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They Found Him Dead and A Blunt Instrument – Georgette Heyer

They Found Him Dead

From the Publisher:

It is the morning after wealthy Silas Kane’s sixtieth birthday party – a celebration that brings to light a number of familial controversies. When Kane he is found dead at the foot of a cliff, the assumption is that he simply lost his way in the fog and fell by accident. But the subsequent death of his nephew and heir and threats on the life of the third Kane, the newest heir, raises obvious suspicion, and the redoubtable investigative skills of Superintendent Hannasyde prove critical once again.

My thoughts:

Lots of things going on in this mystery.  Long list of suspects, lots of quirky characters (of course), lots of action, great dialogue, and typical British dry wit, all wrapped up in the traditional English country setting.  Oh, and let’s not forget the humour provided by the youngest character.  I liked a lot of the characters, and even the ones I didn’t like I found entertaining.  Good mystery overall.


A Blunt Instrument

From the Publisher:

When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would want to kill him? Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher’s life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be.

My thoughts:

I know that Heyer is the queen of eccentric, self-absorbed characters, and this book certainly proves it.  It is also laugh out loud funny.  I have to say that I guessed who the murderer was quite early in the book, but that didn’t detract from the mystery for me.  The dialogue is superb, as always.  The detectives also play a center stage role all throughout the book, and they are not overshadowed by the rest of the quirky characters.  If you love ridiculous situations and ridiculous characters, this is the mystery for you.


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Death in the Stocks and Behold, Here’s Poison – Georgette Heyer

I’m almost caught up with the overdue reviews. Just another couple of posts and I’ll be posting current reviews. =)

Death in the Stocks

From the Publisher:

Beneath a sky the colour of sapphires and the sinister moonlight, a gentleman in evening dress is discovered slumped in the stocks on the village green – he is dead. Superintendent Hannasyde’s consummate powers of detection and solicitor Giles Carrington’s amateur sleuthing are tested to their limits as they grapple with the Vereker family – a group of outrageously eccentric and corrupt suspects.

My thoughts:

When the description mentions outrageously eccentric and corrupt suspects, they do mean it. This mystery, like all other Georgette Heyer mysteries is meant to be taken a little tongue in cheek.  There’s nothing very realistic about it.  The descriptions are marvelous – I can almost picture the characters and the setting.  I love how the author captured the essence of the time period.  Overall, they are light, fluffy reads – more fluff than substance, but quite entertaining.  If you are looking for humour, sarcasm, outrageous characters, mystery and a beautiful setting, then this is the book for you.


Behold, Here's Poison

From the Publisher:

Inspector Hannasyde faces the deadliest test of his career when members of the wealthy Matthews clan begin to die, one by one. With motives everywhere, it is no easy case for the inspector to solve. Heyer is one of the best known writers of the “cozy” sub-genre of mysteries and her whimsical dialogue and fascinating characters abound in this black comedy of a thriller.

My thoughts:

With Heyer’s mysteries, once you start reading one, you cannot really stop.  I think I read 4 in a row, before I decided to switch to another author.  This was the second mystery from her that I picked up, and just like the first one, it didn’t disappoint.  Heyer was a master at creating eccentric characters, an intricate plot that wasn’t too convoluted, great dialogues, and a fun mystery.  Love the characterizations in her books, love the setting, love the comedy, and I absolutely love the sarcasm and British wit that infuse her mysteries.  Great for reading on a cold and rainy day, while listening to music from that period.


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