I absolutely love Heyers's thrillers and this is no disappointment. Great characters and dialogue, which steep her mysteries in humour. Her hero and h..Show More »eroine are delightful, as ever, but it's the minor cameos that sparkle. The narrator is good except for the seargeant. That Scottish accent! Just dreadful!
I love Georgette Heyer's mysteries. The characters are so funny and the settings are like slipping into a warm bath in winter - warm, familiar and com..Show More »forting. I think Heyer is at her very best in these contemporary stories. She has a light touch and great humour through characterisation and dialogue.
The narrator for all these stories is quite weird. She does a great job of the main characters, and especially Inspector Heminway. She really captures something. But I have so many problems with other aspects of the narration. First, she cannot - I mean really cannot - do accents of any kind other than RP and cockney British. At least one of the secondary characters in each book is voiced as an automaton. Flat, no inflection, no expression. While I guess this does make the voice distinctive, it is often against characterisation. Finally, she mispronounces so many words and phrases it is incredible. It sometimes sounds like she has not read the book in advance. Also, there are points where she pauses at the wrong point in the sentence, thereby losing the grammatical meaning. This is jarring and irritating. I don't think this narrator really does justice to these books, and I'm disappointed that she narrates all of them. However, I can't say the narration ruins the experience for me. Just takes them down a notch from where they should be. I do recommend these mysteries for anyone who enjoys golden age thrillers.