story and the characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Totally destroyed it by a stilted reading as though a child was reading aloud,,, i could bear that ,......but the attempt at a scots accent ..truly terrible and I am not a scot!

Was Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3 worth the listening time?

For the story .....I guess so but putting up with the reader I really don't think so.I have heard better reader on the free audio book offerings...a real let down...I was driving a long journey on my own so had little choice other than to listen to a murder story being murdered by the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Has any one at audible actually listened to this reader...and if I had paid the full amount of over £20.00 rather than through the monthly credit I would have been very cross.

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Disappointed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Terrible reading. Basic words mispronounced. No feeling. Poor accents. Spoiled it for me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad reading overall

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  • Tab
  • uk
  • 11-01-18

Agonising Narrator

Why, oh WHY, did the publishers choose this narrator for the wonderful Heyer's detective novels? I was so baffled by her strange pronunciation that I Googled her: she turns out to be Australian, which explains why her British accent is so strangled and weird. She pronounces words in the strangest way: known becomes kno-wan. She mispronounces many expressions: prophesied becomes prophesised, sal volatile as pronounced sal volla-tile.

And the accents!!!!! Where do you start..... The accent of the Scottish policeman in this story reminds me forcibly of Joey's attempt at a Southern accent in Friends ("de Sout will rise again, man!"). It is so atrocious, it varied between practically every possible accent in the world, EXCEPT for Scottish.

I can only assume that narrators like this have not actually been auditioned before being booked, because I don't believe that anyone with a brain could think this is an even adequate attempt at narration, let alone one good enough for customers to purchase.

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Appalling

The worst narrator I have come across, endless mispronunciations and a laughable Scottish accent. Ruination of one of my favourite books.

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Good story

Unfortunately, the performance fails at times, which is a shame as, overall, the narration is very good - worth persevering.

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  • Carôle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 13-01-15

Chief Inspector Hemingway Does it Again!

Again, a beautiful tale - simple yet complex - a genuine brain teaser! I love the personable way these novels are written and, they are all narrated superbly! My favourite Hemingway!

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A good story, somewhat spoiled by the narration

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately one of the major characters in this story is a Scottish police inspector, given to Gaelic exclamations and this was totally beyond the talents of the narrator which spoilt large parts of the story for me though otherwise her narration was quite acceptable.

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  • Jerri C
  • 03-01-15

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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  • Meep
  • 26-01-15

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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  • liz harrow
  • 21-06-16

love them all

the time and place are depicted with wit and color. the reader is wonderful. the characters delectable.

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  • Chelle
  • 20-07-15

Yes for Heyer! Swap Narrator

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This is the third book I've listened to by Birve, and I do manage to get used to her delivery, after sticking with it, but her reading style does detract from the way Heyer writes.

Any additional comments?

Try one of the other narrators on a Heyer who-dunnit before starting with this one.
And for those that also like to know things like this; the book does contain some swear words and using God's titles as curse words.

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  • Fiona
  • 02-07-15

Murder and romance what more could I want

I love this story and have read it several times and now I've listened twice. The narrator does a great job differentiating the voices which I enjoy.

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  • Steven L. Wilson
  • 01-06-15

Dialogue, a wide range of characters

Not many of whom are very likable, and an ingenious set of murders.

It's a very good Heyer thriller. A period piece certainly, but that it is one of its primary appeals. It's also refreshing to hearth rollers and alas an author's viewpoint seeping or sometimes blaring through that isn't the reflexive unthinking political correctness that has progressively infected writers nowadays.

I think I've now worked my way through her vintage thrillers and so as do all others this good things come to an end.

I think Ms. Birve's readings are well suited to the Heyer works and I'll miss gearing her read as well.

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  • Paul and Courtney
  • 16-03-15

Decent story, Worst narration I've ever heard

I honestly can't figure out how Ulli Birve gets work at all. Her accents would even be adequate for a friend telling a joke at a bar. She really ruins the experience. It's a shame.

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  • MW
  • 07-08-18

Can’t go too far wrong with a Georgette Heyerdahl

This book has some truly unsavory characters, but it has some great ones, too. I’ve read it at least once & listened to it twice now ... mostly because I love Timothy. He’s a great character. I’d love to have him on my side, if I ever were to find myself in a mess.

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  • Su
  • 29-12-17

Enjoyable Story, Dreadful Narrator

Never attempt a Scottish accent unless you can pull it off. Most of the Scottish accented dialogue I can't understand and it is physically painful to listen to. I may only be an American, but I can understand a Scottish accent when it is well done.

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  • Frida
  • 09-10-17

this really held my interest, very well put togeth

loved the story, was surprised by the who's in the done it's, too bad at the end we just get a recap of the final events rather than experience them with the characters.