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

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I did enjoy this book of short stories set in Regency England. Duels, elopements, arranged marriages.... even a gothic suspense style story. Heyer's characterisation is excellent even in short stories, and her plotting, as always flawless.

I did roughly remember some of the outcomes or the stories as I read, but enjoyed reading them all the same. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
There's more action than usual in this Regency novel: clever plotting with a bit of mystery, and as ever with Heyer, an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

There are wonderfully drawn characters, although the opening pages are a bit long-winded, and for someone new to Heyer it can take a while to get into the dialect and descriptive language, even though it's apparently quite authentic.

The Earl of St Erth is a quiet, almost dandified young man who really doesn't like conflict; yet it appears that his half-brother Martin loathes him. Having read it so many times before I remembered the outcome, and even the last few scenes, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment at all.

I'd give it three and a half stars if I could. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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 |
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In the end, the quarrel, smouldering for so many weeks, flared up over such a trifle that anyone, Tom reflected, would have laughed to have known the cause. (Pistols for Two)
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CONTENTS:

Pistols for Two

A Clandestine Affair

Bath Miss

Pink Domino

A Husband for Fanny

To Have the Honour

Night at the Inn

The Duel

Hazard

Snowdrift

Full Moon
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 009947638X, Paperback)

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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