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review 2019-09-15 22:09
Quick Thoughts: Footsteps in the Dark
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer

Footsteps in the Dark

by Georgette Heyer

 

 

Locals claim The Prior is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door.  Left empty for years, and even their deceased uncle chose to live in a different house, far away from this particular property.  But the ramshackle old house, with its rambling charm is the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday for siblings Peter, Celia and Margaret, who have inherited it from their uncle.  It wasn't the lack of modern conveniences that made a summer spent at the ancient priory mansion such an unsettling experience.  It was the supposed ghost... or whatever was groaning in the cellars and roaming the countryside around Framley Village after dark.

But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumors are true and they are not alone after all!  But traditionally ghosts don't commit murder.  And in this case, the things which go bump in the night are deadly.  With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims or will they uncover the true in time?  Does the key to the crime lie in the realm of the supernaturalr?  Or is the explanation much more down to earth with a more corporeal culprit of flesh and blood?



The premise for Footsteps in the Dark was definitely one that I was extremely excited about.  Even though I'm a scaredy cat, and don't really like scary stories, I get really giddy about haunted house stories, and a double whammy would be a haunted country house setting.

This is my second Georgette Heyer book, and while I didn't care for the first one I read of hers, Death in the Stocks, this book definitely made up for it.  By rights, it's not the best book in the world, and the investigative process was probably a bit questionable, but the characters were fun, even if the humor slipped into "tackily overdone" territory a few times.

And yet, I still found the bit of comical interactions rather appealing.  I DO wish that the women had more of a role in the investigation... and well, more of a role at all in the book--they seemed like background scenery, to be totally honest.

The romance was most definitely insta, which made it a little hard to take it seriously, especially since Margaret's love interest was more or less a creepy unknown who kept secrets when they first met.  I'd have been happier if their courtship didn't only consist of one walk together and a cryptic conversation in which Margaret is still unsure whether or not Michael Strange was a killer.

Nonetheless, the rest of the book was very enjoyable.  The few moments involving the Monk got appropriately creepy enough to maintain the haunted house atmosphere.  The side characters were also appropriately delightful as comic relief.

And so I'd definitely give Ms. Heyer my continued interest in her work.


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Halloween Bingo 2019

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/09/quick-thoughts-footsteps-in-dark.html
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review 2017-11-06 00:58
Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer

Three siblings (Margaret, Peter, and Celia) inherit a rambling old house in the country so they decide to stay there for a while to take advantage of it. So we have the siblings, their aunt Mrs Bosanquet, Celia's husband, Charles, and the Bowers (their help).  Of course, the old house has a history of ghost stories and a character called the Monk apparently haunts the place. Everyone in the house experiences weird happenings, and although they don't really believe the place is haunted, they start to wonder.

 

The mystery was only so-so and I figured out who the Monk was, but the banter between the characters really made this book for me. Charles in particular was ridiculous and awesome. The romance wasn't exactly forced but it seemed pretty rushed and random. Oh well. The banter was still really good.

 

I'm using this book for Square #3 St Martin's Day for the 16 Festive Tasks "Read a book set in a rural setting."

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text 2017-11-02 12:55
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer

I'm enjoying the exchanges between the characters here. Like when Charles says he's good at finding things and reminds his wife about the time he found her diamond broach and she replies that he didn't find it, she did, after he had ripped up some floor boards. It turned out he meant the other time she lost it when he found it by stepping on it when he was getting out of bed in the middle of the night. Very clever of him, eh?

 

I also wasn't originally planning on participating in the Festive Tasks this year because I didn't last year, but MbD and TA have tempted me. I'm thinking this book would work square 3 St Martin's Day "read a book set in a rural setting" (it took me so long to find that reference again) since it's about an apparently haunted house in the country. I suppose you'd say it's on the outskirts of a small village rather than in the village. That counts, right?

 

It was also a potential Halloween choice for me but I think I'll reserve that book choice for a witchier book.

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review 2015-01-30 16:48
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer

Not very mysterious but it has a Gothic feeling.

 

**SPOILER** It was a bit obvious that Michael Strange was a detective in disguise, and that the Colonel was the Monk. Towards the end it drags a little bit.

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review 2015-01-26 18:46
What a great crime novel!
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer

I am a long-standing Georgette Heyer fan. I love her books. Her stories were always so incredibly well drawn, her characters unforgettable. She is one of the very few authors with many, many books in one genre who didn't have "types" in the sense of recurring schemes or personalities.

 

And this classic and clean crime novel is no exception. 

 

The dialogues and the cheerful sense of humor made it very entertaining.

The characters were drawn through their actions, their speeches and their little mannerisms.

 

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