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Heyer at her very best
on 5 January 2001
I have long been a reader of Georgette Heyer's period romances and was surprised to learn she also wrote 'modern' (well 1920ish) crime novels. In my opinion this is the best of all her books.
With practically all her crime novels the most fascinating thing is not just who did it but how they did it. The method in this book isn't as ingenious as some of her other novels but I'd bet you never guess it.
The basic plot is that the obnoxious Gregory Matthews is dead but was he murdered or did he die of heart failure? If it was murder who did it? As in so many of these books, practically everyone has a motive for wanting him out of the way.
What places this book above so many similar ones are the wonderful characters from the oh-so saintly Zoe Matthews to her supercilious nephew Randall. I especially love Randall Matthews, described at one point as 'an amiable snake' - who says exactly what he pleases to everyone, especially his family.
If you like fiendishly clever plotting, a wonderful cast of characters and a practically unguessable ending then this is the book for you. If you have long been a fan of Heyer's romances and are unsure whether you'll like her crime novels let me reassure you they are just as amusing and charming as everything else she wrote.
This book is an absolute delight fom start to finish.