Behold Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer
Just about every family member has some humorous aspect to his or her character, and putting them all in a room brings the worst out in them, making the family scenes — and there are many — the real highlight of the novel. A true detective story stars the detective; he can be any sort of detective, a police inspector or a PI, a sharp investigator or a drunken hack, but his personality drives the story and he becomes the hero or antihero, as the case may be through which the reader experiences the investigation and solution of the crime.
I rarely figure out who the killer is in better mysteries, but can always see how I should have figured it out once I reach the conclusion. I would just urge you not to look at this as a detective story or as a mystery, but more along the lines of what might happen if P. Wodehouse decided to try to satirize those genres. Along these lines, I would recommend The Suspicions of Mr. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper.
For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period.
It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting. After participating in the Jacobite Rising of , Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London.
Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.
Has she found her soul mate, or is she playing with fire? Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent.
Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry. 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. I thought the narration was fine enjoyedthe twist to the story line keeping up the intrigue to the end. A grumpy old man is murdered and everyone seem to have a motive. Inspector Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemmingway are called in to solve the case but soon find out, that its not as easy as they'd hoped.
The book is arguably Heyer's best detective novel. The parsimonious Miss Harriet, the manipulative Mrs.
Matthews and "the amiable snake", Randall Matthews, are unforgettable characters. By the last chapters I was wishing the author had killed off more of the leading characters, who were uniformly horrible, self-absorbed, arrogant, selfish, and supremely irritating in their smug pomposities.
I didn't find anything witty or likable in the story although it was well constructed and finely paced. The Inspector of this series was more of a prop than a moving force and even he became irritating in his complacence. I stuck it out to the end just to find out who did it but it wasn't easy. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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Oh yes. The characters have depth, the story keeps you guessing until the end and the narrator makes you part of the story. You bond with the characters and either love them, hate them, or feel annoyance. A huge plus is that there is no sex or violence What did you like best about this story?
The end. It was a total surprise. I suspected the killer at one time in the story, but I also guessed some of the other characters. Ulii was awesome. She gave the listeners an unusual look at the characters. Helping us to see them as humans with wit, emotions and complexities.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? So, I did listen all in one sitting. Any additional comments? I've read Georgette Heyer's romances since I was in my early 20's. I'm 68 now and am thrilled to have found her mysteries. They are well worth waiting for. As much as I generally enjoy Georgette Heyer, this book was extremely difficult to listen to without throwing it through a window.
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The only one of the characters in the least likable was the inspector. Never have I wanted an entire cast to be guilty Although Agatha Christie was the better known and best selling practitioner of this type of book I find ther is more depth and nuance in characterization in Heyer's works whereas Christie manipulates card board cut outs through her admittedly ingenious plots? Highly recommended for what is, an adept version of a type of mystery so frequently written in the day it virtually qualified as a cottage industry.
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The narrator is the icing on the cakes at the cream teas. What did you like best about Behold, Here's Poison? What did you like least? The good news is Georgette Heyer mysteries have been updated. Who was your favorite character and why? Enjoyed the story, great twist at the end.
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Was Behold, Here's Poison worth the listening time? While I am enjoying this series of mysteries, I wasn't sure about this one from a previous review by a fellow Audible listener. Apparently they weren't all that trilled with the cast of characters.
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My first thought was, well that's just typical British mystery casting. Now I'm sure, and glad I did. The twisted sister plot was well worth it. Extremely entertaining. Maybe just me. Birve is well worth it for the other Inspector books!
I listened to the first book and, being forewarned that most of the characters were unlikable, managed to enjoy the story. Apparently, having characters who possess not a single redeeming feature is considered witty. I listened to the first two chapters and half of the last hoping for some redeeming ending and could not stomach any more. I shall return it. 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!
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.
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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! I have already bought the next book in the series. 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.