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The Unfinished Clue Hardcover – Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Limited (Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891906487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891906483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,213,267 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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'Heyer is an author to read – this means you!' (The New York Herald Tribune)

'The wittiest of detective writers.' (The Daily Mail)

'Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.' (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gentle Reader on 13 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
While I am a great fan of GH's Regency novels, I am not so keen on her detective stories. The Unfinished Clue is the fifth I have read (the previous four being Envious Casca, A Blunt Instrument, Detection Unlimited and Why Shoot a Butler?) and it is by far my favourite. I love its house-party setting and found the characters interesting.

The story starts with two sisters: common-sense singleton Dinah who is a guest of her unhappily married and put-upon sister Fay. (Echoes of a less-touchy Serena and Fanny from Bath Tangle I thought.) Fay's husband, Arthur, is a tyrant and not particularly popular with his guests who include: his impecunious nephew, Fay's admirer, a couple they met on holiday and Arthur's son and his cabaret-dancing fiancee, Lola. Other characters appear in the form of dinner guests and servants. In due course someone is murdered and Inspector Harding (who is slightly reminiscent of GH's Regency heroes) investigates.

It is these characters and relationships which make the story so enjoyable, along with the intrigue of working out who did it. Not for me gritty reality or tense atmospheres. I like my detective novels to be escapist, with as little violence as possible. This is written with a light touch, and I almost cried with laughter at some of Lola's comments. I didn't get as engrossed as I had with GH's Regency novels, such as Cotillion or Venetia, nor did it race along like The Grand Sophy, but it was an enjoyable clean read, with some fun and intrigue.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sonya on 15 April 2002
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The gruesome death of the tyrannical Sir Arthur sends shockwaves through the motley crew of guests assembled for a weekend house party. As near cabin-fever sets in, Scotland Yard arrive to ferret out the truth. Heyer writes with her usual deft touch, with a comic gallery of secondary characters, notably the volatile Geoffrey's unsuitable Latin fiancee Lola. The plot thickens and reveals itself with a flourish and the central romance is a nicely managed "matter-of-fact" affair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Downs on 23 Jan. 2014
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Georgette Heyer writes well, and her characters and dialogue make much better reading than anything Agatha Christie produced. I am of an age (approaching 80) to appreciate what younger readers may well find dated by today's standards, but there WAS life before World War II!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Trigg on 8 Mar. 2007
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As in many murder mysteries, an ill-assorted bunch of people are gathered at a country house. However, Georgette Heyer's talent for writing charming and often eccentric minor characters raises her work above the rest. One of the best is Lola, a triumphantly egotistical Latin lovely who dances for a living, and has rather improbably become engaged to Sir Arthur Billington-Smith's wimpy son. Sir Arthur is an awful pompous old bully, whose word is law. His pretty young sister-in-law is unimpressed however - she positively enjoys prodding him with a stick (metaphorically), and watching the explosive results. I didn't guess whodunnit until just before the end. An entertaining read, recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 13 May 2014
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A typical murder mystery, rather in the style of Agatha Christie, but with much better characterisation. Murder happens at a weekend house party… the police are baffled, so the charming Inspector Harding from Scotland Yard is called in.

Cleverly written, leaving me guessing until the end. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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 L. English on 28 Feb. 2013
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I have always loved Georgette Heyer; my love of books started with her historical novels and went on from there. Her murder mysteries are wonderful, in the main because of the humour Ms Heyer injects into her stories. There is always a nice twist at the end and depicts the period between the wars extremely well. It's my favourate light reading and in my opinion she is up there with the other Queens of Crime, Christie, Marsh, Allingham, etc.
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By Wab Carlin on 22 Oct. 2013
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To be fair, if you like a light, well-constructed plot, a bit of satiric observation, a statutory romance and a picture of upper middle class life between the wars (the formalities! The servants!) this is one to go for. Amusing and uninvolving.
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