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Footsteps in the Dark by [Heyer, Georgette]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JKEC6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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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.

Update - review for the audiobook version, read by Ulli Birve. A demonstration of how to trash a good book by choosing the wrong narrator.
1) Choose a non-native who can't "do" the accents required in the story.
2) Make her try really, really hard to grind out an upper class English accent from the 1930's, no matter how excruciatingly stilted the results become.
3) Allow the accents of other minor characters (the vicar for example), to roam wildly across Britain, Ireland and Europe within the same speech.
Results - the light and easily flowing fun and chills in the novel are lost in a woeful performance that is painful to listen to. Try as you might to ignore the way it's being read and get into the story, you just can't do it! The only time that it wasn't awful to listen to was when she forgot what she was doing and lapsed into her own accent, which sounded like New Zealand, or Australia. There are other Heyer mysteries in audio form which are a good listen, but this one takes the prize for the worst read audiobook that I have listened to. 0 stars.
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Format: Paperback
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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I started reading Georgette Heyer books decades ago, and loved her regency romance novels. This is the first I have tried of the murder/mystery (or detective or thriller or whodunnit, call it what you will) genre, and I wasn't disappointed. It was also, in fact, the first of its kind that she wrote, published in 1932.

A family comprising a brother, two sisters, the husband of one, and an aunt, all move into the Priory, an ancient building inherited by the siblings. There they come up against all sorts of odd goings-on, which the locals blamed on the Monk, a ghostly figure said to haunt the Priory. There are many suspicious characters to ponder, including a mad, French artist, an elderly neighbour who thinks nothing of invading the property of others in the middle of the night to catch moths, and a particularly suspect young man by the name of Strange who regularly trespasses and tries to persuade them to leave. There were a couple of references to Mr Strange and his odd companion, which I found mildly amusing.

The young women were frightened by some of the events, but their menfolk and aunt were made of sterner stuff and were determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. The men armed themselves with revolvers, which appears to have been perfectly acceptable in those days, and gradually work their way through the mystery, finding priest-holes, hidden stairways, a cellar with a large stone entrance and, naturally, a skeleton along the way. All great fun, and highly recommended.

There was even a little romance. Two of the characters are attracted to each other in a polite, distant sort of way, and eventually the man takes the woman in his arms and kisses her.
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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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