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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099490951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099490951
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

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"Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone" (Diane Pearson)

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A dashing novel of intrigue and Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Trigg on 7 Mar. 2007
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This is an exciting story, with suspense mounting slowly as the story unfolds. At times the sense of how trapped Kate had become was scary enough to make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I thought she was an appealing heroine for most of the time. But I did find her determination not to believe the worst, despite all the evidence, rather irritating after a while. It isn't one of Heyer's best, but I liked it enough to read it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lindymck on 2 Mar. 2008
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a darker tale than usual. althought there is the usual girl meets boy, they fall in love etc which is very endearing, the more interesting part of the story is the cousin tourqil stangeness and aunt minerva's apparent kindness. wont spoil the story but it is very obvious at the begininng what is going on but as the story unfolds, the secrets are revealed.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Fiona E. Middlemist on 21 Mar. 2001
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Cousin Kate is a more serious Heyer heroine, and this is a more serious story, with Gothic overtones which are, however, more believable that the true Gothick Romance of Mrs Ratcliffe and the like because the tale is told so calmly. Yes, there is madness, sudden death and wicked plots. But a charming, independently minded heroine and a strong, sensible and reasonably handsome hero win through. This may be less fun than some, but I would highly recommend it - and for more than one reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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I love Georgette Heyer generally but this book became a chore to read. It starts off well with Kate as one of Heyer's attractive and energetic heroines: alone in the world, she accepts an invitation from a long-lost aunt - but things soon take a sinister turn at Staplewood.

This uses a Pride & Prejudice narrative in miniature to shape the relationship between Kate and the hero, and mixes it up with Jane Eyre and other gothic novels. But the sparkle of Heyer's best novels is missing and Kate starts to become irritating as she persists in believing that nothing is wrong at Staplewood and that her aunt and cousin are behaving perfectly normally no matter how much she uncovers, or how many people tell her otherwise.

So if you haven't read Heyer before this really isn't the place to start - this displays some of the elegant writing that we have come to expect, but the plotting is a little haphazard and the romantic chemistry is severely limited. Heyer can write far better than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esta on 22 May 2009
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This is quite a different book by Georgette Heyer. Liked it very much though slightly uncomfortable at times. There is still the usual romance there but not where Minerva wants it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Oct. 2008
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I am currently working my way through Georgette Heyer's novels and this was one of the last that I got to. It's less popular (so less available in libraries) but I cannot really account for this.

Cousin Kate is a great story. It bears some similarities to other Heyer books (particularly The Quiet Gentleman) in the plot of an evil scheming relative - in this case, a mad one. The romance with Philip Broome is gently and believably done, and as always the period detail is excellent.

Heyer is very good at painting different characters with their foibles and idiosyncrasies. As in many other books, the servants seem to have a slavish devotion to their masters - this is the only part of the books that doesn't ring true to me, but perhaps this is what things were like then.

I recommend this book as a good gentle read, with dark overtones.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2004
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Cousin Kate is a charming book about a young woman who is saved from the drudgery of employment by an Aunt she has never met.
She is swept of to the luxury of Staplewood a beautiful estate owned by Sir Timothy.
Kate soon finds out that she is living in a divided house and the behaviour of some of her family leave her asking questions.
This is a book to be read time and time again, it is my personal favourite Georgette Heyer book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Langley on 12 Nov. 2014
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To my mind, the ultimate story teller is Georgette Heyer, every book becomes a good friend, she makes me laugh out loud as her sense of the ridiculous is so infectious, and makes me love her wonderful people, over the years I have read nearly all her books twice and now with Amazon E books I can start all over again.
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