Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Release: Behold, Here's Poison

The final Georgette Heyer mystery that I read was Behold, Here's Poison. This one was really less a mystery than a family dynamics story. The cantankerous patriarch of a family is murdered with an obscure poison and it brings out the worst in everyone involved -- his sister, his sister-in-law and her two children and his nephew. They all had something to gain from his death and yet his death seems to make them all more miserable and it brings out the worst in them.

There is a surprise romance in the story that is somewhat unexplainable and strange. The mystery is also solved in a slap-dash manner with no real clues presented through the story. However, despite these shortcomings, this is still a good read as just a general fiction story.

One last thing that I wanted to comment on is the series design. I really love the period artwork that Sourcebooks chose for the covers of these mysteries. The color palette for the series is also really pleasant. This will be a nice set to collect!

Hoping I don't deserve poisoning,

Buy Behold, Here's Poison on Amazon or find it at your local library.


  1. These sound like they would be fun, light reads to throw into my rotation when I need a little mental break. Thanks for the reviews!

  2. I think we all need breaks like that at one time or another!

  3. Apparently Heyer wrote these books with her husband. I think there were a few where the collaborations wasn't as seamless as it could have been (per the bio I read about her), so maybe this is a case with a few of these titles. I can't remember which ones Joan Aiken Hodge mentions this happening. I still have yet to read any of her mysteries, but they do sound like entertaining reads.

  4. Danielle - I really need to pick up that bio. Heyer took a really different approach to being an author, didn't she?!?