Inspector Hemingway 1
Genre: English Country House Mystery
Summery from Goodreads:
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.
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 yourself one heck of a fun story and that’s not even counting the murder.
I love Mary’s character. She is the common sense of the whole story. It’s always nice to have a sensible character among all the others who have a flair of drama about them. Dr.Chester is also sensible but that is about it. Georgette Heyer’s characters and writing style know no equal. Her books are always well written and entertaining. I don’t read much mystery but I am always up for one of Heyer’s. I never read any of her books without laughing and smiling though most of it.
I like that the murder doesn’t happen intil 100 and some pages in. It gives you time to get to know the characters and study them to try and guess who did it. I thought the whodunnit was great and enjoyed trying to figure out who did it. I enjoyed seeing Hemingway again but I miss his partner Hannasyde and their banter together.
Over all not my favorite mystery of hers but still great. If you enjoy Heyer’s writing or her other mysteries or just are looking for a good mystery I would recommend this book.
Rating:4 out of 5
Content Rating: PG
Nicole The Reading Rebel