The 60th birthday party of Silas Kane was marred by argument and dissension among his family. And then, the morning after the celebrations, Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure.
But then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune, throwing a new and sinister light on Kane's death. All clues point to an elderly lady of eighty as the killer. But as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde delves further into the case he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems.
"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"The author introduces us to enough lively and interesting people to make the book attractive even without its ingenious detective plot." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)
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Great story spoilt by narration
I was really looking forward to having the Georgette Heyer detective novels in audio, having read them in the past. This one is a good story.
Very poor - over-enunciated with pauses in strange places and some odd pronunciation. I won't be buying any more of this series.
Clever story, poor performance!
I would certainly try another Georgette Heyer book but would not buy another read by this narrator.
My favourite character was Rosemary Kane, as she was so unremittingly awful!
I have never heard a worse audio narration. The accents she adopted and her pronunciation were extremely peculiar and she often put the emphasis on the wrong word. This really spoilt the book for me.
I thought the story was cleverly constructed and amusingly written.
- V Schindler