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A Blunt Instrument: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Mar 1989


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Mar 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745160069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745160061
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,167,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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Georgette Heyer's brilliant and highly acclaimed series of detective novels, now in a handsome new package

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Georgette Heyer's brilliant and highly acclaimed series of detective novels, now in a handsome new package --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2000
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This was my first Georgette Heyer mystery, having being introduced by an avid fan of them. I was endlessly entertained by this book, both by the unpredictable ending and the very funny characters - I think Neville would have to take the prize there! A great mystery read, a satisfying fusion of wit and who-dunnit, even if you're not a usual mystery fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2002
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It was not surprising that Ernest Fletcher was murdered - he really was not a very nice man!
Why had Helen North been in Ernest's study on the night of his death? Why did she hide behind a tree when another visitor arrived - and who was he? Helen's sister, Sally, was determined to solve the mystery - aided and abetted by Ernest's heir, Neville. The police were delighted to have Sally's help - especially as she turned out to be a detective story writer.
The London detectives were also helped or hindered by PC Glass, who had an irritating habit of quoting the bible at every opportunity. The case was not an easy one, and when one of their prime suspects was found murdered, it became even more complicated.
The solution of the mystery was ingenious, but if you look hard enough, you will find enough clues in the book to help you find the murderer before the police do!
This was probably my least favourite of the Georgette Heyer detective novels, mainly because the intensely irritating habit of PC Glass of quoting the bible jarred very quickly!
However, it is well crafted, and there is the usual love interest, and once you have become hooked on Heyer's detective novels, you will want to read them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov 2010
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This is another case for Superintendent Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemingway to solve. A man is bludgeoned to death in his study. There are plenty of possible suspects including the corpse's own nephew who is in need of money and the couple next door - Mr and Mrs John North - who may or may not have been more closely involved with the dead man than they're prepared to admit to. No one can find the `blunt instrument' of the title and there doesn't seem to be any time unaccounted for when the murder could have taken place.

Plagued by a Bible quoting PC and a constantly fluctuating collection of motives and suspects who keep changing their stories, Hannasyde and Hemingway are soon tearing their hair out. An apparently straightforward case becomes more impossible by the minute.

I have now read all Georgette Heyer's mystery novels and they're all well worth reading - carefully plotted with fascinating characters and backgrounds. They can hold their own with the best of the Golden Age detective story writers. If you enjoy Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Gladys Mitchell then you will enjoy Georgette Heyer as well.
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By Ruth J on 28 May 2014
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Great stuff - characters, motivation are carefully delineated and post WWI society - an old favourite and well worth a read
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By Westmount on 3 April 2014
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Terribly obvious solution from the off which meant that the reader has to put up with the endless deliberations of the detectives while the solution is staring us in the face all along. The characterization is also poor and the inevitable love story is shallow and completely unbelieveable, involving one-dimensional cardboard characters.

The best thing that can be said for it is that since there is no point in trying to 'suspend disbelief' it is a completely unstressful read! That's why I have given 3 stars as opposed to just 2.

This one has to be one of her very earliest attempts at any form of novel - whodunnit or otherwise.
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Georgette Heyer write a good detective story and there is a nice twist to this one, although seasoned crime story readers may well see it it coming.
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By Zarrina on 20 Feb 2014
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Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
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By waspish on 17 Feb 2014
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Don't read this for deep insights or psychological truth. It's jolly entertaining though and it won't take up too much of your time.
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