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.
"The wittiest of detective writers." (The Daily Mail)
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)
"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining." (The Sunday Times)
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Better than I expected!
Not at the top, but not the worst. Lower half, but still worth it and an improvement on Book 1 in this series, I think.
I didn't have a favourite character, to be honest I haven't found any of the characters particularly likeable in this series, by Hannayside seems a decent chap! And I can imagine that Randal in the flesh would have what Agatha Christie called 'It' and 'SA'!!
Having not really enjoyed the first of this series (Death in the Stocks), chiefly because of the narration, I'm not really sure why I bought this book, but was pleasantly surprised. There are not so many long pauses between characters speaking and 'she said', or 'he said', which nearly drove me mad in the first book, and the general flow is much better. In fact, it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book, which is not a showstopper, but I found it satisfying. I guessed the murderer pretty early (which is a shame!) and it seems that these books follow a pattern - a houseful of objectionable upper-middle class people who can't stand each other or anyone else, a failed engagement only to be followed by a marriage between family members, but at least a murder revealed. I have already bought the next book in the series.
- Hepwood Flutey
Georgette Heyer's mysteries - fabulous and fun
I have heard all Miss Heyer's mysteries in the past, usually read by Clifford Norgate who does a wonderful job in drawing out the humour in her stories, so it was with some trepidation that I downloaded this version from Bolinda, read by Ulli Birve. However after a slightly slow start she got well into the part and my enjoyment of this old favourite was untarnished.
- Jill Besterman