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Duplicate Death (Country House Mysteries) (original 1951; edition 2010)

by Georgette Heyer (Author)

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Title:Duplicate Death (Country House Mysteries)
Authors:Georgette Heyer (Author)
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2010), Edition: Reissue, 352 pages
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Up until chapter Seven I actually hated the book, I didn't care a fig about the people or their doings or goings-on..... It was more than boring and I didn't see any mystery what-so-ever...

Then came chapter Seven and we finally get a murder. Then we're introduced to Chief Inspector Hawthorn & Inspector Grant and things become interesting:

Mrs. Haddington & her impossible temper-tantrum daughter have for some obscure reason been introduced to Society by Mrs. Nest. Mrs. Nest even sponsored the girl's coming-out.

Mrs Haddingon's smart-mouthed secretary, Beulah, has a guilty secret, but Terrible Timothy, who helped solve a case w/ Inspector Hawthorne when he was a lad, is madly in love w/ Beulah and refuses to accept her denial of him.

On the night Mrs. Haddington has her grand bridge party, her confidant Dan Seaton-Carew, takes a private telephone call in the boudoir only to be found strangled to death by a length of picture hanging wire...

Days later, Mrs Haddington is found murdered in a "duplicate" manner after a series of three questionable visitors....

The plot & story lines were quite good, but the majority of the characters, and chapters One-Six almost ruined it for me, thus the - ★.

I will be reading more of Heyer's mysteries. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 21, 2019 |
Enjoyable mystery but Heyer's old-fashioned snobbery and attitudes are in every word of the book. Very class conscious. Inspector Hemenway is a treat though and the mystery was very well-fashioned. None of this having the villain explain everything at the end of the book as s/he prepares to murder someone else. I've always liked Heyer's work but the snobbery, etc., is more obvious and obnoxious in a book set after WW II than in the those set in the Regency period. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Dec 29, 2017 |
After you've read a few Heyer mysteries, you can usually figure out who the murderer will be, if not the why. This one kept me guessing however. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
A complex plot for a short novel, involving a huge number of characters and two rather unpleasant murders.

Of course, Georgette Heyer is excellent at characterisation, but the sheer volume of people meant that several of them simply weren't memorable. So when the mystery was solved, it didn't feel very satisfying.

Not bad for a light read - perhaps three and a half stars would be a fairer rating - but nowhere near the standard of this author's other novels. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Not my cup of tea ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 15, 2015 |
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London is the scene for a card party given by a social-climbing hostess. Suddenly, the seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge is interrupted by a double murder, both victims murdered by the same sinister method, strangled with picture wire. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? And, what was the connection between the first, a mysterious man of the world, and the second, an ambitious widow? Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him, and the odds of solving this crime are stacked up against him.

Things become even more complicated when Miss Beulah Birtley, the fiancée of the inspector's young friend Timothy Kane, becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady's innocence-but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it's more than a little bit shady... That morning, Miss Beulah bought the weapon. Before supper, she had spit out her hatred for the victim in poisonous--and public--words. And at the party, she was the last to see him alive. They found him slumped in a chair-his handsome head lolling forward on his well-cut dinner jacket--his florid face hideously distorted. A horrible death, observed the Inspector. But very simple for a young lady like Beulah to arrange... Mrs. Haddington, the second victim, is found strangled in the exact same spot where one of her daughter's many suitors had also been strangled. Fortunately, the first-rate detective doesn’t miss a trick.
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A civilized game of Duplicate Bridge ends in a double murder in which both victims were strangled with picture wire. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? The odds of solving this crime are stacked up against Inspector Hemingway. Fortunately, the first-rate detective doesn’t miss a trick.

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Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder, and the fiancée of a friend becomes Hemmingway's prime suspect.

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