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No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway #1)

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Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince and a scandalous blackmail letter. The murder of Wally Carter is a bewildering mystery — how does one shoot a man crossing a narrow bridge without being near the murder weapon when it is fired? The analytical Inspector Hemingway reveals his unnerving talent for solving a fiendish problem.
Paperback, 266 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Berkley (first published 1939)
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This was not one of Heyer's better mysteries. I found it tedious and slow with absolutely no suspense. Along with dull characters, some of which were loopy and made me dizzy. Not a good mix.

I found myself not caring who the murderer was, whether he would be caught or not and I didn't care either way with the romances. The 'heroes' were both duds. They were dull and stodgy. The heroines were on opposite spectrums from each other. Mary, was frankly just a bit too perfect. Only the immatur
A buddy read with my friend Jemidar and worth closer to 3 1/2 stars.

The third last novel in my 2011 Heyer mysteries reading project, this is neither my favourite nor my least favourite of these novels.

I'll start with what I liked about it. As with all of Heyer's mysteries - and most of her other novels - this novel features seriously eccentric characters who engage in witty banter while doing strange things. If anything, the eccentricity is ramped up in this novel and I was kept laughing, whic
One of the pleasures of reading is that you can do things through books you'd never want to do in real life - like climb Mt. Everest or survive a concentration camp. Perhaps that's why I enjoy this book so much. I'm thankful I've never spent the weekend with a fortune-hunting Russian Prince, a young man who despises his father and insists on telling everyone about it, and a girl who treats all of life as dramatic theater - not to mention a murderer. Yet I find time spent with this book delightfu ...more
Here we see a handover of Detectives from Hannasyde to Hemingway. Heyer is being very interested in distinctions of class here, ranging her characters from county to not quite-quite to rather suss and there is definitely something a little uncomfortable about how the county are privately amused by Ermyntrude but willing to associate with her to get money out of her.

There is a lot of humour to be had out of the character of Vicki, who is rather similar to Neville from A Blunt Instrument - deliber
Rating clarification: 2.5 stars

This was the second Heyer mystery I've read. While not as enjoyable or well constructed as The Unfinished Clue, it managed to entertain me (barely), but it clearly wasn't her best work. I would suggest to any reader not to make this your first Heyer mystery, however.

Surprisingly enough, after having recently stated in my review for The Unfinished Clue that I can never manage to deduce whodunit, I was able to peg this killer down almost as soon as the deed was done,

Buddy read with Kim :-).

A lighthearted cosy mystery full of wonderfully eccentric people, high drama, red herrings and a very clever 'howdunit.' Definitely keeps you guessing to the end. Not your usual detective novel, but great fun all the same.

Nicole D.
Wally is a good for nothing slob who lives off his rich wife Ermyntrude. Who may not be the brightest person but her good nature,generosity,and kindness make up for it and I love her character.Drama and all. Throw in a Prince who is a gold digger,Mr Steel who is madly in love with her,her daughter Vicki who takes the quote The Whole World's a Stage literally(she plays a new role depending on how she feels or what she wants to do that day,every day)and a few other colorful characters and you got ...more
Delia Binder
Well, That Was A Thing That Happened....

I am a huge fan of Georgette Heyer Georgette Heyer's Historical Romances, especially her Regencies, which are comedies of manners with a bit of love and a lot of humor. I cannot count the number of times I've read Venetia by Georgette Heyer VENETIA, The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer THE GRAND SOPHY, Frederica by Georgette Heyer FREDERICA, Arabella by Georgette Heyer ARABELLA, The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer THE NONESUCH and False Colours by Georgette Heyer FALSE COLOURS - I have them in hardcover, paperback (multiple versions), and eBook (which at least the pages don't fall out of if you re-re-read it too much!). So - you'd think I wou
Natasha M.
Having only read one of her mysteries before, I must say I was pleased with this one too (though it is certainly a slower boil than Behold, Here's Poison) as her characters are always delightful, the dialogue/banter witty and engaging and one can't help but feel very sorry for the Inspectors having to deal with this particular set of melodramatic country gentry. The one bad thing about reading this mystery however is that I spent the first part of the book waiting for one of the character's to d ...more
Alexis Neal
Apr 18, 2015 Alexis Neal rated it liked it
Wally Carter is a jerk. He cheats on his wealthy wife Ermyntrude, squanders her money on shady schemes, and even asks her to pay off his pregnant girlfriend (and then moans about how much it sucks for him that he's so broke he has to ask for her help with said blackmail). He's ill-tempered, greedy, and lecherous. He's an indifferent guardian to his adult ward (and heir) Mary, and completely uninterested in his stepdaughter Vicky, a young would-be actress with a penchant for making scenes and a f ...more
Mar 31, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
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.
Vicky, the flighty would-be actress who loves her mother?
Mary, Wally's sensible yet much put-upon ward?
Ermyntrude, Wally's
Jul 16, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-mystery
In No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer tragedy befalls the Carter family during an eventful visit from a Russian prince. There is talk of shady business deals, a scandalous blackmail letter arrives, and the grieving widow has a couple suitors already lining up to comfort her in her hour of need. For it seems that no one much cares that Wally Carter was dead. Certainly not Ermyntrude, his flamboyant wife. After the scandals she's endured...well, good riddance to bad rubbish! Her impossibly intens ...more
Carol Kerry-green
This started off well, there were some interesting characters and the feel of the book was good, however it didn't completely satisfy - too many other characters were added further along, some completely unessessary. I did enjoy Ermintrude though, what hysterics! Also Vicky who enjoyed posing. Started off thinking Mary was a sensible character, but she lost it for me later on when she just disolved for no apparent reason. Inspector Hemingway was good Scotland Yard material, and I enjoyed the way ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I liked the first book I read from this author (Footsteps in the Dark) so much that I knew this one wasn't going to be able to meet the same standards. So it really never had a chance. Most of the characters I didn't care about, including the man who gets killed, and I felt like it took SO long to get to the actual murder mystery that I almost lost interest in the book completely. Also, I had already figured out who was going to be the murderer before the murder had even occured. I did like the ...more
Hannah Cobb
Apr 24, 2015 Hannah Cobb added it
Shelves: mystery
An English country estate is thrown into turmoil when Wally Carter is shot on his way to tea. Wally's family--his wife, who he cheated on; his stepdaughter Vicky, who barely knew him; and his cousin Mary, who was his dependent--are left scrambling to untangle the unsavory mess Wally left in his wake, including the all-important question of who shot him. Was it the visiting Russian prince? The family doctor? The honorable man who had loved Wally's ill-treated wife for years? The disreputable gamb ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it
Inspector Hemingway is brought in to solve the killing of a man who was a really good candidate to be a murder victim. Wally found it difficult to tell the truth but very easy to worm money out of his wealthy wife. He appears to be someone who did not endear himself to others and generally was not trusted by a soul who knew him.

When one sunny day he is shot and killed, there are many viable suspects.

This is a well developed plot. Ms Heyer created a story to lead the reader down a very interestin
Jan 30, 2010 Staci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Wow, this was not the book that I was hoping to read. I struggled, literally struggled, to finish this book. The problem---way too much verbage (not a word, I know). The descriptions of dinners, clothes, you name it, was so over the top that I felt like screaming. You could read pages and nothing happened. I won't be rushing out to read another mystery by Heyer, but I will continue to read her Regency romance books because I really did enjoy those.
May 23, 2012 Helen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked it. It is very witty. The interplay between Mary, Ermintrude, and Vicki is very interesting and makes a subtle point on class and how people treat each other.

No wind of blame is a quote from Hamlet. In context Claudius plots to murder Hamlet in such a way that it will be deemed an accident.
Jun 30, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
"No Wind of Blame" is a historical mystery set in 1939 in England. The characters were more believable (or less odd) and funnier than in some of Heyer's mysteries. Readers turned off by one of those mysteries might still enjoy this novel.

I did correctly guess whodunit and how simply because I'd just read a suspense novel by another author that used a similar method. The mystery was clever. It had some good "slight of hand" that looked like hidden clues that pointed in another direction so I was
Diane Parfitt
Jan 06, 2016 Diane Parfitt rated it it was ok
I love mysteries and I especially like ones that keep me guessing which this one did. I was a bit disappointed in the results however. The stereotypical British characters were too pat for my taste. The most likable character, Mary, is treated unfairly by the author I think and the spoiled brat daughter and her equally frivolous mother get everything they want. I listened to this on audio and the reader did an excellent job so I did enjoy listening to it but I would have like a little more meat ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read somewhere recently that much of the pleasure in reading a great book is reading it at the right time, and that was certainly true for me in this case! I have collected an read many of Georgette Heyer's Regencies and mysteries, but this was one I couldn't get into when I tried to read it a couple years ago. This time, when I really needed a sure-fire entertaining read, Heyer really came through for me with this almost farcical Golden Age country house mystery.

Inspector Hemingway of Scotlan
Sep 30, 2014 A.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Wally Carter is shot as he crosses the narrow bridge from his house to a neighbour’s. There is a very long list of suspects; his ward Mary - he keeps her money, pays her a small allowance and she lives with his new wife, his wife Ermyntrude - he has just asked her to pay off the brother of a girl he has got pregnant, his step daughter, Vicky - angry with how he treats her mother, Mr Steele - in love with Ermyntrude Carter since he met her, Mr. White the neighbour he was going to visit - they hav ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Gwenyth rated it really liked it
Imagine that Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse had a daughter, and you'll more or less get the tone of this mystery novel. It's light and fun but also very competently written- like her detective, Heyer works so quietly and efficiently in the background that it's easy to miss how good she is.

Only about half about the book is spent working through the whodunit - the other half is spent just having fun with her characters. That seems to be about the pacing of her other mystery novels too. In thi
Nov 10, 2009 Lucy rated it liked it
As you know, I mostly read books based on history (fiction and non-fiction) as well as literary and regency…this one was none of the above. I read it because it was a Georgette Heyer one and I just couldn’t pass it up. I figured that I love a good mystery, humour and Heyer- so I made the exception and took the plunge into a 20th c read. Blame it on Georgie…

No Wind of Blame is an hysterically funny murder mystery. Who gets killed? No other than the most inconsiderate, obnoxious, good for-nothing,
I liked this book because it seemed to have captured the very essence of English society of the time and it was just so accurately done I had no problems picturing the setting, the characters, and as I progressed with the story it just got more interesting.

I loved the mystery aspect of this, it certainly did keep me guessing! you're actually left until nearly the very end to learn who the culprit was. I found myself always changing my mind on who might have done it (some of my guesses were so o
Christine (booktumbling)
Nov 09, 2009 Christine (booktumbling) rated it liked it
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No Wind of Blame (Georgette Heyer) is a rollicking murder mystery full of colorful players and numerous plot twists. The first quarter of the book is devoted to introducing the reader to the vast array of characters. The descriptions are not overt. Yes, the usual physical details are given but the true nature of each individual is cleverly exposed through dialogue and reactions to situations and each other. Ermyntrude, the drama-queen of a widow, Prince Alexis who blatantly expresses his desire ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book is less formulaic than her very first mysteries. The people are more varied and complex. The Carter Family of four is wealthy but not born to it. Ermyntrude married old money but her first husband died. Being a simple hearted good woman she was fooled into marrying Wally Carter who quickly lost any redeeming qualities in associating with his leeching cousin, Harold White.
Ermyntrude is still a lovely and very wealthy women so many men come to pay court on the off chance a divorce is im
Jun 23, 2010 Viccy rated it liked it
Georgette Heyer is known for her Regency romances; she single-handedly invented the genre. She also wrote several delicious English country house mysteries. This is the first of three books that feature Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard. It is the prototypical Golden Age mystery: the murder doesn't happen until the middle of the book and the brilliant, eccentric Scotland Yard detective solves the case after the bumbling country police force cannot. Ermyntrude Carter is fabuously weathy. Her s ...more
Jules Jones
Jul 13, 2012 Jules Jones rated it really liked it
First of the Inspector Hemingway series of mysteries. Another of Heyer's tales of murder amongst the wealthy in 1930s England, this one is seen primarily through the eyes of Mary, the younger cousin and ward of Wally Carter, a man who has married an extremely wealthy and somewhat vulgar widow. Ermyntrude was an actress before she married her first husband, and is inclined to histrionics at home, but is also a kind and generous woman who has offered Mary a permanent home and a position as her sec ...more
Sarah Ryburn
**** 1/2

Hilarious, great fun! Heyer's characters are larger-than-life, boisterous, and outrageous; but her who-dunnit mystery plot, in my humble estimation, belongs to the rank and file of no less than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself! I laughed out loud at the antics of Vicky Fanshaw even as I puzzled over the murder mystery. Heyer took me totally by surprise. There's a love triangle (Vicky-Mary-Hugh Derring) to add a romantic subplot, but its break-neck pace seems designed deliberately to tip th
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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