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An understated classic Heyer,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Quiet Gentleman (Paperback)
I have been a fan of Georgette Heyer ever since I read Arabella at the age of thirteen. I have read all of her books and they have yet to disappoint - The Quiet Gentleman is certainly no exception.
This novel is perhap not as dazzling as the wonderful Regency Buck for example, nor does it have the swashbuckling antics of The Masqueraders. However, the plot is sound, the characters sympathetic and Heyer creates one of her funniest and most dreadful matriarchs in Gervase's "wicked stepmother". This novel moves with a good deal of quiet enjoyment taking pleasure in the little absurdities of everyday life. There is a subplot of mystery and murder, yet this is exited as unobtrusively as it is introduced.
In Drusilla Morville we again meet a heroine who is neither dazzling or beautiful, but sensible, practical and intelligent. My only quibble in an otherwise wonderful book, is that the understanding between Gervase and Miss Morville does seem to spring up from nowhere. However despite this, the novel rolls along supported by a fine cast of incidental characters and the denouement is as satisfying as any Heyer novel, romance intermingling as ever with gentle comedy.