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No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer
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No Wind of Blame (1939)

by Georgette Heyer

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A character-based crime novel, set in the late 1930s in a large mansion in rural England. Some delightfully over-the-top people mix with more mundane ones, and there's some dry humour to contrast with the serious nature of the underlying story.

Plenty of red herrings, most of which I spotted, and a somewhat complex resolution of the puzzle after the brilliant Inspector Hemingway admitted that he was confused. A novel with some social history as well as good interactions between unlikely people; overall a good read.

I don't find Heyer's crime fiction as compelling as her historical romances, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and am pleased to have found this book which completes my Heyer crime fiction collection.

Recommended if you like personality-driven light crime fiction somewhat in the Agatha Christie style. Don't, however, read the blurb on the back of this edition, as it gives rather too many spoilers. ( )
  SueinCyprus | May 21, 2018 |
This review is for the audiobook edition only (listened to CDs in 2017)

Ulli Birve did a fine job narrating this mystery overall. In particular, her voice for Ermentrude was excellent. However, for a few of the male characters (such as the butler Peake and Inspector Cook), her narration was at times wooden. ( )
  leslie.98 | Nov 15, 2017 |
Not Heyer's greatest mystery, but fun all the same.
  inge87 | Aug 1, 2017 |
Georgette Heyer's detective series is quite formulaic - a seemingly intractable case, a detective who is more brilliant than anybody else and an unlikely love story. This does not mean that the book is not a good read. It is still an easy read except for the technical details towards the end of the book when the case was being solved and Heyer's gratuitous use of adjectives. ( )
  siok | Jun 19, 2017 |
Wally Carter, his ward Mary, his wife Ermyntrude, and her daughter Vicky are an odd bunch. They are rich, thanks to Ermyntrude's first husband, but not very socially acceptable. That is, until Ermyntrude secures a Georgian Prince to stay for the weekend. During the visit, tempers flare and secrets come out--and at the end of it all, Wally Carter has been shot dead.
Whodunit?
Vicky, the flighty would-be actress who loves her mother?
Mary, Wally's sensible yet much put-upon ward?
Ermyntrude, Wally's wife, who has other suitors for her hand and has just discovered something ugly about Wally?
Hugh, Mary's friend who is sarcastic and clever enough to hide just about anything?
The Doctor, who Ermyntrude "did a good turn" in the past and has mysterious mood swings?
The Prince, who wants to marry Ermyntrude for her money?
Mr. Steel, who wants to marry Ermyntrude for herself?
Mr. White, who owes Wally a great deal of money?
Mr. Baker, who threatened Wally just the day before?

Or one of the many supporting characters? The novel shifts focus, from detailed description of the 1930s country house lifestyle, told from Mary's POV to a slightly wacky mystery, seen by Vicky, Hugh and a Scotland Yard Inspector. I think I was prejudiced against this by two factors: Dorothy Sayers did this ten times better, and I didn't like the romance that ends the book. That said, this is a nice little whodunit with some well-observed moments and one (Hugh) very likeable character.


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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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If you want to know how to shoot a man crossing a narrow bridge, without being near the murder weapon when it is fired, the answer lies in the masterly novel of detection. In No Wind of Blame Georgette Heyer once again shows that her amazing ingenuity is equal to the problem.
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The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible—no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up. The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, the neighbor who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow's emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there's the blackmail plot that may—or may not—be at the heart of the case…

PRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER:

"Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit."
Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."
Publishers Weekly

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to."
Katie Fforde

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Wally Carter's murder seems impossible--not one of the suspects was anywhere near the weapon at the time the shot was fired. Inspector Hemingway is confronted with a neglected widow, the neighbor who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, a patently phony Russian prince, and a case of blackmail that may--or may not--be at the heart of this most unusual case.… (more)

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