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Pistols for Two by Georgette Heyer

Pistols for Two (original 1960; edition 2005)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Pistols for Two
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Arrow Books Ltd (2005), Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:historical fiction, British

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Pistols for Two and other stories by Georgette Heyer (1960)



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An collection of short stories about duels and elopements. Utterly ridiculous, but an entertaining light-hearted read nonetheless. ( )
  cazfrancis | Oct 18, 2014 |
Read during Fall 2004

A collection of Regency Romance short stories with one mystery thrown in. Rather predictable and more references to trips to Gretna Green than I could ever imagine but fun.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
This collection features eleven short stories of light fiction set during England's regency period. The main themes are unwanted marriages, planned elopements to Gretna Green, and cross purposes.

'Night at the Inn' is quite different to the other stories, featuring two men and a lady - strangers to each other - staying at a dingy inn, run by a seemingly friendly couple. It is the darkest tale of the batch and had Ms Heyer decided to develop this into a novel it would probably be of the crime genre - even horror, depending how she dealt with it. It certainly has potential to be expanded.

The other ten stories are humorous with good dialogue interaction between the characters. Although I didn't find any of the tales gripping, I did find them entertaining. Worth reading if you like this type of genre. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Dec 13, 2013 |
Pistols for Two is a collection of Georgette Heyer short stories. All are Regency, most are romances with a few other genres tossed in for good measure. A bit some something for everyone really. Unless you want Westerns. Cowboys weren't really her thing.


"Pink Domino" - A rebellious sister and a case of mistaken identity create a night to remember for one put-upon London bachelor.

"A Husband for Fanny" - Mrs. Wingham has been saving all her pennies to give her daughter a London season and has even found her the perfect man. But does Fanny have other ideas?

"The Duel" - Can Dorothea save her brother from certain death in tomorrow's duel?

"Hazard" - After a long night of drinking and gambling, a brother puts his sister up as hazard. Surely he never expected that she would go along with the scheme.

"Snowdrift" - Two cousins race each other to Bath, but when the stage overturns into a snowdrift, it seems like neither will make it in time. ( )
  inge87 | Oct 26, 2013 |
Georgette Heyer's only collection of short stories, Pistols for Two offers eleven charming tales, each a little bon-bon that both satisfies and tantalizes. Compact and self-contained, each of these stories will involve and entertain the reader, before bringing matters to a satisfactory conclusion. The delights contains herein include:

Pistols for Two, in which lifelong friends Tom and Jack find themselves confronting one another across a dueling field, fighting for the right to court a woman whom neither of them really loves. Heyer's delicate but pointed sense of humor is in full force here...

A Clandestine Affair, in which Lord Iver and Miss Elinor Tresilian, two bitterly estranged lovers, find themselves reconciled while trying to prevent the elopement of their respective wards. This was a very satisfying tale of love lost and found...

Bath Miss, in which Sir Charles Wainfleet finds himself in charge of the mischievous Miss Massingham, when he agrees to do a favor for his mother's friend. The chance meeting with Wainfleet's fiancée may have felt somewhat improbable, but the heroine of the piece was delightful!

Pink Domino, in which Mr Wrexham of Lyonshall finds the woman of his dreams at a masquerade ball, while trying to protect his younger sister from a fortune-hunter. I was surprised that Heyer used the "love at first sight" trope, as she usually avoids it, but its inclusion here did not seem inappropriate.

A Husband For Fanny, in which the widowed Mrs Wingham mistakes the intentions of the Marquis of Harleston, and almost loses her only chance at love. One of Heyer's rare romances involving an "older" woman...

To Have The Honor, in which Lord Allerton comes home from war to discover that his estates are badly mortgaged, and that he is expected to marry his wealthy cousin. A tale of two young people who love one another, but won't tell each other...

Night At The Inn, in which two young people find themselves staying at the same sinister inn one foggy night. Far more gruesome than the other stories in the collection, this was more of a mystery-thriller than a romance...

The Duel, in which the impetuous Miss Dorothea Saltford finds her way to the home of Lord Rothersfield late one night, in order to beg him to spare her brother's life in an upcoming duel. Sheer improbable fun!

Hazard, in which Miss Helen Morland is won in a game of cards by the Marquis of Carlington. I have never been fond of this plot device, and this was the sole story in the collection that I didn't love...

Snow Drift, in which Miss Sophy Trent enlists the aid of that bored man of fashion, Sir Julian Arden, in reaching Bath in time to "win" a fortune. Another road-trip adventure par excellence!

And finally, Full Moon, in which Lord Stavely unexpectedly finds himself assuring Miss Annabella Abingdon that she does not have to elope with her best friend in order to escape him... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 24, 2013 |
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Pistols for Two

A Clandestine Affair

Bath Miss

Pink Domino

A Husband for Fanny

To Have the Honour

Night at the Inn

The Duel



Full Moon
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Affairs of honour, affairs of the heart, and all the gallantry, villainy and elegance of the age that Georgette Heyer has made her own are exquisitely revived in these eleven short stories of the Regency.

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'Pistols for Two' contains 11 stories of the Regency. They feature affairs of honour between bucks and blades, rakes and rascals; and affairs of the heart between heirs and orphans, beauties and bachelors - all the romance and intrigue of the age.

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