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A wonderful book to dip into or read right through
on 24 November 2005
When I first got hold of this book I was surprised to find that it was a book of short stories, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it. How wrong I was!
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.