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Murder in the Gunroom

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: H. Beam Piper

Narrated By: Anthony Wilson

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2011

Duration: 6 hours 54 minutes

Summary:

The Lane Fleming collection of early pistols and revolvers was one of the best in the country. When Fleming was found dead on the floor of his locked gunroom, a Confederate-made Colt-type percussion .36 revolver in his hand, the coroner's verdict was "death by accident." But Gladys Fleming had her doubts. Enough at any rate to engage Colonel Jefferson Davis Rand—better known just as Jeff—private detective and a pistol-collector himself, to catalogue, appraise, and negotiate the sale of her late husband's collection. There were a number of people who had wanted the collection. The question was: had anyone wanted it badly enough to kill Fleming? And if so, how had he done it? Here is a mystery, told against the fascinating background of old guns and gun-collecting, which is rapid-fire without being hysterical, exciting without losing its contact with reason, and which introduces a personable and intelligent new private detective. It is a story that will keep your nerves on a hair trigger even if you don't know the difference between a cased pair of Paterson .34's and a Texas .40 with a ramming-lever. (Summary from the text)

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  • William N

    Anything written by H. Beam Piper is going to be a good bet. This is one of the best.

  • Tracy Shires

    Great story! I downloaded this one mainly for my husband to enjoy while we took a road trip. It was fascinating and held our attention. Although you really have to listen closely in order to keep up with all of the different characters and such. Still a great book. The narrators did a good job.

  • Gary Payne

    Classic who done it. Highly technical with respect to historic side arms.

  • Kathy King

    This is a fun (almost) hard-boiled detective story with a couple of surprises. it's also read well.