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Georgette Heyer
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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If you only know Georgette Heyer for her historical novels, you are in for a treat. She also wrote some classy, witty detective novels.
A tennis party in an English village on a hot summer's afternoon is followed by the discovery of the body of a local solicitor.
Everybody in the village seems keen to help solve the mystery. Could the murderer have been the dead man's niece, who looked after his house? Was she as innocent and saintly as she appeared? Perhaps it was the other local solicitor, who resented the fact that the deceased had taken many of his clients.
The couple at the farm had a guilty secret - what was it? And why was one of the villagers apparently determined to become the principal suspect?
Add to this the fact that the dead man seemed to have gone in for a spot of blackmail, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class thriller - with some love interest thrown in for good measure!
Heyer's characters are endearing, and she provides them with witty dialogue. You'll meet the detectives from this book in some of her other detective novels, too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I enjoy many different writers of detective fiction, but Heyer is the one that I always read more than once. With other writers such as Christie it's all about the mystery, and nothing wrong with that. With Georgette Heyer, the mystery is usually good enough to keep you guessing, but it is her charming, funny characters that are the real joy. This is particularly true with 'Detection Unlimited', which is set in a small English country village in the 1950's. You have the village bobby on his bicycle, wilting in the heat; the old-school squire and his lady; the country solicitor; the redoubtable maiden aunt; the absented-minded vicar, and many more. A real joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable murder mystery - a real gem 18 Aug 2008
By Panda
I have never read any of Georgette Heyers historical novels but picked up this murder mystery due to the great cover. It is an enjoyable 1930's murder mystery set against village life complete with tennis parties, not so humble servants and an unconventional detective. It is character driven, frothy light and well written - If you enjoy Agatha Christie with a touch more humour then this is an enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the village 31 Oct 2010
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A tennis party is followed by a murder and it seems as though everyone at the tennis party has some sort of motive for committing the murder. The corpse is the singularly unlikeable Samson Warrenby and the only person who seems upset by his death is his niece Mavis. There are many secrets to be revealed by the amusing and observant Chief Inspector Hemingway before the murderer is finally caught and unmasked.

As ever the characters are well drawn, the dialogue believable and the plot sufficiently complex to keep the reader guessing until fairly close to the end of the story. First published in the 1950s the book reveals a world and attitudes which have all but disappeared more than fifty years later. I recommend this author's mystery novels to anyone who likes to pit their wits against the author and try and work out who did it before the police discover the villain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 17 April 2012
By Brian
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Excellent service. This was a book my wife wanted to complete her collection of Georgette Heyer books. Having found it on Amazon, I ordered it as a surprise for her. The book arrived earlier than expected, was protectively packaged and in tip-top condition. My wife was delighted with it. The price was very competitive, good value for money. I would definitely use this supplier again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars local lawyer found dead 6 Feb 2012
in his garden. he was not the most liked person in the village and there are 10 viable suspects. great murder mystery as secrets are revealed as the police investigate the murder. i cheated and read the end, but was still great to read as the culprit isnt revealed until the last minute. this is the last of the 12 crimes novels she wrote
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic detectve novels 14 May 2009
If you like classic detective fiction in the style of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, you will like this!
It is well-written. The characters, (all period "types") fulfil their allotted roles. It is the detectives who are the most "real" characters in her books- but this in no way diminishes the pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing read 6 April 2014
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This may not be the best of Heyer's detective novels, but it moves along at a good pace, is amusingly and well written, and makes easy reading. The characters and plotting will not be unfamiliar to followers of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer
Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
Published 4 months ago by Zarrina
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read
This story has all the traditional elements of Cludo: the village with its clearly-defined social classes, the local squire, the nouveau riche family in the big house, and the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Westmount
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer Fan
I am a long time fan of Georgette Heyer both he historical novels and her detective so this was well up to her usual standard, I would recommend all her novels without exception
Published 5 months ago by Lynn reader
3.0 out of 5 stars detection unlimited
An enjoyable read - romance, and red herrings before the culprit is uncovered. It's a typical Georgette Heyer with a satisfactory ending
Published 8 months ago by Mrs J Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read, as usual.
Anyone who enjoys a whodunit with superb characterisation and realistic plot should love this beautifully written period piece.
Wonderful stuff.
Published 10 months ago by Bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars not gripping at all,
broke with my own judgement on this one, never a georgette heyer fan, but thought a detective story might be different, especially as i have run out of agatha christies now, but... Read more
Published 10 months ago by currer bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints.
Read nearly all of Miss Heyer's books and she never disappoints. They can easily be read time and time again.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Margaret A Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Detection Unlimited
I personally love Georgette Heyer and in particular the humour in her stories. An excellent light read and in particular for those who like murder mysteries. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. English
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