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1almigwin
Editado: Mar 13, 2007, 4:14 pm

hi everyone, I'm new and a big fan of gh. She maintained my sanity for me when i was programming, riding subways and fighting corporate politics. I wondered if those of you who have read all of her romances many times are open to reading her mysteries. are they out of bounds? I liked them all, especially penhallow. most of my romances by her are yellowing with age. are there hardcover groupings? i have one. some of the mysteries are why shoot a butler and behold, here's poison .

2hailelib
Mar 14, 2007, 6:06 pm

There aren't that many mysteries but they do stand up pretty well when compared to Christie, Marsh, etc.

3selkins
Set 12, 2007, 4:47 pm

They stand up pretty well as mysteries, but I'm not always crazy about the characters in them, compared to the characters in her historical fiction (romances). I find penhallow to be a downer. Duplicate Death is kind of fun, barring some tiresome stuff about the family nanny at the beginning and end. I like Why Shoot a Butler a lot.

4karenmarie
Mar 16, 2008, 8:45 am

I just finished Envious Casca, the first one of her mysteries I've read, and kept having to remind myself that I was reading Heyer not Christie. I posted a review of it - no spoilers! I have most of her other mysteries and will now start going through them.

I will always love her romances best because I love the Georgian and Regency periods, but do think I will enjoy the mysteries.

5atimco
Out 7, 2009, 1:29 pm

I have really loved the Regency books of hers that I've read so far. I've been collecting her mysteries too; does anyone have a recommendation as to which one to start with? I found that starting with the wrong Regency delayed my appreciation for Heyer until someone gave me some recommendations to start with.

6SylviaC
Out 7, 2009, 3:04 pm

I read a few of her mysteries, but the only one I remember is The Unfinished Clue. And since I read them all within the last four years, that really doesn't say much for their distinctiveness. (Or maybe it just doesn't say much for my memory.) I found that the characters and plots were all very similar, and the characters were not as likeable as those in her historical novels.

I did enjoy The Unfinished Clue. It had a very nice detective.

7kokipy
Nov 4, 2009, 8:51 pm

I have enjoyed the mysteries, although i haven't found them all. I do like the detective. But I like the historical romances better. Of course, some of them are mysteries too - The Talisman Ring and The Toll Gate, for example - have you seen them? The Talisman Ring is one of my very favorites of all.
I only learned about Heyer earlier this year, and I have spent the better part of the last few months trying to find and read them all. So far I've found about 41, so have a few left to go.

8LizzieD
Nov 4, 2009, 10:23 pm

It's been quite a long time since I read the mysteries, but I remember being more than pleasantly surprised at how well-plotted they are and how well they hold up as mysteries. Footsteps in the Dark was the first and remains my favorite. Duplicate Death made me despair of ever learning to play decent bridge. I read them all; I still have them on the shelf and will reread them. (I don't own The Talisman Ring or The Toll Gate. More to acquire. Thanks a lot, koki.)

9kokipy
Nov 5, 2009, 9:43 am

Now that I think about it, The Reluctant Widow is also a mystery, in the Regency Era.

10CyanDag
Nov 6, 2009, 9:46 pm

I really enjoyed Envious Casca. The first half especially for some reason had me laughing my head off (it was my first Heyer). That's the only one of her mysteries I've read.

Peace,
Cyan Dag

11kokipy
Nov 9, 2009, 2:26 pm

Keep at it, CyanDag! try Talisman Ring. thanks for coming to this party!

12aluvalibri
Dez 5, 2009, 9:51 pm

My favourite, out of the four I have read, is The Unfinished Clue, followed by They Found Him Dead.

13Winter_Maiden
Dez 6, 2009, 12:42 am

I remember one of the mysteries had me in laughter all the way through--Death in the Stocks maybe? I forget. I remember enjoying Why Shoot a Butler. The rest I found interchangeable and innocuous. Not bad, but not sparkling like the frolics.

14aarti
Dez 22, 2009, 11:36 pm

Personally, of Heyer's contemporary mysteries, I found Footsteps in the Dark hilarious. I actually have liked all of the ones I've read, but I wonder why so many of her contemporary mysteries feature unlikeable characters when most of her historicals feature at least a few characters that are fun and nice.

As it's the Christmas season, and I was in a Heyer mood, I just picked up Envious Casca to read, so I'm quite thrilled by message #10 above :-)

15SylviaC
Dez 23, 2009, 3:33 pm

aarti, I found the same thing about the characters in her mysteries. In most of the ones I read, except The Unfinished Clue, I lost interest in the stories because I just didn't care what happened to the characters. It's been a very long time since I read Envious Casca, so maybe I should try it again.

16Eat_Read_Knit
Dez 23, 2009, 3:38 pm

I think I have to reread some of these soon.

#14 aarti, I don't think I've ever laughed so much at any mystery story as at Footsteps in the Dark. It's one of my all-time favourite I-need-cheering-up reads, and is hilarious indeed.

17aarti
Dez 23, 2009, 4:14 pm

> 15 - Yes, it's hard to feel much compassion or empathy for the characters in her contemporary mysteries. I wonder if she just didn't like the way England was working while she was alive, and that bitterness maybe came through when she wrote about the period of her own life? That is a total shot in the dark, though! I am enjoying Envious Casca, but it really only has one sympathetic character in it, so I don't know if you'll much care for that one instead. I think you'd much prefer Footsteps in the Dark, where almost all the characters are sympathetic.

>16 Eat_Read_Knit: - I know! I can't believe it sat on my shelf so quietly and patiently for so long. After I finished it, I just couldn't believe I passed it up on my shelf so many times. That happens to me more than I'd like, but it's always such a wonderful feeling to discover a new book like that, especially one by an author I love so much. Glad to know you feel the same way :-)

18SylviaC
Dez 23, 2009, 4:45 pm

>17 aarti:
I'll have to look for it.