Sunday, May 17, 2009

Georgette Heyer Mystery Week

As I was lucky enough to receive three re-released Georgette Heyer mysteries for review, I thought it would be fun to make a review week. Here are the jacket blurbs to whet your interest!

Monday, we will ponder Why Shoot a Butler? (1933).
Every family has secrets, but the Fountains' are turning deadly ...
On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her--at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up ...

In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled. Fortunately, in ferreting out a desperate killer, amateur sleuth Amberley is as brilliant as he is arrogant, but this time he's not sure he wants to know the truth ...

Tuesday, let's explore The Unfinished Clue (1934).
A houseful of people he loathes is not Sir Arthur's worst problem ...
It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest-list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved--and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before--but this time, the talented young inspector discovers much more than he's bargained for.

Wednesday, take a sniff at Behold, Here's Poison (1936).
Meet the Matthews--Before the next one dies ...
It's no ordinary morning at the Poplars--the master is found dead in his bed, and it seems his high blood pressure was not the cause. When an autopsy reveals a sinister poison, it's up to the quietly resourceful Inspector Hannasyde to catch the murderer in time to spare the next victim. But every single member of the quarrelsome Matthews family has a motive and none, of course, has an alibi.

In the mood for a mystery,


  1. I don't think I've ever read a Georgette Heyer novel - heard a lot about them, though. I'll be interested to read what you think.

  2. I haven't read GH either, so I am looking forward to your recommendation.

  3. I hope I convince you both to try her out. I hadn't read any of her books until Sourcebooks started re-releasing them over the past year but I'm enjoying them.

    I've also reviewed 2 historical fictions and 2 "romances" if you want to check those out ...