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The Unfinished Clue

Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great Mystery Stories But need better Reader

I have an Older copy of " Behold here's Poison " read by Hugh Dickson which is Fabulous so such a shame the reader is not up to such standard … These are great mystery books of Georgette Heyer and so glad at last to see them in Audible but have to get a better reader!!!…. I know she is trying to do a good job but lacks the variation in the different characters especially the men's voices …all seem too much the same and also a bit too slow and stilted in reading …

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  • Daddy Shawn
  • 18-12-2015

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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  • Kathi
  • 05-01-2016

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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  • Leah Witte
  • 29-11-2017

SLOW narration

the story was cute with a. really unbelievable ending, but OMG anyone else would have finished the story in under 7 hours. this narrator had a relatively pleasing voice but she read incredibly slowly.

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  • S. Richardson
  • 10-04-2015

A good listen to a comfortable story

This is an old-fashioned whodunit. The characters are as known to the listener as one's own parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable listen. Expertly narrated with quite well defined voices for each character. Perfect to recommend to your aging parents or grandparents. No sex, bad words, or other distasteful things.

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  • Newme
  • 04-06-2016

Great story, great narration

Mystery was easy to suss out but pleasant all the same. Amusing dialogue and great personalities. And I disagree with other reviewers -- I loved Ulli Birve! She has a wonderful sense of characterization.

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  • Calliope
  • 11-03-2018

great story, with bad narration

This Georgette Heyer novel was a great mystery, in the tradition of the Golden Days of Detective Fiction (along with other classic novelists like Agatha Christie). Unfortunately the narrator was not great......while in some ways she allowed me to create great visuals in my brain for each character with her performance, in other ways her narration made listening very difficult. She seemed to hyper-enunciate every word, making things stilted and slow.

I think my next Georgette Heyer mystery will be in print.

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  • KM Huber
  • 23-01-2018

Witty and Very English Mystery

This is a comfortable story with some fine exchanges of with. I only wish there were more but even so this is a fun read. I concentrated on the characters rather than discovering the murderer and I was not disappointed. This is a fun read.

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  • same
  • 18-01-2016

wonderful!

love ms heyer since the 1960's when I read my first. great audio recording talent






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  • Constance Jenkins
  • 13-02-2018

Good classic mystery

Heyer isn't quite in the same league as Christie and Sayers, but she does write well plotted, clever mysteries that are still worth the read. Her characters are a bit over the top here, but still interesting and witty and worth getting to know.

The mystery itself is neither too obscure nor too simplistic. I figured out a key part, but not the actual killer until right at the end (about the same time her detective did). As a long time mystery reader, that is always a plus for me.

The romance (and Heyer cannot resist tossing in a little romance) is silly, but unobtrusive to the story.

I think the narrator does a fine job. She isn't perfection, but I was never dropped out of the story and never had problems knowing who was speaking, so I was happy with it.

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  • CONNIE
  • 11-04-2015

Enjoying

Enjoying books by Georgette Heyer. Ulli Birve performance brings her characters to life . Great job

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  • LuLu
  • 05-02-2017

Fab book, TERRIBLE narration!

Georgette Heyer is wonderful as usual - hands down one of my favourite authors but oh my goodness Ulli Birve is an AWFUL narrator! She reads in five words. At any one time with. No regard for the flow. Of the sentence. Which makes for an incredibly difficult listen, however if you can get past that and have the time to rearrange the words in your head to make sense of them, you can just about follow the story. I'm sure she's a wonderful person but I suspect she is pretty hard to speak to! Sadly this has resulted in an overall three star review, which is only brought up that high by the incomparable writing of GH. Please please please re-record GH's detective novels, they are so let down by the narration.

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  • Janey
  • 19-09-2016

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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  • Hannah May
  • 01-06-2018

Enjoyable mystery ruined by strained narration.

I enjoy Georgette Hayer so I staggered to the end of this one but I really wish you could get this series with another narrator. Apart from a stilled reading style she frequently mispronounces words in way that throws me right out of the book.

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  • Anna C.
  • 11-10-2018

Story is amazing, but the reading needs to be improved

The story is both enrapturing and challenging. We have all of the classical Christie-like elements in this thriller: interesting characters, their interactions,the mystery and the society description. The reading needs improvement though. It's very hard to get into the story cause one has trouble concentrating on the monotonous monologue. It gets better though, but then slips back into flatness again and again. It's really sad and I'd wish that there will be more emphasis on the quality of the reading in future productions.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 11-01-2020

Great book

Georgette Heyer's murder mystery books are excellent. The plots are involved, the characterisations are fabulous and they take you right back to the time when the murder occurred. I love it.

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  • Janey Adams
  • 16-05-2019

A good read

I like Georgette Heyer's novels and I have read the book. I am afraid I did not enjoy the Audio Book because of the narration. I found the reading very irritating, the English accent was stilted and some of the words were pronounced badly. It became annoying and spoilt my enjoyment of the story.

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  • Mrs S
  • 02-12-2014

good story well done

What did you like most about The Unfinished Clue?

the house party whodunit setting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dinah - so feisty a very "Modern Girl" in an old fashioned setting

What about Ulli Birvé’s performance did you like?

Unlike Death in the Stocks which I disliked Ulli really gets to grips with this one and it flowed along nicely - most enjoyable

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no particular "moment" I just enjoyed the way the story came together

Any additional comments?

No

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