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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099493756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099493754
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Praise for Georgette Heyer's mystery novels:"

"'We had better start ranking Heyer alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey and Allingham'" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"'Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended'" (New York Times)

"'Sharp, clear and witty'" (The New Yorker)

"'Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me ... I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word "Go"'" (Dorothy L. Sayers)

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Georgette Heyer's brilliant and highly acclaimed series of detective novels, now in a handsome new package


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
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A bridge party results in the death of Dan Seaton-Carew who turns out to have been an extremely unpleasant character. It will be fairly obvious to the modern reader that the victim was involved in the drugs trade though it would not have been as obvious to a reader in the 1950s. Mrs Haddington - in whose house the murder is committed - is nasty to her staff and her friends alike. Her daughter Cynthia is a silly empty headed socialite who her mother is trying to marry off to the highest bidder to secure her own place in society.

Chief Inspector Hemingway is soon on the case though the more he digs the more suspects he finds and the more unpleasant the main characters appear to be. This is a well plotted story with some interesting - though not terribly likeable - characters. There are plenty of red herrings scattered about and plenty of clues though I have to admit I didn't work out who the first murderer was until very close to the end of the story.

I think the book needs to be read in the context in which it was written rather than immediately being condemned as dated and irrelevant. Life was different in the mid 1950s. I enjoyed it and found it worth reading.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hacklehorn on 23 Sept. 2003
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A better detective story than others by this author we have read. Inspector Hemingway does a good job of discovering the persons who strangled a blackmailer / drug-dealer and his mistress. The identity of the first murderer comes as a distinct surprise, although the alert reader will latch onto the second murderer as soon as the Marriages and Legitimacy Act is mentioned. Several good red herrings, a nice use of the drug trade, and plenty of wit and amusing characters (Insp. Grant, Cynthia Haddington, Lord Guisborough) make this a memorable tale.
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A complex plot for a short novel, involving a huge number of characters and two rather unpleasant murders.

Of course, Georgette Heyer is excellent at characterisation, but the sheer volume of people meant that several of them simply weren’t memorable. So when the mystery was solved, it didn’t feel very satisfying.

Not bad for a light read – perhaps three and a half stars would be a fairer rating – but nowhere near the standard of this author’s other novels.
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By Westmount on 5 May 2014
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Plenty of entertainment and intrigue. Managed to keep me guessing until near the end.

Some references to an earlier investigation years before by the detective Hemmingway sent me off to buy 'They found him dead' which features the two stepbrothers, Timothy Harte and James Kane at an earlier stage in their lives.
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By Zarrina on 20 Feb. 2014
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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.
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By M. Lovett on 26 Jan. 2014
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I love this author. This book is brilliant and I can't ever guess who "did it" before the end.

5 stars isn't really enough.

Anyone who wants to read, get this
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By g.grape on 20 July 2013
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I love Georgette Heyer-have all her regency books and all eleven detective novels. This is brilliant-her style of writing of the era is second to none and the humour is great!!
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