No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 : Inspector Hemingway

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hemingway
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible - no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.
The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, the neighbour who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow's emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there's the blackmail plot that may - or may not - be at the heart of the case....

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What the Critics Say

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pungent dialogue and A1 characterisation." (Time Magazine)
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is as refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel." (The Times Literary Supplement)

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A Crime in 3 Acts!

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 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!
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- Carôle

Narration spoilt the book

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

Yes by Georgett heyer no to Ulli Birve


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ulli Birvé?

Phyllida Nash


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Stroy intriguing and always like Georgette Heyer's dialogue which is why narration so important.


Any additional comments?

Reading as an Australian would have been fine, but pretending to be English badly and totally unanimated reading ruined an author I really like so now I can't buy any more of her crime books.

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- Mrs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd