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I'd forgotten how good Georgette Heyer was!
on 9 March 2015
Excellent entertaining mystery. Are the characters mostly rather flat? Yes, but not more so than many of the genre at that time, but with one character complex enough to perplex and a pleasantly engaging minor character in the form of a Detective Sergeant. Are there enough puzzles to keep even the most experienced of armchair sleuths guessing till almost the very end? Certainly.
If you enjoy the mystery crime genre popular in the early-mid 20th century but haven't yet discovered Georgette Heyer you have an ideal little wet weekend treat in store reading this or any of her other crime novels. If, like me, you are old enough to have read them long ago, and rather forgotten about them, then you will thoroughly enjoy becoming reacquainted. She's not quite in the same class as more literary writers of the period like Dorothy L Sayers or Michael Innes, nor do her books have the fiendish complexity of someone like Edmund Crispin, or the slightly unsettling atmosphere of Gladys Mitchell, but they are skilfully constructed and highly entertaining.
If you have been trying to read some of those awful pastiches aping the style of 'cosy' crime writers that are currently flooding Amazon and been — understandably — disappointed, give up and turn to this lesser-known but still vastly better Golden Age original. She's the real deal!