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Georgette Heyer , Clifford Norgate
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Mar 1994

The sixtieth birthday party of Silas Kane was marred by argument and dissension amongst his family. And then, the morning after the celebrations, Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure.

But then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune, throwing a new and sinister light on Silas Kane's death. All clues point to an elderly lady of eighty as the killer. But as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde delves further into the case he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745142567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745142562
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 16.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,187,884 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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is another great Heyer mystery. Timothy Harte is particularly funny as the irrepressible 'helper' of poor long-suffering Sergeant Hemmingway.

But I wish reviewers wouldn't give half the plot away in their enthusiasm to say how great it was. This isn't a book club where we are all discussing what we thought about the novel. People will be reading these reviews in order to decide whether or not to read the novel for the first time - sorry to state the obvious here. The point of a mystery novel is to discover the surprises for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 15 Oct 2010
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I think this is one of Georgette Heyer's best mysteries. Silas Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff on the day of his sixtieth birthday. Is this an accident or murder? He was involved before his death in a potential business deal which his partners wanted him to agree to. He had reservations about it and it seems as though he his death may be more convenient for some people. This is a convoluted plot with many twists and turns and some memorable characters. The most notable is the schoolboy Timothy Harte who decides to do some investigating himself.

I really liked Timothy and the laid back Superintendent Hannasyde and his sidekick - Sergeant Hemingway who are called in from Scotland Yard to investigate when Silas Kane's nephew and heir Clement is murdered. There are multiple suspects with a multiplicity of motives which means there are plenty of red herrings for the reader to identify. This is traditional mystery which provides entertaining reading. If you haven't read Georgette Heyer's mysteries before this would be a good one to start with. It is well written with many touches of humour and some varied and interesting characters as well as though you will love to hate. Great reading in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In recent years I've come out of the closet as an unashamed Georgette Heyer fan - in my teens I bought all her regency romances, wore them to shreds, and threw them away when I thought it was time to move on to a more respectable read. But in the last decade I've bought and read them all over again, and I can finally appreciate them for the expertly researched, wittily observed and brilliantly polished historical novels that they are.
So after all these years I thought I'd give one of her detective novels a go - I'd left it so long because I always suspected that she only wrote them to ride on the Agatha Christie bandwagon, in the hope of making a few bob. After reading this one (chosen at random, so I suppose it could be the worst of the bunch) it gives me no pleasure to say that I think I was right.
It's the usual 1930s upper middle class country house murder - family gathered for a social occasion, someone gets bumped off, detective gets called in, where were they all at the time, and who will be next? etc - which fans of Poirot and Miss Marple could probably write themselves by now.
Some of Heyer's wit and wicked character assassination is in evidence, and the scene setting and dialogue (apart from the annoying teenager who talks like a 1930s American gangster) are fine. But the plot is hackneyed, the characters are sketchy, there's very little suspense, the revelation of whodunnit at the end is rushed and obvious, and there's a gaping hole at the centre: there's no protagonist, no-one to identify with or care about. Superintendent Hannasyde, who's called in to solve the murders, has no character at all, and I don't think I could pick the very dull young lovers out of a crowd, either.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Silas Kane's 60th birthday went very well - apart from the fact that he fell over a cliff as he took a late-night walk after his party. Was it a tragic accident - or was young Timothy Kane right when he insisted that it was murder? Who wanted him dead? His business partner, or his partner's son, who both resented Silas' refusal to finance a deal with the Australian Mr Roberts? His heir, Clement, who might have been able to hold on to his wife, Rosemary, if he inherited Silas' money?
When Clement is found shot dead, it's definitely murder, and the field is wide open. Rosemary has sent her lover away, having chosen to stay with Silas and his money - but they were both in the grounds when the fatal shot was fired.
When it turns out that the money now passes to Jim, Silas' cousin, there is an attempt on his life - the inheritence is starting to look like a poisoned chalice.
When the Scotland Yard detectives arrive on the scene, Timothy "helps" enthusiastically, with the assistance of Mr Roberts, but is he putting his own life in danger?
In spite of Timothy's spirited attempts to help, the situation does get resolved - and, as you would expect from Georgette Heyer, there is a love interest.
If you haven't read any of Georgette Heyer's detective novels before, this isn't a bad one to start with - and if your only experience of her writing has been her Regency novels, don't be put off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb mystery 26 Aug 2012
By SS
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As a big fan of Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels I think that her mysteries surpass Agatha Christie's levels of brilliance. This is a fantastic light read for a mystery although not in the same style as her Regency novels.

The front cover states that she writes vibrant characters and witty dialogue, and this is so true. Some of the characters are a bit odd and definitely NOT like real people - Timothy being an example as he comes across as quite annoying and precocious, although Ms Heyer may have been striving for this! Hannasyde is at his inscrutable best as usual.

The setting is typical; a large house out in the countryside, and the main cast is a sprawling and higly dysfunctional family. The plot commences with the birthday party of patriarch of the family, soon to be found dead at the bottom of a cliff. An inquest states it's an accidental death but the family are not so sure, although relieved to put it behind them. However then the next heir is murdered with attempts on the one after that.

The crime itself and the reasoning (greed) are clever thought out and I recommend this if you like thinking about what you're reading but don't want to over-tax your brain!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good hour of escapism
If you are looking for a very light, non-demanding read which will not overtax your brain, then this is for you. The perfect antidote to stress. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Westmount
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I really enjoy georgette hayers books and this was no exception. A post war murder mystery set by the sea side
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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 6 months ago by Zarrina
5.0 out of 5 stars Again
I am reading this book yet again. I love Heyer and this is really good so I will be reading it over and over.

I give five stars on merit.
Published 6 months ago by M. Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars a worthy contender to agatha christie
i haven't read a georgette heyer detective story before and this certainly won't be the last.It did not disappoint it was very witty in parts she has a sharp sense of humour
Published 12 months ago by Arnsby Beverley
4.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Period Mystery
Everyone knew old Silas Kane went for a walk on the cliff top each night, and everyone knew about his weak heart. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Paul D
3.0 out of 5 stars They Found Him Dead
Silas Kane is found dead after his 60th birthday party. No foul play assumed but murder follows meaning Inspector Hannasyde has to investigate. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars dectective stories
My favourite books are mysteries,Heyer combines this with a little romance,which makes great reading,combined with her way with words makes this story hard to put down. Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by eileen
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
after the story got moving with all the twists and possible suspects i wasnt sure if i had figured it all out. i definitely wasnt expecting the last surprise. Read more
Published on 19 April 2011 by Lindymck
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