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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
[I]t makes for a deliciously voyeuristic reading experience. (Word Candy 2009-03-30)
The way the whole book is written just gave me this feeling of unadulterated pleasure and I am positive that when I wasn't laughing I had a grin on my face all the while reading. (Lilianna Swistek Reading Extravaganza 2009-05-01)
The ending was quite unexpected and that's what made The Unfinished Clue all the more delicious. This delightful book is, in my humble opinion, a perfect remedy for a gloomy mood and a thing to enjoy on a summer day at the beach... (Liliana Swistek)
[A]n entertaining little murder mystery with a "Clue" sort of vibe to it. (Amy Bruno Passages to the Past 2009-05-19)