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O one attractive young guest in plain view of her husband simply multiplied the possible suspects in his murd. This is Georgette Heyer's third detective novel and I'd actually forgotten how good it was If you like cosy English country house mysteries from the Golden Age of detective fiction then this one is for you One of Heyer's fortes was creating great characters and she certainly does that here General Sir Arthur Billington Smith is a truly ghastly man the kind of person we have all encountered and will avoid at all costs He's a bully intolerant bigoted rude and lascivious and it's a relief when someone kills him not a spoiler as the blurb of most editions tells you this much The mystery that follows is a clever one with almost every houseguest undersuspicion and some solid motives for doing the old curmudgeon in One of the things I loved about the book was Lola the Mexican dancer who has been brought to the weekend party by the General's son to whom she is engaged Lola alone is worth the price of the book and I have to say I am in complete agreement with Dorothy L Sayers who reviewed The Unfinished Clue in 1934 and saidAnd yet simply because it is written in a perfectly delightful light comedy vein the book is pure joy from start to finish Lola the fiancée by herself is worth the money and indeed all the characters from the Chief Constable to the Head Parlourmaid are people we know intimately and appreciatively from the first words they utter Miss Heyer has given us a sparkling conversation piece rich in chuckles and all we ask of the plot is that it should keep us going until the comedy is played out Hear hear

Characters The Unfinished Clue

The Unfinished ClueEveryone had a reason to hate the late Sir Arthur Billington Smith His arrogance and abrasive manner had alie. A tyrannical host found stabbed to death in his study a group of guests each having a reason to hate him and a young and clever detective from Scotland Yard The stage an English country house weekend interspersed with cocktails teas and politely traded barbs Written back in 1934 The Unfinished Clue is a classic Golden Age mystery abounding in wit atmosphere and old fashioned charm where the intricate web of suspicions is subtly interwoven and the tension is conveyed through engaging and polished dialogues leading to the climactic final revelation The sparkle is subdued compared to her inimitable Regency romances but the delightful writing nonetheless delivers an as much sophisticated comedy of manners Buddy read with Anne

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Characters ↠ The Unfinished Clue 102 Æ ❴KINDLE❵ ✽ The Unfinished Clue Author Georgette Heyer – Everyone had a reason to hate the late Sir Arthur Billington Smith His arrogance and abrasive manner had alienated his wife her sister his house guests his wayward son even a desperate friend Of coursNated his wife her sister his house guests his wayward son even a desperate friend Of course his attentions t. My first foray into the murder mysteries of Georgette Heyer and it won't be my lastHeyer while better known for her regency and Georgian romances also wrote a fair number of mysteries along the lines of Agatha ChristieThis novel written in 1934 has all the classic elements of an English Golden Age mystery The bucolic country setting complete with stately home a rose garden and a staff of well trained servants who know their place A crusty old curmudgeon of a victim who no one including the reader is sorry to see meet his maker A large cast of suspects to choose from including the staples of a golden age mystery the younger second wife her lover the scapegrace step son the vixen the vicar's wife anddare I say itthe butler Classic interrogation techniues worthy of Monsieur Poirot himself in which the suspects are each interviewed in the sitting room or was it the morning room by the dapper Scotland Yard Inspector Their alibi motives and secrets are all bewilderingly exposed during these polite interrogations so much so that I feel I need to put together a spreadsheet in order to keep up with who was where at what time and with whom You know the drill don't you Miss Scarlett in the Library with the Lead Pipe Dialogue that is witty arcane and spare Heyer throws in some terms and phrases that are incomprehensible to my 21st century American brain but that's ok because it lends authenticity to the story and is fun to try and work out A low key romance as a side story Nothing too much with this love story but it's nice to have in the background A nice red herring and an unexpected twist at the end I use the term unexpected loosely because I can never figure out whodunit and my track record on this one remains unbroken drat I really really thought I had the murderer pegged this time Foiled againReally fun frothy escapism with this one Not as well detailed as a Christie but worth a few hours of your reading time