Title: Behold, Here's Poison
Author: Georgette Heyer
Series: Hannasyde & Hemingway, 2
Length: 598 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3.5 stars
It's no ordinary morning at the Poplars - the master is found dead in his bed and it turns out that his high blood pressure was not the cause of death. Heyer uses her attention to detail and brilliant characterizations to concoct a baffling crime for which every single member of the quarrelsome family has a motive, and none, of course, has an alibi. Heyer's sparkling dialogue is a master class in British wit, sarcasm and the intricacies of life above and below stairs.
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.
Favourite character: Randall Matthews
Least favourite character: Zoë Matthews
This isn't my favourite book of Georgette Heyer's that I've read. But I enjoyed it nonetheless. I didn't guess the culprit, which was a nice surprise. But I found it confusing at times, which might have been me because I don't normally read mysteries in ebook format.
I didn't really like the fact that after Stella and Randall get engaged, Stella's fiancé, Dr. Fielding, is never mentioned again? It felt, weird.
Superintendent Hannasyde - Toby Stephens
Sergeant Hemingway - Joe Armstrong
Giles Carrington - Matthew Goode
Stella Matthews - Saoirse Ronan
Guy Matthews - Anthony Boyle
Harriet Matthews - Janet McTeer
Gertrude Lupton - Emma Thompson
Zoë Matthews - Gillian Anderson
Henry Lupton - John Lynch
Janet Lupton - Sophie McShera
Randall Matthews - Tom Bateman
Dr. Deryk Fielding - Gwilym Lee
Edward Rumbold - Colin Firth
Dorothy Rumbold - Sarah Lancashire
Inspector Davis - Jason Merrells
Nigel Brooke - Jack Lowden
Agnes Crewe - Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Owen Crewe - Colin Morgan
Mary - Daisy Waterstone