Solving this murder is complicated by twists, turns and red herrings. All in all this is a satisfying mystery, in my opinion. It is not too gruesome, dark or bloody. I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy the England of old. Although this is set after World War II, the characters all remember when England's empire was all-encompassing.
I suspect that those who enjoy Downton Abbey might like this mystery also. Durante quella che doveva essere un'allegra serata, dedicata al bridge, va in scena un assassinio. Tutti giudicano la sua prolungata assenza come una condotta alquanto scortese. Ma l'uomo in questione ha una giustificazione di tutto rispetto. Alla riunione sono presenti 49 persone. Another good listen on audio. One of my top Heyer mysteries. It was rather a surprise in both cases, so cleverly done. The clues were there though! Unlike many of her mysteries where the secondary characters provide the humor and the interest and the protagonists are rather boring, in this one the good guys are the most intriguing.
Terrible Timothy from They found him Dead, makes a fine hero and h Another good listen on audio. Terrible Timothy from They found him Dead, makes a fine hero and has grown into a loyal, charming, and thoroughly lovable lead. Jim and Pat make a welcome appearance, and Tim and Jim's redoubtable mother plays a significant off-screen role. However, the main attraction, I found, was Tim's fiance, Beulah what a name! She is surely one of the more unusual heroines in any of Heyer's books. Sulky, hostile, rude, even silly, but needing and loving the sunny Timothy as much as he deserves.
Somehow, you just love her because of her lack of social grace and charm. I was glad to see Hannasyde's old number 2, Now DCI Hemingway, was so respected and successful, despite his plebeian roots. Pretty unusual for a Heyer. Oct 13, John Frankham rated it really liked it Shelves: Another smashing Georgette Heyer whodunnit, from Not as good as the earlier, more action-orientated ones, but a good mystery, with a lovely topping and tailing.
Kane is determined to prove the lady's innocence-but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it's more than a little bit shady. Not my favourite case Strangling, drug dealers, and a really weird young man , but still interesting and clever.
I think I like Hemingway a bit more now. Along with The Unfinished Clue, this is one of my favorite Heyer mysteries. I never developed much of an appreciation for Inspector Hannasyde, who appeared in many of Heyer's mysteries including They Found Him Dead. I almost always preferred the stories with other detectives.
Hemingway is a more personable Inspector than Hannasyde - you get to see Along with The Unfinished Clue, this is one of my favorite Heyer mysteries. Hemingway is a more personable Inspector than Hannasyde - you get to see more of his deliberation as well - and Timothy is simply one of those great Heyer characters you'd be happy to see show up in any of her books.
A bit more interesting than the previous 2 books in the series. Also we have a couple of characters back from They Found Him Dead. Terrible Timothy is now all grown up and working as a lawyer in the city. He's fallen in love with a girl with a shady background. She's the personal secretary of the woman who organized a card party during which a close family friend was killed. Whilst Hemingway is still investigating that murder, the girl's employer is also killed in the same manner I thought it still took too much time to get to the first murder and the reasons for the murders seem a bit flimsy.
But quite interesting to learn about life during the Depression era. What a ghastly set of characters! I liked no one, not even the Inspector. So far this is my least favorite GH mystery. View all 3 comments. Dec 17, 4cats rated it did not like it Shelves: I really tried with this, the 3rd in the Inspector Hemingway series, I've read all of the Heyer crime novels featuring Hannayside and Hemingway but I just couldn't get a way with this so I give up.
Feb 27, Terra rated it liked it. What's a little homophobia among friends? I know The Times Were Different and all, but still no. Best thing here was the return of Tim Harte, who is a delight. Much as I hesitate to give any Georgette Heyer work a two-star rating, I just can't go any higher on this mystery. It was much too paint-by-numbers to rate anything higher than "it was OK.
Any time two characters had a bitter argument in which one used vaguely threatening language, I knew the other character was toast. And always set up in the most heavy-handed way--multiple people who had opportunity to commit the crime, all w Much as I hesitate to give any Georgette Heyer work a two-star rating, I just can't go any higher on this mystery. And always set up in the most heavy-handed way--multiple people who had opportunity to commit the crime, all witnessed by others in compromising ways.
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And since I didn't care about the characters or find their situations believable or compelling, I didn't really care who committed the murders. The trademark Heyer light touch was also notable by its absence. The only "humor" was provided by Inspector Hemingway's sidekick who insisted on speaking Gaelic despite his superior's dislike of it. It got old quickly.
Back in the days when I used to read and re-read Heyer's romances, I never had any use for the mysteries. Reading them now, I'm starting to think I had the right idea before. Last read 7th March I had forgotten how horrible the homophobia is in this mystery - somehow the repellent attitudes in Heyer's regency books are more acceptable because they're set hundreds of years ago, instead of only last century. I had to keep saying 'she was of her time' under my breath to be able to finish the book - the horrible prejudices of the author's time and class were so repellent.
I'm usually fine, once the writing is good, but this time Chief Inspector Hemingway, and many o Last read 7th March I'm usually fine, once the writing is good, but this time Chief Inspector Hemingway, and many other characters, were so vile about homosexual characters that I found it difficult to stomach. Maybe it just caught me on the raw what with everything that's happening now, and more knowledge of what life was like back then for a gay man, but my usual method of 'holding my nose' as I skip past the sexist, racist, anti-semitic and homophobic writing of Heyer, Christie, Marsh et al failed me this time.
Nov 18, Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it. This is probably my favourite of the detective stories. I love the hero Timothy Kane and Beulah Birtley is such an interesting heroine. She had a raw deal in life and has no reason to trust the police so naturally she doesn't come across very well when a man she dislikes is murdered in her employers house. Having read all this series, I enjoyed meeting Timothy's brother Jim again as well as Inspector Hemingway who was the Sergeant in an earlier story when Timothy was 14 and Jim was the hero with This is probably my favourite of the detective stories.
Having read all this series, I enjoyed meeting Timothy's brother Jim again as well as Inspector Hemingway who was the Sergeant in an earlier story when Timothy was 14 and Jim was the hero with a love interest. It was an interesting snapshot of post-war Britain with glimpses of society, the communist underground and drug peddling.
The romance was sweet with Timothy still ebullient despite his war service. Beulah is a sweet and innocent heroine underneath the hard shell she developed as a result of her earlier brush with the law. Needless to say, her case bears looking into. May 24, Jessi rated it really liked it Shelves: Timothy Harte is once again crossing paths with Inspector Hemingway. This time, he's all grownup and engaged. Except that his family is a bit concerned that the fiancee, Beulah Bitley, might be an adventuress.
She's not, but she does have a secret past that complicates things when she becomes wrapped up in a murder that happens during a bridge party at her employers house. Haddington was a social climber of the first order. She wants to make sure that her daughter marries the best man possib Timothy Harte is once again crossing paths with Inspector Hemingway.
She wants to make sure that her daughter marries the best man possible and she has Timothy Harte in her sights. But then, her beau is murdered. Was the man involved with Mrs. Why was he really killed? Then another murder occurs and it's up to Inspector Hemingway to figure out if it's the mysterious Ms. Bitley or someone else. May 13, Deborah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Detection Unlimited Country House Mysteries.
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Although there are some really long soliloquys from a couple of the characters. The Detective assigned to Chief Inspector Hemingway has a tendency to spout Gaelic in every sentence. Nice book to curl up with on a snowy Sunday afternoon! Georgette Heyer is most well known for her historical romances, but to be frank I much prefer her mysteries. Yes, they all take place in the s and are "cozy" mysteries - no graphic sex or violence.
But they are well-written with generous helpings of humor, and we are taken back into "dated death" as I like to call it - the milieu of the s and what life was like back then for the upper class men and women who populate Heyer's story and the ones who depopulate those stories through murder! If you're a bridge lover you'll get a kick out of this although in that regard it doesn't rival Christie's Cards on the Table and if you just like British mysteries you'll love this. Another excellent Heyer "whodunit" in the Inspector Hemingway Series. I believe that there are only four 4 novels in which Hemingway is at Chief Inspector grade; I wish there were more.
For my taste there are a bit too many exclamation marks in this dialogue and the Gaelic is certainly hard to understand, but the reader can thoroughly and highly enjoy this novel as written and edited.
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I usually love anything by Georgette Heyer, but this mystery just seemed too long and wordy without being witty. Her usual witty repartee seemed to be missing, And with the exception of the inspector and his sergeant, most of the characters were not likable, and the mystery was not that interesting. I don't think I even finished it.
I just recently started reading Georgette Heyer's mysteries and have found I enjoy them even more than her romances. Before you start this book, it's a good idea to first read the author's mystery "They Found Him Dead," in which you'll meet some of the characters 14 years earlier, including Chief Inspector then Sergeant Hemingway, my favorite of Heyer's detectives. Another character who shows up in both books is the very likable Timothy Harte, who is 14 in the earlier book; now he has served as a commando in WWII and has become a barrister, but fortunately he doesn't seem to have changed much!
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