Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince and a scandalous blackmail letter The murder of Wally Carter is a bewildering mystery how does one shoot a man crossing a narrow bridge without being near the murder weapon when it is fired The analytical Inspector Hemingway reveals his unnerving talent for solving a fiendish problem.
No Wind of Blame Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince and a scandalous blackmail letter The murder of Wally Carter is a bewildering mystery how does one shoot a man cross
I guess I m fickle.This title is now my favourite Georgette Heyer mystery.What s not to love My favourite Watson Hemingway is now the Sherlock, a colourful very funny cast, including the murder victim I was chuckling right through the read, especially the scene where view spoiler Vicki decides it s time to get rid of the Prince hide spoiler I really think this would make a wonderful made for TV movie, especially if they play it as a farce I have at least made a start on the casting Yes I know al [...]
I had only previously read one Georgette Heyer mystery before this one, Death in the Stocks, and, while I enjoyed that, I was not completely overwhelmed However, on reading this novel, the first Inspector Hemingway mystery first published in 1939 I was really impressed and enjoyed this much than the previous mystery I had tried.In some ways, this is a typical country house murder Ermyntrude Carter is the wealthy owner of Palings, who lives with her husband, Wally, her daughter, Vicky, from her [...]
Yawn This was not one of Heyer s better mysteries I found it tedious and slow with absolutely no suspense Along with dull characters, some of which were loopy and made me dizzy Not a good mix I found myself not caring who the murderer was, whether he would be caught or not and I didn t care either way with the romances The heroes were both duds They were dull and stodgy The heroines were on opposite spectrums from each other Mary, was frankly just a bit too perfect Only the immature, theatrical [...]
One of the pleasures of reading is that you can do things through books you d never want to do in real life like climb Mt Everest or survive a concentration camp Perhaps that s why I enjoy this book so much I m thankful I ve never spent the weekend with a fortune hunting Russian Prince, a young man who despises his father and insists on telling everyone about it, and a girl who treats all of life as dramatic theater not to mention a murderer Yet I find time spent with this book delightful The ch [...]
Wally Carter is a corpse in waiting Never have so many suspects gathered to justifiably kill off a vile bounder since Murder on the Orient Express The characters were wonderfully quirky, the dialog was amusing and the plot just twisty enough to keep me engaged Lots of fun and just what I was in the mood for.
The first of the Inspector Hemingway mysteries, I read this one for a buddy read with the Reading the Detectivesgroup here This was also my first proper Heyer mystery since the only other one I ve read Penhallow while it did have a murder and some element of mystery, this lasted only for part of the book which was a character study than a whodunit though a very good one nonetheless.The wealthy Ermyntrude Carter is married to Wally Carter, her second husband who sponges off her, lending her mone [...]
A buddy read with my friend Jemidar and worth closer to 3 1 2 stars The third last novel in my 2011 Heyer mysteries reading project, this is neither my favourite nor my least favourite of these novels I ll start with what I liked about it As with all of Heyer s mysteries and most of her other novels this novel features seriously eccentric characters who engage in witty banter while doing strange things If anything, the eccentricity is ramped up in this novel and I was kept laughing, which is no [...]
It s no secret that Wally Carter married Ermyntrude for her money and in the last two years since their marriage, his deplorable behavior has gotten worse Ermyntrude wishes he would not see, let alone lend money to, his friend Harold White and Wally wishes Ermyntrude had not invited an impoverished Russian excuse me Georgian, prince to stay Ermyntrude s daughter Vicky has returned home from school, ready to play any role at a moment s notice and eager to take in the drama between her mother and [...]
I ve read so many of this author s books and went back and listened to a few on audio, but this was the first occasion I took to snag one of her detective stories I anticipated sparkling conversations, a good romp, and was curious and anticipative toward a mystery I got all that, but I did find it had some lag, too The story begins with the introduction to the setting, characters, their backstories and goes along sometime building to the point where the murder occurs and then after a time the de [...]
Rating clarification 2.5 starsThis was the second Heyer mystery I ve read While not as enjoyable or well constructed as The Unfinished Clue, it managed to entertain me barely , but it clearly wasn t her best work I would suggest to any reader not to make this your first Heyer mystery, however.Surprisingly enough, after having recently stated in my review for The Unfinished Clue that I can never manage to deduce whodunit, I was able to peg this killer down almost as soon as the deed was done, by [...]
Here we see a handover of Detectives from Hannasyde to Hemingway Heyer is being very interested in distinctions of class here, ranging her characters from county to not quite quite to rather suss and there is definitely something a little uncomfortable about how the county are privately amused by Ermyntrude but willing to associate with her to get money out of her.There is a lot of humour to be had out of the character of Vicki, who is rather similar to Neville from A Blunt Instrument deliberate [...]
Period piece who dun it Shooting, dinner, bridge and the country set The man of the house, Wally, seems to be always biting off than his intellect can understand And he isn t the root of the money tree His wife is.A number of possible suspects and at least two young women in the marriage market.It s ok, and cuts a time warp like photo in a frame for the good weather country life of the wealthy English before WWI But the plot is underdeveloped and the characters drawn and defined but just not al [...]
Wally is a good for nothing slob who lives off his rich wife Ermyntrude Who may not be the brightest person but her good nature,generosity,and kindness make up for it and I love her character.Drama and all Throw in a Prince who is a gold digger,Mr Steel who is madly in love with her,her daughter Vicki who takes the quote The Whole World s a Stage literally she plays a new role depending on how she feels or what she wants to do that day,every day and a few other colorful characters and you got yo [...]
Buddy read with Kim.A lighthearted cosy mystery full of wonderfully eccentric people, high drama, red herrings and a very clever howdunit Definitely keeps you guessing to the end Not your usual detective novel, but great fun all the same.
I repeat I am not a fan of detective books But I must admit it is hard not to like Heyer s detective books although I am saying it after reading only two of them.I used to think that if one had taken a romance from Heyer s novels there would have remained not many of her charm But it isn t true.This book was a perfect Heyer s charm Funny, light, enjoyable, entertaining Reading it I wasn t only solving the mystery, I was enjoying charming language, meeting amusing characters and simply I have had [...]
This review is for the audiobook edition only.Ulli Birve did a fine job narrating this mystery overall In particular, her voice for Ermentrude was excellent However, for a few of the male characters such as the butler Peake and Inspector Cook , her narration was at times wooden.
2.5 stars.Not one of Ms Heyer s better works I had to rewind a couple of times in the beginning because there were too many characters being established with their background stories Took too long to get to the actual crime Only the last 1 3 of the book was interesting once the investigation started.
August 2016 reread with GH group I reread this book last summer and my review is below, the only changes being a drop to four stars because I found certain characters grating upon rereading, and the plot rather sluggish until Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard is brought in I understand why Heyer wrote it this way, and she does a masterful job setting the scene and introducing us to the fascinatingly off beat residents of Palings and the passions and conflicts that lead to a murder It s just [...]
Wow, this was not the book that I was hoping to read I struggled, literally struggled, to finish this book The problem way too much verbage not a word, I know The descriptions of dinners, clothes, you name it, was so over the top that I felt like screaming You could read pages and nothing happened I won t be rushing out to read another mystery by Heyer, but I will continue to read her Regency romance books because I really did enjoy those.
Wally Carter is a jerk He cheats on his wealthy wife Ermyntrude, squanders her money on shady schemes, and even asks her to pay off his pregnant girlfriend and then moans about how much it sucks for him that he s so broke he has to ask for her help with said blackmail He s ill tempered, greedy, and lecherous He s an indifferent guardian to his adult ward and heir Mary, and completely uninterested in his stepdaughter Vicky, a young would be actress with a penchant for making scenes and a fierce d [...]
In No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer tragedy befalls the Carter family during an eventful visit from a Russian prince There is talk of shady business deals, a scandalous blackmail letter arrives, and the grieving widow has a couple suitors already lining up to comfort her in her hour of need For it seems that no one much cares that Wally Carter was dead Certainly not Ermyntrude, his flamboyant wife After the scandals she s enduredwell, good riddance to bad rubbish Her impossibly intense teenag [...]
I liked this book because it seemed to have captured the very essence of English society of the time and it was just so accurately done I had no problems picturing the setting, the characters, and as I progressed with the story it just got interesting I loved the mystery aspect of this, it certainly did keep me guessing you re actually left until nearly the very end to learn who the culprit was I found myself always changing my mind on who might have done it some of my guesses were so outrageou [...]
Well, That Was A Thing That Happened.I am a huge fan ofGeorgette Heyer s Historical Romances, especially her Regencies, which are comedies of manners with a bit of love and a lot of humor I cannot count the number of times I ve readVENETIA,THE GRAND SOPHY,FREDERICA,ARABELLA,THE NONESUCH andFALSE COLOURS I have them in hardcover, paperback multiple versions , and eBook which at least the pages don t fall out of if you re re read it too much So you d think I would also be a fan of her mysteries, l [...]
Having only read one of her mysteries before, I must say I was pleased with this one too though it is certainly a slower boil than Behold, Here s Poison as her characters are always delightful, the dialogue banter witty and engaging and one can t help but feel very sorry for the Inspectors having to deal with this particular set of melodramatic country gentry The one bad thing about reading this mystery however is that I spent the first part of the book waiting for one of the character s to die [...]
Wally Carter, his ward Mary, his wife Ermyntrude, and her daughter Vicky are an odd bunch They are rich, thanks to Ermyntrude s first husband, but not very socially acceptable That is, until Ermyntrude secures a Georgian Prince to stay for the weekend During the visit, tempers flare and secrets come out and at the end of it all, Wally Carter has been shot dead Whodunit Vicky, the flighty would be actress who loves her mother Mary, Wally s sensible yet much put upon ward Ermyntrude, Wally s wife, [...]
This started off well, there were some interesting characters and the feel of the book was good, however it didn t completely satisfy too many other characters were added further along, some completely unessessary I did enjoy Ermintrude though, what hysterics Also Vicky who enjoyed posing Started off thinking Mary was a sensible character, but she lost it for me later on when she just disolved for no apparent reason Inspector Hemingway was good Scotland Yard material, and I enjoyed the way he so [...]
I liked the first book I read from this author Footsteps in the Dark so much that I knew this one wasn t going to be able to meet the same standards So it really never had a chance Most of the characters I didn t care about, including the man who gets killed, and I felt like it took SO long to get to the actual murder mystery that I almost lost interest in the book completely Also, I had already figured out who was going to be the murderer before the murder had even occured I did like the Scotla [...]
This author didn t write many mysteries, which is too bad because this one was wonderful She specialized in writing romance but don t think her mysteries follow that mold The plot was excellent, the characters great fun and the ending satisfying If you like British mystery a bit on the cozy side with humor and eccentric characters you ll LOVE this one.
A very enjoyable read I didn t guess who the murderer was which is a plus for me.
Will Carter is a man who isn t well liked, he married for money and he spends it like there s no tomorrow When he is shot dead there are plenty of suspects The first in the Inspector Hemingway formerly known as Sergeant , No Wind of Blame takes its time to get anywhere, I found this the least likeable of the Hannayside Hemingway books.