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on 9 January 2017
A clever plot and some nice characterisation (although she does tend to recycle her characters a bit, just changing an arm here or a leg there). Slightly spoiled for me by a little gratuitous anti-Semitism, but there's scarcely a writer from those times not similarly afflicted.
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on 4 April 2017
I've thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I knew who Dunnit from very early on. She writes superbly and with humour..
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on 23 May 2000
This was my first Georgette Heyer mystery, having being introduced by an avid fan of them. I was endlessly entertained by this book, both by the unpredictable ending and the very funny characters - I think Neville would have to take the prize there! A great mystery read, a satisfying fusion of wit and who-dunnit, even if you're not a usual mystery fan.
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on 6 April 2002
It was not surprising that Ernest Fletcher was murdered - he really was not a very nice man!
Why had Helen North been in Ernest's study on the night of his death? Why did she hide behind a tree when another visitor arrived - and who was he? Helen's sister, Sally, was determined to solve the mystery - aided and abetted by Ernest's heir, Neville. The police were delighted to have Sally's help - especially as she turned out to be a detective story writer.
The London detectives were also helped or hindered by PC Glass, who had an irritating habit of quoting the bible at every opportunity. The case was not an easy one, and when one of their prime suspects was found murdered, it became even more complicated.
The solution of the mystery was ingenious, but if you look hard enough, you will find enough clues in the book to help you find the murderer before the police do!
This was probably my least favourite of the Georgette Heyer detective novels, mainly because the intensely irritating habit of PC Glass of quoting the bible jarred very quickly!
However, it is well crafted, and there is the usual love interest, and once you have become hooked on Heyer's detective novels, you will want to read them all!
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on 23 June 2016
Not Ms Heyer's best detective fiction by a long chalk.
There's some fun to be had from some fairly well-drawn eccentric characters but the plot plods (too many reiterations and recapitulations) and the identity of the dastardly murderer is flagged in the very first chapter.
If you are new to Ms Heyer's 'whodunnit' oeuvre don't read this first. It will put you off what is in the main a good body (!) of golden-age mystery writing.
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on 8 February 2014
Arrived promptly, have not yet read the book but it is a well made book and the writing is slightly larger than usual which would be helpful for people with poor eyesight,.
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on 20 February 2014
Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
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This is another case for Superintendent Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemingway to solve. A man is bludgeoned to death in his study. There are plenty of possible suspects including the corpse's own nephew who is in need of money and the couple next door - Mr and Mrs John North - who may or may not have been more closely involved with the dead man than they're prepared to admit to. No one can find the `blunt instrument' of the title and there doesn't seem to be any time unaccounted for when the murder could have taken place.

Plagued by a Bible quoting PC and a constantly fluctuating collection of motives and suspects who keep changing their stories, Hannasyde and Hemingway are soon tearing their hair out. An apparently straightforward case becomes more impossible by the minute.

I have now read all Georgette Heyer's mystery novels and they're all well worth reading - carefully plotted with fascinating characters and backgrounds. They can hold their own with the best of the Golden Age detective story writers. If you enjoy Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Gladys Mitchell then you will enjoy Georgette Heyer as well.
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on 4 October 2010
A well written book, in good condition. Generslly Heyer's book have little or no swearing or blasphemy
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on 3 April 2014
Terribly obvious solution from the off which meant that the reader has to put up with the endless deliberations of the detectives while the solution is staring us in the face all along. The characterization is also poor and the inevitable love story is shallow and completely unbelieveable, involving one-dimensional cardboard characters.

The best thing that can be said for it is that since there is no point in trying to 'suspend disbelief' it is a completely unstressful read! That's why I have given 3 stars as opposed to just 2.

This one has to be one of her very earliest attempts at any form of novel - whodunnit or otherwise.
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