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Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer

Footsteps in the Dark (original 1932; edition 2007)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Footsteps in the Dark
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Arrow (2007), Paperback, 352 pages
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Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer (1932)



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Well that wasn't what I expected! I'm working my way through the library's collection of Heyer books on audio book. I did wonder form the title how this would turn into a Regency romance, and even more so when the cover appeared to be a couple in 20s attire. Well it turns out that it isn't - seems Heyer also wrote a pretty good mystery!
Set between the war, a well to do family has inherited a house in the country, and so move in. Then some rather odd things start happening... They start off being entirely rational, but as the sightings and incidents increase, so the belief that this has a supernatural explanation starts to grow. There is a touch of romance, which had me clapping my hands in delight (really shouldn't do that while driving) and it all ends in a most satisfactory manner. The characters are appealing, and there are enough possible villains and solutions to keep me guessing until fairly close to the conclusion. Thoroughly enjoyable. ( )
1 vote Helenliz | Mar 11, 2015 |
I could not bring myself to continue with this after the first couple of chapters. There were just endless conversations about whether or not mysterious noises in an old house were caused by a ghost or not. I do not care.
  pgchuis | Aug 24, 2014 |
This book is dated, but that's part of the charm. I'd characterize it as Scooby-Doo meets cozy British country house, set in the period between the wars. ( )
  iBeth | Jul 26, 2014 |
Very slow to start - the characters were not the idiots I've been struggling with in other Heyer mysteries (Celia was foolish, but not the madcap foolishness of the drama queen in They Found Him Dead or the privileged foolishness of the whole lot in Death in the Stocks), but I still had a hard time connecting or being interested in any of them. But I slogged through, and eventually Peter and Margaret and Strange began to display humanlike characteristics. Just in time for Strange to turn into an utter idiot for obvious reasons, of course. Amazingly stupid cryptic utterances. Then the climax, in the leadup to which both Margaret and Peter behaved like horror movie characters, but interesting and well-done. I had figured out who the Monk was likely to be, but only likely. And the obvious happy-ever-after at the end. Not wonderful, but not bad - better than many of the other Heyer mysteries. This one I might even reread. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Mar 28, 2014 |
The women were called "girls," even if they were married to "men." The "girls" gushed and shrieked and were gullible, stupidly romantic, and easily led. Anybody who was not an upperclass male main character was foolish, superstitious, venal, or outright criminal. I was bored, bored, bored, and a little disappointed, because the reviews seemed to promise something a little sparkly and frivolous. I couldn't get past the notion that I was reading a Scooby Doo episode set in 1932. It gets one extra star for one creepy scene featuring a character who probably shouldn't go alone through the house with just a candle to light her way, but...she really needs something to read. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
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The Priory may be ramshackle in appearance, but Peter, Margaret and Celia, who inherited it from their uncle, love it for its rambling charm. But there's more to this house than is at first apparent: for years hardly a single person has set foot in the place, and even their uncle chose to live in a different house, far away from this particular property.
Local wisdom says that the house is haunted. And when things start going bump in the night, it certainly seems as if something ghostly is walking the Priory's halls. Then a murder is committed. Does the key to solving the crime lie in the realm of the supernatural? Or is the explanation much more down to earth?
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The ramshackle old house, with its rambling charm is beloved of Peter, Margaret and Celia, who have inherited it from their uncle. But local wisdom says The Priory is haunted. Then a murder is committed. Does the key to the crime lie in the realm of the supernatural? Or is the explanation much more down to earth?

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Bright and effervescent. -The Time s Literary Supplement What begins as an adventure soon becomes a nightmare... Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle-and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday. But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumors are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator, or will they uncover a far more corporeal culprit? What Readers Are Saying: One of the best stories Mrs. Heyer ever concocted, and of course written in her own inimitable style, with plenty of wit and dry humor. Spine-tingling enjoyment. Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband, Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterization.… (more)

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