Footsteps in the Dark Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Dark secrets, an unexplained death and an old country house lie at the heart of Georgette Heyer's classic murder mystery.
The Priory may look ramshackle in appearance, but Peter, Margaret and Celia are totally charmed by their newly inherited country house.
But there's more to The Priory than meets the eye.
Left empty for years, hardly a single person has set foot inside, and down in the village, the locals whisper of a ghostly figure that roams the halls....
When a murder is committed, the new owners start to fear the rumours are true - but is their new home really haunted, or is someone trying to scare them away?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 8 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||30 September 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 23,173 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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A family comprising a brother, two sisters, the husband of one, and an aunt, all move into the Priory, an ancient building inherited by the siblings. There they come up against all sorts of odd goings-on, which the locals blamed on the Monk, a ghostly figure said to haunt the Priory. There are many suspicious characters to ponder, including a mad, French artist, an elderly neighbour who thinks nothing of invading the property of others in the middle of the night to catch moths, and a particularly suspect young man by the name of Strange who regularly trespasses and tries to persuade them to leave. There were a couple of references to Mr Strange and his odd companion, which I found mildly amusing.
The young women were frightened by some of the events, but their menfolk and aunt were made of sterner stuff and were determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. The men armed themselves with revolvers, which appears to have been perfectly acceptable in those days, and gradually work their way through the mystery, finding priest-holes, hidden stairways, a cellar with a large stone entrance and, naturally, a skeleton along the way. All great fun, and highly recommended.
There was even a little romance. Two of the characters are attracted to each other in a polite, distant sort of way, and eventually the man takes the woman in his arms and kisses her. When they are interrupted (which is immediately), the young woman confidently announces that they are engaged to be married. Aw! Was life so simple back then? "I love everything that is old," famously said Oliver Goldsmith. "Old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine." I have to agree.
Not a bad plot but the writing had all the depth of the Famous Five out of Scooby Doo, and the main characters were all thoroughly unpleasant in their attitude to the local "yokels".
I persisted to the end, because I'm a big Heyer fan, mostly for her Georgian/Regency novels but I've enjoyed her other detective novels, and "Duplicate Death" is one of my all time favourite crime novels.
Not this one, sadly. I see from google that it was her first mystery novel and, happily, her technique improved. If this had been the first of her books I'd read, I'd never have read another.
The ladies spend their time playing tennis and bridge, and the gentlemen investigate by trapesing round the estate and village, and downing halves in the local hostelry .
It is a good novel to read for its vintage nostalgia value but it's not very exciting. Thank goodness GH improved!