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text 2019-02-09 20:20
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

'But I don't like policemen. Some people feel the same about cats. Always know the instant one comes into the room, and begin to get creepy. Not that I've any objection to cats, mind you. Far from it. In fact, if I had to be bothered with any sort of animal, I think I should choose a cat.' 

'Well, I wouldn't,' said Antonia, who had happened to listen to this. 'They're inhuman things - though I suppose there are cats and cats.'


I hear you, Antonia, I'm the same way. There are cats and cats. Although, it probably has more to do with their decision than mine.



Kenneth laughed, and said with a good deal of delight: ''A touch, a touch, I do confess.' You know, I'm beginning to like you quite a lot.' 

'I might return that compliment, if it occurs to you to stop trying to hoodwink me. You are fond of quoting from Hamlet (though not always sure of your source), so I will give you one more line to digest: 'Take care that you don't become as a woodcock to your own springe'.'

Bless your heart, Kenneth. Don't try to win a sassy Hamlet quoting war with Superintendent Hannasyde, it won't end well.

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text 2019-02-09 15:32
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

"Regular old cough drop she is, too. Name of Murgatroyd."


Named Murgatroyd and described as a "regular old cough drop", if she's the murderer, I'd say she had her reasons.

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text 2019-02-09 05:47
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Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer

"Your half-brother, miss, died as a result of a knife thrust through his back," said the Inspector.

"Oh!" Said Antonia. "Rather beastly."




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review 2019-02-04 13:45
Randall is terrible and his family aren't nice either
Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer

Can we say "obstruction of justice", thought you could. Today this would have got dealt with in a different way (I'd kinda like Randall to meet Peter Grant for a few rounds of debate). Still this is from a different time and a different way of policing.

No-one really misses Dear Old Uncle Gregory when he dies and when it's discovered that it was murder a fractured family find more cracks. The over-confident of his own smarts Randall rubs everyone up the wrong way in order to sit back and watch sparks fly while Inspector Hannasyde tries to discover the truth. The obvious culprit is someone in the family, but who, and why, everyone has a reason but also an alibi.

Then another member dies...

It's an interesting read, a classic period detective story with some horrible people and a hero who could be truly horrible, along with a romance that seemed to come out of no-where. Still the family was well drawn and I found them believable.


ETA: The narration wasn't stand-out for me but it didn't detract for me from the story.

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review 2019-01-16 01:19
A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer
A Christmas Party - Georgette Heyer

This took me quite a while to get through, and I didn't finish it in time for the 24 Festive Tasks game, but I still really enjoyed it. The idea is that the master of the house is murdered at Christmas when the house is full of guests; suspicions ensue. I had guessed the murderer but I couldn't quite work out how they had done it, but that added more to my enjoyment than it detracted from it. It was quite clever overall.

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