Pistols For Two Unknown Binding – 1960
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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.
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!
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.
Heyer created the historical romance genre single handedly, and remains the first as well as the absolute best in this now hugely growing field. You can see her influence in all books of this type, and for language and descriptions appropriate for the era, she is the beast as they were gleaned from years of painstaking research from letters and books of the time. Her forays into other eras than Regency were also researched well, plus her book about the Battle of Waterloo is considered a quality piece of historical research, tinged with characters for her novel.
This particular book is a set of short stories, and I love them. Frankly, Heyers' writing success is hinged on ceasing a description at the last moment to allow our imaginations to take over, plus the way she writes her characters inner thoughts without speech marks, making her whole paragraphs so very subtle. I really recommend all of her books, most particularly this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only short story Regency set of Georgette Heyer's of which I am aware, this is just as joyous as any of her full-length books.Published 3 months ago by Gaye Sissons
I love Georgette Heyer both her romantic and crime novels. They are very well written and the history romances are quite funny at times. Love themPublished 12 months ago by Judith Gentry
Short stories, written to the usual,very high,Georgette Heyer standard, very enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by Fiona Riley
I am a great Heyer fan but had not read this collection of short stories for years. Every story is a very good read in its own right.Published 16 months ago by Chris