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Nated his wife her sister his house guests his wayward son even a desperate friend Of course his attentions t Oh this was so good Witty fun and completely engagingEntering Georgette Heyer s magical world of Regency romances was one darn good decision I made but branching out and trying some of her mysteries is definitely one as well The characters might not be uite so loveable the dialogue perhaps not as hilarious and there might not be as many clothing description and everyday details but on the other hand there is suspense secrets and the wonderful 1930 s English country house atmosphere Clever dialogue and eccentric characters who all had a motive for hating and murdering the victim are at the heart of this clever mystery There isn t much action and it s not spooky like Footsteps in the Dark but I guarantee it will keep you highly entertained and guessing until the last minute I had my suspicions but I was totally unable to guess all the particulars and I loved the feeling of being held on the edge of my seat until the last chapter When General Sir Arthur Billington Smith is found stabbed to death in his study it raises a lot of suspicion and a lot of uestions Any number of people could have done the deed but who actually did it His meek tired young wife who s had enough of being brow beaten at every turn Stephen Guest who has been in love with her for years Geoffrey the disinherited son who seemed to me to be unstable of mind the whole time La Lola la Diva who drove everybody batty ok me The very correct butler Camilla Halliday who only came over to flirt with the General Her jealous husband Basil Or could it be someone else from outside The Unfinished Clue had me wondering WHO IS IT the entire time and as soon as I thought maybe I d found the culprit something happened to throw my suspicions off a new track was embarked on by the detective and I was left guessing once again I strongly recommend it it s splendidly written and so cleverly conceived Buddy read with Christina D

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O one attractive young guest in plain view of her husband simply multiplied the possible suspects in his murd This is Georgette Heyer s third detective novel and I d actually forgotten how good it was If you like cosy English country house mysteries from the Golden Age of detective fiction then this one is for you One of Heyer s fortes was creating great characters and she certainly does that here General Sir Arthur Billington Smith is a truly ghastly man the kind of person we have all encountered and will avoid at all costs He s a bully intolerant bigoted rude and lascivious and it s a relief when someone kills him not a spoiler as the blurb of most editions tells you this much The mystery that follows is a clever one with almost every houseguest undersuspicion and some solid motives for doing the old curmudgeon in One of the things I loved about the book was Lola the Mexican dancer who has been brought to the weekend party by the General s son to whom she is engaged Lola alone is worth the price of the book and I have to say I am in complete agreement with Dorothy L Sayers who reviewed The Unfinished Clue in 1934 and saidAnd yet simply because it is written in a perfectly delightful light comedy vein the book is pure joy from start to finish Lola the fianc e by herself is worth the money and indeed all the characters from the Chief Constable to the Head Parlourmaid are people we know intimately and appreciatively from the first words they utter Miss Heyer has given us a sparkling conversation piece rich in chuckles and all we ask of the plot is that it should keep us going until the comedy is played out Hear hear Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the possible suspects in his murd This is Georgette Heyer s Settlers third detective novel and I d actually forgotten how good it was If you like cosy English country house mysteries from Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the Golden Age of detective fiction The Sphinx then Tidelands (Fairmile this one is for you One of Heyer s fortes was creating great characters and she certainly does Pretty Lucy Merwyn that here General Sir Arthur Billington Smith is a Strings truly ghastly man Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the kind of person we have all encountered and will avoid at all costs He s a bully intolerant bigoted rude and lascivious and it s a relief when someone kills him not a spoiler as Catch and Release the blurb of most editions Devils Paw (Imp, tells you Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, this much The mystery All Tied Up that follows is a clever one with almost every houseguest undersuspicion and some solid motives for doing The Film Snob*s Dictionary the old curmudgeon in One of In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the Tea Environments and Plantation Culture things I loved about 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the book was Lola Survive by the Team the Mexican dancer who has been brought Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, to Washington! (Wagons West, the weekend party by Tennessee! (Wagons West, the General s son Celebration! (Wagons West, to whom she is engaged Lola alone is worth Texas! (Wagons West, the price of I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the book and I have Revenge ni Miss Piggy to say I am in complete agreement with Dorothy L Sayers who reviewed The Unfinished Clue in 1934 and saidAnd yet simply because it is written in a perfectly delightful light comedy vein Breakfast Book the book is pure joy from start The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to finish Lola Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the fianc e by herself is worth A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the money and indeed all Card Concepts the characters from Schadenfreude the Chief Constable Emotional Victory to Still Life with Woodpecker the Head Parlourmaid are people we know intimately and appreciatively from Bo Knows Bo the first words Gender and Food they utter Miss Heyer has given us a sparkling conversation piece rich in chuckles and all we ask of Radio Silence the plot is Finer Women that it should keep us going until Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the comedy is played out Hear hear

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Everyone had a reason to hate the late Sir Arthur Billington Smith His arrogance and abrasive manner had alie One of the best benefits of a bad memory is the ability to reread mysteries I didn t remember this at all when I started rereading it I know I have read it as I own it and I love Heyer but nothing about the blurb seemed familiar About halfway through I suddenly did recall a big part of the solution though as it turned out not the guilty person but by that time I was caught up in the book could enjoy it even knowing as I thought whodunit So it was a fun surprise to find out I didn t know who did it after all at the end This is a wonderful Golden Age mystery first published in 1933 and it has the features which have become stereotypical for a country house murder mystery What lifts this one to above average is Heyer s characters such as Lola the Mexican cabaret dancer whom the son of the household has brought home as his fianc e Being a Heyer it is no surprise that there was a romantic subplot but it was unusually low key


10 thoughts on “The Unfinished Clue

  1. says:

    Could there be any greater happiness for a Heyer devotee to discover a book of hers that you haven't read one that is actually excellent Ok I have come back to earth now I powered through the book in less than 24 hoursBelieve anyone that tells you this is the best GH mystery it uite definitely isIt has everything I want in a murder mystery a loathsome victim a colourful cast of characters most of whom have plenty of motives to kill the unlo

  2. says:

    A tyrannical host found stabbed to death in his study a group of guests each having a reason to hate him and a young and clever detective from Scotland Yard The stage an English country house weekend interspersed with cocktails teas and politely traded barbs Written back in 1934 The Unfinished Clue is a classic Golden Age mystery

  3. says:

    One of the best benefits of a bad memory is the ability to reread mysteries I didn't remember this at all when I started rereading it I know I have read it as I own it and I love Heyer but nothing about the blurb seemed familiar About halfway through I suddenly did recall a big part of the solution though as it turned out not the guilty pers

  4. says:

    Oh this was so good Witty fun and completely engagingEntering Georgette Heyer's magical world of Regency romances was one darn good decision I made but branching out and trying some of her mysteries is definitely one as well The characters might not be uite so loveable the dialogue perhaps not as hilarious and there might not be as many clo

  5. says:

    My first Georgette Heyer book and I'll most definitely be back for Really enjoyed this whodunnit involving a large cast of

  6. says:

    My first foray into the murder mysteries of Georgette Heyer and it won't be my lastHeyer while better known for her regency and Georgian romances also wrote a fair number of mysteries along the lines of Agatha ChristieThis novel written in 1934 has all the classic elements of an English Golden Age mystery The bucolic country setting complete with stately home a rose garden and a staff of well trained servants w

  7. says:

    This is Georgette Heyer's third detective novel and I'd actually forgotten how good it was If you like cosy English country house mysteries from the Golden Age of detective fiction then this one is for you One of Heyer's fortes was creating great characters and she certainly does that here General Sir Arthur Bi

  8. says:

    For real is there anything as fun as an old fashioned murder mystery in an English country house They're like catnip to me to the extent that I've seen Gosford Park at least six times and aren't even close to getting sick of itSpeaking of which Georgette Heyer's The Unfinished Clue is almost a carbon copy of that movie We have a motley assortment of guests gathered together in a country home for the weekended they include the host

  9. says:

    Georgette Heyer best known for her Regency romances also wrote several mysteries and The Unfinished Clue was the first that I have read Actually I listened to the Audible audiobook narrated by Ulli Birve who also has narrated several other Heyer mysteries I thoroughly enjoyed this one and plan to try some of the othersGiven that I am a big fa

  10. says:

    Admitting you’re a murder mystery addict is sort of like admitting you buy bags of Fritos knowing you’re the only one in the house who will eat them You tell yourself “Maybe someone will drop in for lunchMaybe I’ll have some little kids over” but really you’re a just a pathetic chow hound I tell myself that mysteries exercise my brain somehow but we all know they’re just entertainment especially

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