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Behold, Here's Poison [Paperback]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

Feb. 3 2009
'Experience Georgette Heyer's sparkling dialogue in one of her most popular mysteries.'

It's no ordinary morning at the Poplars - the master is found dead in his bed and it turns out that his high blood pressure was not the cause of death. Heyer uses her attention to detail and brilliant characterizations to concoct a baffling crime for which every single member of the quarrelsome family has a motive, and none, of course, has an alibi. Heyer's sparkling dialogue is a master class in British wit, sarcasm and the intricacies of life above and below stairs.

'Meet the Matthews - before the next one dies… '
It's no ordinary morning at the Poplars - the master is found dead in his bed, and it seems his high blood pressure was not the cause. When an autopsy reveals a sinister poison, it's up to the quietly resourceful Inspector Hannasyde to catch the murderer in time to spare thenext victim. But every single member of the quarrelsome Matthews family has a motive and none, of course, has an alibi.

PRAISE FOR 'BEHOLD, HERE'S POISON' :

"Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me… I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go.'" - Dorothy L. Sayers

"The wittiest of detective writers." -Daily Mail

"The ingredients are so well and carefully mixed, the writing is so bright, and the solution so unexpected that the book achieves success and remains one no reader can fail to enjoy." -Manchester Guardian

"A marvelous melange of malice, murder, mystery, and mirth. Priceless!" - Saturday Review

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Although her contemporaries Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh got more attention, Heyer (1902-1974) also was an important pioneer in the mystery field. When she wasn't writing her more famous historical romances, Heyer turned out several sharp and satirical mysteries such as this one, which in many ways is as bracingly modern as the film Gosford Park in its treatment of life above and below stairs in a posh country house. The excellent British television actor Dickson, probably best known to American audiences for his performance in A&E's The Scarlet Pimpernel, perfectly catches both the edge and depth of Heyer's writing, as he creates dozens of characters who differ subtly in age, sex and-most importantly-class, in this story of a poisoning and its aftermath. Dickson's solid, no-nonsense reading of Inspector Hannasyde, Heyer's quietly impressive sleuth, might make listeners long for a video version somewhere down the road.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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[I]t makes for a deliciously voyeuristic reading experience. (Word Candy 2009-03-30)

The way the whole book is written just gave me this feeling of unadulterated pleasure and I am positive that when I wasn't laughing I had a grin on my face all the while reading. (Lilianna Swistek Reading Extravaganza 2009-05-01)

The ending was quite unexpected and that's what made The Unfinished Clue all the more delicious. This delightful book is, in my humble opinion, a perfect remedy for a gloomy mood and a thing to enjoy on a summer day at the beach... (Liliana Swistek)

[A]n entertaining little murder mystery with a "Clue" sort of vibe to it. (Amy Bruno Passages to the Past 2009-05-19)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer is always a great bet! Aug. 16 2002
Format:Paperback
Although she cannot be called a great mystery plotter (the murderer is highly unlikely and there is a dire lack of clues), her characters make up for any defects. The lovely dispicable Randall, is hilarious one of my favorite Heyer unheroes. I prefer her Regencies but the mysteries are highly palatable as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it June 16 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Georgette Heyer - you can't go wrong with any of her books - Regency or detective - love 'em all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder by Deception July 26 2007
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Behold, Here's Poison" by Georgette Heyer is a story that lingers in the mind. I read this book many years ago, but had the wrong author in mind when searching for it to reread. It was a delight to rediscover this clever story with a murder weapon I've never seen used in another story.
Her characters dance from the opening page as real people we'd never meet except between the covers of a book. This is the second appearance of Supertindent Hannasyde as he struggles to deal with vivid "dingbats" and less than helpful relatives who will do their dam-est to protect the family name and foul his investigation. Randall Matthews is so finely drawn he is best described by his beloved as a "amiable viper."
A comic read, which will find a place on your shelf of "keepers," if for no other reason than to study the exquisite art of the English verbal insult.
Nash Black, author of "Qualifying Laps" and "Sins of the Fathers."
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer is always a great bet! Aug. 16 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although she cannot be called a great mystery plotter (the murderer is highly unlikely and there is a dire lack of clues), her characters make up for any defects. The lovely dispicable Randall, is hilarious one of my favorite Heyer unheroes. I prefer her Regencies but the mysteries are highly palatable as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bet You Can't Guess! Sept. 22 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The plot is not great, but the other qualities in the book make up for this deficiency. Her characters are charming and well-developed, and you'd never guess who the murderer is - although that may be because it's so unlikely. One of my favourite Heyer mysteries, along with Why Shoot A Butler and The Unfinished Clue. If you liked Heyer's mysteries, you could also try Mary Stewart, who writes suspense/romance as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Characters Dec 4 2009
By Caroline - Published on Amazon.com
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My Sister read this before I did and warned me to re-read it a second time for fuller enjoyment. She was right. Once I knew what to expect I just sat back and enjoyed the banter. I believe this one might just be my favorite Heyer mystery, not for the mystery so much but for the characters especially the "Un-Hero", his witty insults are excellent in the extreme - to be enjoyed even cherished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading mystery.... Aug. 4 2009
By Marilyn G. Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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I love to read British mysteries and try to always reserve time to read during breakfast and about an hour or two after. Then I have other things I must get done. 'Behold Here's Poison' Just would not let me get other things done! I'd put it down and soon find it calling to me, causing me to drop whatever work I was doing to discover the next delicious clue, the next character reveal, the next fun bit of dialogue and so on.
I admit it, I do enjoy a bit of romance with my mystery and this had just enough--but that hero! Or was he the villain? I loved the dry wit of him, but the arrogance, the snootiness...or was it simply his way of seeing through so much family pretentiousness? Oh, well, the characters were all of such disorder and varying degrees of crazy-yet-sane, that following them around made for a fun read, and also made the progression of the clues all the more interesting. And what unusual poison. And the heroine was likable and strong and, given the time period (1930s), feminine and apt to turn around for help. I like that she didn't do stupidly dangerous things. And I liked the determined policeman, too.
This was a most enjoyable read, amusing, baffling and hard to put down. And the route of getting to the solution was the best part, so this is a mystery I will relish reading again one day.
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