A Blunt Instrument : Inspector Hannasyde

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • Series: Inspector Hannasyde
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him?
Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher's life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be. There is, in fact, no shortage of people who wanted him dead. Then, a second murder is committed, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case, and Hannasyde realises he's up against a killer on a mission.


What the Critics Say

"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"Ranks alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey, and Allingham." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel." (The Times Literary Supplement)


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Customer Reviews

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One that any Heyer fan is likely to appriciate

I've never read this one before and I l honestly found myself laughing out loud several times during the book, owed greatly to the narrators' sense of timing and understanding of the humor in Heyers' books. I heard the detective stories were hit and miss but obviously got lucky with this one. Cards on the table, it's technically not that great a detective story, I guessed the killer quite quickly and knew for sure by half way through the book. What this really is, is a funny, romantic and charming romp, with a reasonable detective story to hang it all on. The narrator does a really good job with and incredibly hard task because she not only has to cope with voicing all the male and female parts and manage the comic timing but due to the era it's set in, she also has to convey markedly different accents because of class. I read the series out of order and was disappointed in the first but you really don't seem to miss much by skipping the ones less well rated. In summary not for those who want the next Jo Nesbo but I think most Heyer fans will really like this one. It's up there with my favorite Heyer books and I will be listening to it for years to come.
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- nicole


Delicious 30s detective story with characters like her regency novels updated to the nineteen
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- jo9999

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd