Uncle Gregory died just after consuming a duck dinner. But his relatives didn't mourn, because he was a dreadful old man. Then the coroner's report shows that Uncle Gregory was poisoned, and his relatives begin to eye each other with suspicion. Now Scotland Yard's Inspector Hannasyde must discover "whodunit".Uncle Gregory died just after consuming a duck dinner. But his relatives didn't mourn, because he was a dreadful old man. Then the coroner's report shows that Uncle Gregory was poisoned, and his relatives begin to eye each other with suspicion. Now Scotland Yard's Inspector Hannasyde must discover "whodunit".Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-11-04 Although her contemporaries Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh got more attention, Heyer (1902-1974) also was an important pioneer in the mystery field. When she wasn't writing her more famous historical romances, Heyer turned out several sharp and satirical mysteries such as this one, which in many ways is as bracingly modern as the film Gosford Park in its treatment of life above and below stairs in a posh country house. The excellent British television actor Dickson, probably best known to American audiences for his performance in A&E's The Scarlet Pimpernel, perfectly catches both the edge and depth of Heyer's writing, as he creates dozens of characters who differ subtly in age, sex and-most importantly-class, in this story of a poisoning and its aftermath. Dickson's solid, no-nonsense reading of Inspector Hannasyde, Heyer's quietly impressive sleuth, might make listeners long for a video version somewhere down the road. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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