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Summary

Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle, and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday.

But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumours are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator, or will they uncover a far more corporeal culprit?

©1932 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended." ( The New York Times)
"Bright and effervescent." ( The Times Literary Supplement)
"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining. Praise for the author." ( Sunday Times)

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Another great book ruined by terrible reading!

What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

Terrible English accent - all over the place! This reader's style is hopelessly distracting, making it almost impossible to concentrate on the story.

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great mystery stories by Georgette Heyer

If you could sum up Footsteps in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

intriguing, mysterious, fun.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is good but sometimes slightly off key as you can occasionally hear an Aussie accent in there and it can sound a bit strained and ponderous. Mostly good though.

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Great book, grating narrator

Enjoyably tongue in cheek mystery from Georgette Heyer (dare I hope her other mysteries may eventually be released?), mildly spoiled by poor narration - a faint Australian twang, and a scattering of mispronunciations (so far we've had host-ellery instead of hostelry, and deh-sultry instead of desultory.

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Highly enjoyable story spoiled by narration

What did you like best about Footsteps in the Dark? What did you like least?

I most enjoyed the overtones of sardonic humour running through the story - I least enjoyed the rambling of the artist Duval, and the rather pedantic pace of the narration

What other book might you compare Footsteps in the Dark to, and why?

Death in the stocks, also by georgette heyer, because of the balance of humour with some dramatic tension in places

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

I would rather not

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

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Entertaining but slightly predictable

Enjoyable story, although the murder doesn't happen until towards the end of the book. Also I guessed who the baddie was (and who the apparent bad guy was) halfway through. Ulli Birvé's performance is great as usual.

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  • Jo
  • 17-07-19

Great fun

A good old fashioned murder mystery. Really fun with good characters and plenty of drama. I loved it and have bought the book.

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Classic Georgette Heyer crime detection

One of the few Georgette Heyer mysteries where I haven't previously read the book. Does she really write "la moine"? I don't find the vaguely Australian accent of the narrator intrusive, bearing in mind this an Australian production, and I enjoy her reading of the different characters . Haven't finished it yet but definitely one to listen to again.

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intriguing story

great story, spellbound, but guess the end, which didn't spoil a good listen. Well read.

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This is the first Georgette Heyer detective I have read or listened to. I thought the story a little slow but as it progressed I had picked up on the humour and the characters and was keen for the final unveiling. I really struggled with the narrator though. I was delighted to find that Georgette Heyer had written so many detective books after exhausting her historic novels on Audible but am reluctant to purchase another because of the narrator as it is the same for the remaining audio books.

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Enjoyable mystery, shame about the narrator

I really enjoyed this story but found the narrator very strange. Thinking that maybe I was being overly fussy I had a look at other reviews of this audiobook and it turns out I'm not the only one. The narrator's attempts to disguise her Australian accent with an RP one made some passages quite stilted and her native vowels shine through anyway. Her pronunciation of some English words is very strange and her pronunciation of French words is wrong and inconsistent.

What a shame since this is a great Georgette Heyer mystery and it seems the same narrator has been chosen for the others too.

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  • Becky Price
  • 28-01-15

A Fun Story!

The story was incredibly fun with ancient houses, secret passages, and interesting characters. Ulli Birve did a fine job with the narration. After I listened to Why Shoot a Butler, I was reluctant to listen to Ulli Birve narrarate another Georgette Heyer novel. But the last two novels I have listened to with Birve as narrator have been very good.

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  • Patricia
  • 11-08-14

Entertaining mystery from the great Georgette

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Unlike some other reviewers, I think the narrator did a very fine job. I enjoyed her reading, characterizations, and she has a lovely voice. Having read the book already, I knew the plot, but nevertheless I was kept engaged by the wonderful dialogue.Thank goodness Heyer's mysteries are being made available in unabridged audiobooks!

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  • Stephan
  • 04-02-19

Hard to hear in the car

I mostly listen to Audible books while driving, and this one was mostly IN-audible. Ulli Birvé seemed like a reasonably good performer, but there was simply no setting where you could make out more than about half of what she was saying. Very frustrating.

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  • ysabelkid
  • 17-02-18

Pleasant British mystery

The narrator certainly did this quintessentially British mystery justice, despite the faint Aussie accent I detected. I really enjoyed how she gave each character their own vocal quirks, even the men. A fun way to while away the hours on the road.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-18

Put speed on 1.10 for a better listen!

Very interesting story! Narrator is too slow but can be made tolerable by setting the speed at 1.10.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-18

Couldn't put it down.

The story was engaging and the characters well done. I enjoyed every minute of the story. I read the story in one sitting and didn't realize what time it was until I was finished and the clock said 4:30.

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  • Diana
  • 07-07-18

ms heyer is no mystery writer

I understand now why G. Heyer is better known for her romances. the story waas draggy and not very mysterious. so many silly and unbelievable mistakes. perhaps i am judging it frm 2018 eyes but i cant help but think agatha christie novels were far superior in plot to these. narrator was ok. clear though at times a bit bland and monotone.

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  • notlad
  • 26-01-18

Narration is almost laughable

Cute story. Too bad a better narrator cannot be found. One just has to remember that what sounds like a girl is supposed to be a man.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-10-20

Fun

It's been a long while since I read this story, so I couldn't remember much of the plot. It was fun to reacquaint myself with Michael and Margaret and Peter, Cecelia and Charles. Fun, a wee bit "spooky" and just right.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-20

Recommended

It's a farce, and I kept expecting Shaggy and Scooby-Doo to show up, but it was very entertaining and I loved the atmosphere. I listened two times in as many days .