It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone – from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before - but this time, the talented young inspector discovers much more than he's bargained for.
©1933 Copyright © Georgette Rougier, 1933 (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"Heyer is an author to read – this means you!" ( The New York Herald Tribune)
"The wittiest of detective writers." ( The Daily Mail)
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ms. L. C. Robertson on 05-02-17

Excellent book fantastically badly read

Amazing book (love Georgette Heyer!!) but read so incredibly badly it is almost unlistenable to.

I really think there ought to be some kind of quality check before these things are put into the public domain. I understand that not everyone will be as amazing as Stephen Fry (for instance) but I presume these ppl get paid for their work? Perhaps they just need training but whatever it is, go into this book with your eyes (ears?) open and try and enjoy the story. If you can follow it...

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3 out of 5 stars
By Janey on 19-09-16

Good story ruined

Another very good story by this author, ruined by the narrator. Does no one check the reading and pronunciation of these books before they are put on sale. Audible apparently do not care that their customers are driven mad by poor performances or they would do something about it.
This would be a brilliant audio book read by someone else.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daddy Shawn on 18-12-15

A perfect novel for Agatha Christie fans.

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A great book for the Agatha Christie fans who want to read something else. Old English manners. A lovely book though it does have some slow bits. I enjoyed my first dive into Georgette Heyer.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 05-01-16

Stayed up late to finish it!

If you like the "oldies" (Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia Wentworth, etc) then this book will be a joy. It has all the standard form of a stately home gathering, where the murder is discreetly committed (reader not subjected to too much blood and gore), the group of relatives and friends forced to remain together until the denouement where the killer is finally revealed by the Scotland Yard detective, etc. True classic British country home mystery, that does not disappoint.

At first I thought there were too many characters to sort out, but Heyerdahl handles them so well, they are each quite memorable by the end of the book. This is about the death of Arthur Billington-Smith, a perfectly horrible and cruel man that everybody was secretly or openly happy to see dead. Which made deciding whom, among them all, hated him just enough more to find him threatening at a different level. Enter Scotland Yard, and even a bit of romance.

The narration is good, the story was a great cerebral puzzle, a Who-dunnit in the truest sense, and I enjoyed listening to every minute of it.

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