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Georgette Heyer
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4 Jan 2007

The Priory may be ramshackled in appearance, but Peter, Margaret and Celia, who have inherited it from their uncle, love it for its rambling charm. But there's more to this house than is at first apparent: for years hardly a single person has set foot in the place, and even their uncle chose to live in a different house, far away from this particular property.

Local wisdom says that the house is haunted. And when things start going bump in the night, it certainly seems as if something ghostly is walking the Priory's halls. Then a murder is committed. Does the key to solving the crime lie in the realm of the supernatural? Or is the explanation much more down to earth?

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099493691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099493693
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,368 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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"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)

"The wittiest of detective writers" (Daily Mail)

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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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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
One of the best crime novels I have read and the finest of Georgetter Heyer's crime novels. Set in a sleepy village in the English countryside, everything is not as it seems. Ruins, ghosts and inadequate but likeable local police all come to the fore in this gripping tale. Emminently readable and superbly written, this book will have you peering over your shoulder in to the shadows. One of the best stories Mrs Heyer ever concocted, and of course written in her own inimitable style, with plenty of wit and dry humour. Once you start, you will have difficulty in putting it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Aug 2008
I have just finished reading this book and have only just come back to Georgette Heyer's novels, having not read them since I was a very young woman. I really liked this good, wholesome, old-fashioned detective story. For the duration of the story I felt as if I was living alongside the characters who had inherited an old country house and was helping them to solve the deepening mystery of the 'haunting monk'. If you like detective novels set in the early 1900's this one will not disappoint you. I wouldn't say this novel is spellbound and I did predict who the villian was before the end of the book but it does take you back in time and is a very pleasant read indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spine-tingling enjoyment 29 Jan 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Four young people have inherited a large old house just outside an English country village. Previous owners have not stayed in the house for long; and locals refuse to enter the grounds at night. There is even talk of a ghostly monk who haunts the grounds - classic stuff! Naturally, the new owners dismiss the stories as superstition at first. But then the spooky happenings begin, and they are at first annoyed, and then unnerved, as seriously scary stuff starts to happen. This is a most enjoyable read, which sent a huge shiver down my spine a couple of times. It does have the requisite murder, but this is only a small part of the mystery. The novel was written in the early 1930's, so don't expect any racy stuff - I think it is all the more charming for this though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Footsteps in the Dark 5 April 2013
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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. It's a shame she didn't write more bookes in this genre but concentrated on historical romances of which I have read every single one. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Footsteps in the Dark 1 Mar 2009
By tet77
This story is typical of Georgette Heyer. Immaculate manners, a little mystery and lots of humour. Guessing who the "ghost" is ,is lots of fun and keeps you reading until your guesswork is confirmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Footsteps in the Dark 26 April 2014
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This book was purchased in order to complete my collection of Georgette Heyer's writings. I have still to read it but I am happy with the seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 2 Mar 2014
By Raine
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I can read this book again and again. The characters are well written and the story is entertaining and amusing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Heyer as usual 31 Dec 2013
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This is a typical Heyer whodunnit with a romance sideline. Don't expect anything modern here or anything unexpected. Just a good old fashioned read
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5.0 out of 5 stars And the layout / font is part of the enjoyment. Big enough & aesthetic
Delightful read. And the layout / font is part of the enjoyment. Big enough & aesthetic.
Published 5 days ago by dryas quercus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I've read it before but enjoyed it more this time. I always enjoy Georgette Heyer books.
Published 11 days ago by S. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
prefer her historical novels
Published 20 days ago by Catherine Hope2 Somerset square springwell sunderland tyne and wear.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Chill
More in the Dorothy L Sayers and Boys' Own Adventure style than Agatha Christie, this thrill is very much of its time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. J. Saxton
2.0 out of 5 stars Edit, Edit, Edit
If this had been the first book I had read by Georgette Heyer I would never have read another.
Do not be put off reading her other books by this book as I do not think it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by I
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
This was one of Heyer's earliest detective stories and with its haunted house motif with secret passages it's all a bit far-fetched. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. A. J. Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Yip It was great
I really enjoyed this, it is exactly what I expect from Georgette Heyer. A well structured narrative with a good grasp of tension and a view of what appeals to the emotion of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was one of Heyer's books I had not read, and it was a really exciting experience without too much blood and horror
Published 16 months ago by S. A. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars heyer fan
I thought this story was a bit too far fetched regarding the people concerned and the happenings in the story
Published 16 months ago by anne1946
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