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
"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)
"Entertaining mystery from the great Georgette"
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!
"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.
"Another great book ruined by terrible reading!"
Terrible English accent - all over the place! This reader's style is hopelessly distracting, making it almost impossible to concentrate on the story.
"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.
"Highly enjoyable story spoiled by narration"
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
Death in the stocks, also by georgette heyer, because of the balance of humour with some dramatic tension in places
I would rather not
"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.
"great mystery stories by Georgette Heyer"
intriguing, mysterious, fun.
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.
"Another golden oldie long awaited"
Not easy to answer this one. I tend to rate books as to whether they go on the play again shelf. This one definitely rates that distinction.
I think, Charles. He seemed to have a handle on the situation and then lost the plot.
No - I took time to listen as I had waited for this title for a long time. The voice did not gel at first but it was not unpleasant. As mentioned, it rates a second playing at a later date.
It did raise a chuckle in parts as it was so predictable.
"One of my favourites"
To those of you (and you're mostly UK) who found the narrator irritating, I can only say that I'd like to see you do a better job.
I loved this story and found that the narration was part of that magic. It was one I'd missed during my Heyer book days and I was delighted to find it.
Georgette Heyer was fond of adding romance to her mysteries and this is no exception.
Yes, there are a few mispronounciations but few of us are perfect and dialects vary (example: the American pronounciation of the letter Z and the English one). It happens.
I expect I'm one of the few who gave this book 5 stars across the board but then my tastes probably vary from most.
And yes, my descent IS English.
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