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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009947638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099476382
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,729 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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"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)

"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)

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)

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A peerless collection of romantic tales from one of our best-known and beloved historical novelists.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on 24 Nov. 2005
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When I first got hold of this book I was surprised to find that it was a book of short stories, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it. How wrong I was!
The book was first published in 1960 so it’s one of Heyer’s later books, and that shows in the range of characters and ages that she portrays in these short stories. Each story works brilliantly on its own as a story – although short, they never feel rushed or incomplete. The range of characters is as broad as ever, including some young heroines and one who is in her thirties. Her heroes tend to be the usual ones – dashing, handsome, rich gentlemen who are excellent horsemen. And yet there are a couple of stories in there which seem a little more unusual – my particular favourite is Hazard where Lord Carlington wins his friend’s half-sister during a night of gaming and finds himself with her in an Inn the following morning, having just inserted the notice of his engagement to another woman in the papers. Of course things work out well (they always do in Heyer’s books, which is what I like so much about them) but it’s how these resolutions are brought about that make these stories such fun.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2009
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I first read this book about 35 years ago and found when I re-read it recently that I could still remember some of the stories. I loved the characters, the witty dialogue and the way the problem is resolved in just a few pages. My particular favourites are `Pink Domino' and a `A Husband for Fanny', though all the stories are lovely to read. They have the same flavour as most of Heyer's full length novels, especially those set in the Regency period.

If you are not sure about reading Georgette Heyer then start with this collection since each story can be read in about 20 minutes. If you like them, try her novels. These stories have the real feel good factor - like curling up with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of wine on a cold winter's day. Bliss!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Black on 26 Sept. 2012
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I was initially disappointed that 'Pistols for Two' was not another full length novel but a collection of short stories. This was not made clear when puchasing.
At first I found each story unsatisfactory as the plots seemed flimsy and the characters undeveloped .However it is possible to see where these themes have been later developed into full novels. In fact it was fun to spot where characters in the short stories reappear under different guises in the novels. So an interesting addition to my G. Heyer collection.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2001
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This book from Georgette Heyer has 11 short stories covering her usual styles from funny to romantic. They leave you laughing one minute and anxious the next. Pistols for Two is ideal when you have only a short time to spare, such as waiting for an appointment or on the train going home, the stories can be read fairly quickly. The only problem I found with some of the stories is that the characters lack depth and plots were a bit thin, but considering the length of each story that is the price that has to be paid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on 1 Oct. 2008
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When I first got hold of this book I was surprised to find that it was a book of short stories, and I wasn't sure if I would like it. How wrong I was!

The book was first published in 1960 so it's one of Heyer's later books, and that shows in the range of characters and ages that she portrays in these short stories. Each story works brilliantly on its own as a story - although short, they never feel rushed or incomplete. The range of characters is as broad as ever, including some young heroines and one who is in her thirties. Her heroes tend to be the usual ones - dashing, handsome, rich gentlemen who are excellent horsemen. And yet there are a couple of stories in there which seem a little more unusual - my particular favourite is Hazard where Lord Carlington wins his friend's half-sister during a night of gaming and finds himself with her in an Inn the following morning, having just inserted the notice of his engagement to another woman in the papers. Of course things work out well (they always do in Heyer's books, which is what I like so much about them) but it's how these resolutions are brought about that make these stories such fun.
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When I first got hold of this book I was surprised to find that it was a book of short stories, and I wasn't sure if I would like it. How wrong I was!

The book was first published in 1960 so it's one of Heyer's later books, and that shows in the range of characters and ages that she portrays in these short stories. Each story works brilliantly on its own as a story - although short, they never feel rushed or incomplete. The range of characters is as broad as ever, including some young heroines and one who is in her thirties. Her heroes tend to be the usual ones - dashing, handsome, rich gentlemen who are excellent horsemen. And yet there are a couple of stories in there which seem a little more unusual - my particular favourite is Hazard where Lord Carlington wins his friend's half-sister during a night of gaming and finds himself with her in an Inn the following morning, having just inserted the notice of his engagement to another woman in the papers. Of course things work out well (they always do in Heyer's books, which is what I like so much about them) but it's how these resolutions are brought about that make these stories such fun.
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