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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785151010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785151019
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Previously titled Pistols for Two, this collection includes three of Heyer’s earliest short stories, published together in book form for the very first time. A treat for all fans of Georgette Heyer, and for those who love stories full of romance and intrigue." (from the publisher's description)

"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining" (Sunday Times)

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A writer of great wit and style...I've read her books to shreds" (Daily Telegraph)

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us aspire to." (Katie Fforde)

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Previously titled Pistols for Two, this collection includes three of Heyer’s earliest short stories, published together in book form for the very first time. A treat for all fans of Georgette Heyer, and for those who love stories full of romance and intrigue.

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I was excited to see a new collection advertised, so preordered it immediately. I realised soon after that it was Pistols for Two plus three stories not published since the 1930s. If compared to other of Ms Heyer's books, the new stories do not add much and could be seen as a let down. Other reviewers have mentioned they are probably early attempts and the same plots have been reworked to greater success in later novels. Why 5 stars then? I am comparing the collection's plot lines, light almost effortless prose and scintillating dialogue between the characters to the sub standard Americanisms that pass for so much Regency novels now. A whole book without gottens, smirking, gushing, whiskey, snifters, drinks carts etc is a balm to my wounded soul. This book should be force fed to a certain section of American authors, they should copy it out by hand five hundred times before they are allowed to foist their attempts on the public again. I won't mention my pet hates, well, Christi Caldwell is up there, but there are others nearly as bad. If you already have Pistols for Two, it is not a bargain to pay £4.99 for three new stories, but my paperback copy was stored temporarily in the loft along with other treasures about five years ago, and it was much easier to buy this on kindle than to get the boxes down and then find space for more books in my living room. If you don't have Pistols for Two, I recommend it, the stories are too short, but then, I think all Ms Heyer's books are, I always reach the end wishing there were more, even when reading for the Nth time.
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What a pleasure, reading theses stories again has been. Light, witty and dripping with Regency atmosphere, Georgette Heyer always delivers the goods.

Her books and stories take us to a world, where the heroes are the type we would all love to meet and her heroines are witty and clever. The situations the find themselves in are always entertaining and involve duels, balls, elopement and adventure

Even though I have read and re-read all of her books, they never bore you and you are always left, wishing there were new books to read and discover .

Alas, the greatest of Regency story tellers passed away in 1974 but the discovery of three new short stories by her, featured in this collection books, is a cause for even more delight.
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By april on 20 Oct. 2016
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charming little cream puffs of delightful stories, with three extras added, otherwise just a reprint of the collection "pistols for two"..the three extras published very early, and almost forgotten, but found in magazines of the time...for heyer enthusiasts they are necessary, but they are not earth shaking or in any way different from her other works...sparkling, fun, sweet, and with bright dialogues and the heyer stock characters...and some odd typos/misprints...for those of us who have a complete collection of heyer's work, these three extra stories are a nice little fillip!
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2016
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If you already own 'Pistols for Two' you need to be aware that the same stories in that volume appear again in this volume as well as three stories which haven't seen the light of day for nearly a century.

I first read most of these stories many years ago and I enjoyed them just as much on re-reading them. They all show a lightness of touch which isn't always present in the author's novels. In some of the stories the elements of later novels can be traced where Heyer was clearly starting to work out new plots.

My own particular favourites in this collection have always been 'A Husband for Fanny' - in which a widow schemes to find a husband for her beautiful daughter while her daughter has schemes of her own; and 'Hazard' which has a beautifully humorous ending. If you are new to Georgette Heyer then this charming collection would be an ideal introduction. For Heyer fans it will be a must buy.
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This book is the old Pistols for Two plus 3 new stories. I have not read 'Pistol' for a few so this book was a satisfying & delightful read and the new stories show the early development of some very familiar stories. For anyone not familiar with Georgette Heyer's Regency novels this book is a good introduction to her style and quality, leaving you wanting more. I bought this to add to my collection and I a pleased that I did. I would also recommend her crime stories.
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A slightly less satisfying book of Georgette Heyer's writings only because most of the stories are recognisable from complete novels. However, for anyone who hasn't read All her previously published novels, Snowdrift will offer quick reads with Heyer's trademark language, observation, wit and style which are so unique to her.
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Lovely GH short stories with lots s little touches of magic. Some great stories here. Everything holds Heyer's trade mark wit and histortical detais. A real treat for fans.

Just to note: this is a re cover of Pistols fro Two, with three new stories.
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The stories have dated more than Georgette Heyer's novels and reading the whole book in one go they are slightly repetitive. But they were never meant to be gulped down, rather savoured like a fine wine. Fans will love this collection. And if you love this collection you are well on the way to becoming a fan.
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