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Duplicate Death (Inspector Hemingway #3)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,017 ratings  ·  82 reviews
An elegant card party turns deadly...

Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector's young friend Timothy Kane becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Arrow (first published 1951)
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Hannah
Another nice foray into Georgette Heyer's mystery collection. I enjoyed the return of two characters from one of Heyer's earlier books: Jim Kane and "Terrible Timothy" Harte. Timothy, an impish 14 year old in They Found Him Dead, is now all grown up, has seen action in WWII, and is now a young up and coming attorney in love with what his family believes is "the wrong sort of girl". Her name is Beulah ( BEULAH!! ) Birtley, and she's the personal assistant/secretary to the waspish socialite Mrs. H ...more
Tweety
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you really, really like Georgette heyer mystery
This is a slow building mystery. Yes, its Good… Except that I knew who the murderer was before I was half way through. And it was Slow. Did I already say that?

I'd love to tell you which characters I liked, but I don't want to spoil the mystery. I can say that Timothy was very likable, and so was his sweetheart.

Then there was Cynthia. I have not come across such a spoiled rotten brat in a long, long time. In the end I was sorry for her. But it took till the very end. The last chapter I am not eve
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Patty
"...Mrs. Haddington's servants were at one in declaring that murders were not what they were accustomed to, or could put up with."p. 223

There once was this land called England where the upper class knew their role and their servants knew how to keep them in their place. As far as I can tell, if we hadn't had World War II, this England might still exist. The only fly in the ointment is that every so often, folks with money that they made in some vulgar way, come along and knock this world off its
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Sheila Beaumont
Duplicate Death is an entertaining mystery with a cast of interesting characters, some likable, some not, that involves a murder at a bridge party.

Before you start this book, it's a good idea to first read the author's 1937 mystery They Found Him Dead, in which you'll meet some of the characters 14 years earlier, including Chief Inspector (then Sergeant) Hemingway, my favorite of Georgette Heyer's detectives. Another character who shows up in both books is the very likable Timothy Harte, who is
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Alexis Neal
Murder! At a bridge party, no less! The cast of characters includes a barrister, a Lady, a secretary, a spoiled debutante, a Communist, a businessman, a ballet aficionado, a wealthy widow/parvenu, and a charming gentleman with no visible means of support. When one of them winds up strangled at during an evening of duplicate bridge, it's up to the brusque-but-intelligent Inspector Hemingway (with an assist from his Scottish assistant Grant) to figure out who done it!

Man, I forgot how fun Georget
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Sharla
I rarely read a book with a plot this fascinating to follow. The characters were pretty good, if a bit stereotyped. There is clever conversation and humor, which I always enjoy. The whole thing hangs together wonderfully.
Karina
I had to keep saying 'she was of her time' under my breath to be able to finish the book - the horrible prejudices of the author's time and class were so repellent. I'm usually fine, once the writing is good, but this time Chief Inspector Hemingway, and many other characters, were so vile about homosexual characters that I found it difficult to stomach. Maybe it just caught me on the raw what with everything that's happening now, and more knowledge of what life was like back then for a gay man, ...more
Deborah
I am a huge Georgette Heyer fan.
I really enjoyed this book. I know some people have quibbles with it and I worry that I rate too many books too high.
But, as I said, I really enjoyed it. The characters and some of the dialog are just so entertaining! To me the mystery is almost incidental, although I didn't guess the solution, I almost never can. The mystery involves the murder of one of the guests at a bridge party. It involves conflicts between high society, those with pretentions to high socie
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knitsmith
Along with The Unfinished Clue, this is one of my favorite Heyer mysteries. This is a sequel of sorts to They Found Him Dead, with Jim Kane and Timothy Harte returning along with then Sergeant (now Chief Inspector) Hemingway. I never developed much of an appreciation for Inspector Hannasyde, who appeared in many of Heyer's mysteries including They Found Him Dead. I almost always preferred the stories with other detectives. Hemingway is a more personable Inspector than Hannasyde - you get to see ...more
Sheryl Tribble
This book has some of the characters from They Found Him Dead.

The mystery aspect isn't bad, the by play between Hemingway and his assistant is amusing, and there are a couple of appealing characters, but I didn't think it nearly as much fun as some of her earlier ones. It's competently done, but there's a "going through the motions" feel to it I think.
Faa
Georgette Heyer's meticulous way of telling stories was different from Agatha Christie's complex mind sharing either Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot cases. I love them both, it just that I need extra vigour to concentrate on Georgette's books. she was too tedious and the plot unravel slowly. For those who need more mystery and twisted plot, Georgette books are definitely not for you.

In Duplicate Death, characters from her previous book revisited a new crime scene with new energy. I love how the b
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Kate Gould
Never having read any of Georgette Heyer's work, I seem to be having a splurge of her crime novels. As a writer of tales of terribly nice people who just happen to do horrible things to themselves, I don't think anyone comes close to Georgette Heyer.
Rianna Rowsell
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The police characters were very likeable, the suspects and victims were not, which is much the way I prefer it - I hate it when stupid detectives stumble upon the murderer accidentally, a favourite character ends up being the villain, or the reader is made to feel dense for not solving the crime 3 chapters in. It's not the sort of mystery you get emotionally entangled in, it's written in a light-hearted fashion, which makes it an easy read. This is the first myst ...more
Laura
I read Heyer for her delightful characters and comedy, not for any deep intricate plots (that goes for both her Regencies and mysteries). This satisfied me in that regard!
Watoosa
Another fun one--really enjoyed Hemingway in his new role as Chief Inspector and the return of Terrible Timothy. Read this one AFTER They Found Him Dead.
Honoria
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JoyfulK
Jan 14, 2013 JoyfulK rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heyer fans
As usual, Heyer puts together a riveting mystery, and this one brings back some old friends, not only the detective, now Chief Inspector Hemingway, but also the family who previously appeared in They Found Him Dead. This book is a fun read, a cozy mystery for sure, and I enjoy re-reading it.

You'd best be aware, however, that it's a great period piece in many ways, some better than others. As in many of Heyer's books, class status is a significant factor in the interactions among the characters.
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Bev
I'm in the home stretch of my Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge. Even thought it's a perpetual challenge, it feels good to know that I'll be finishing it up this year. Just finished Duplicate Death last night and have started They Found Him Dead (last one!). If I had paid attention to publication dates, I would have reversed the order--because these two novels are almost companion pieces. We meet some of the central characters in They Found Him Dead and it would have been nice to read the books ...more
Katie Bee
This was one of my favorite Heyer mysteries so far. I can't rate it higher, though, because the attitudes towards one of the characters are so jarring. I know that she wrote in a different era about a different era, but to modern readers the way her characters treat a gay character is really offputting. He's continually called a pansy and denigrated, and there's no real reason for it. It goes on at length, and I almost gave up on the book because of it.
Fiona Marsden
This is probably my favourite of the detective stories. I love the hero Timothy Kane and Beulah Birtley is such an interesting heroine. She had a raw deal in life and has no reason to trust the police so naturally she doesn't come across very well when a man she dislikes is murdered in her employers house.

Having read all this series, I enjoyed meeting Timothy's brother Jim again as well as Inspector Hemingway who was the Sergeant in an earlier story when Timothy was 14 and Jim was the hero with
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Barbara Mader
"OK With Potential." A mystery along the Agatha Christie lines, though not quite as well-plotted, I don't think; I wasn't satisfied with the conclusion/motive/etc. I found all the Gaelic tossed in by the chief investigator's assistant distracting and ultimately annoying, and unfortunately did not find the investigator himself as likeable as I probably was supposed to. On the plus side for me were her occasional references to changes in post-World War II English society. I have another of her mys ...more
Jessi
Timothy Harte is once again crossing paths with Inspector Hemingway. This time, he's all grownup and engaged. Except that his family is a bit concerned that the fiancee, Beulah Bitley, might be an adventuress. She's not, but she does have a secret past that complicates things when she becomes wrapped up in a murder that happens during a bridge party at her employers house.
Mrs. Haddington was a social climber of the first order. She wants to make sure that her daughter marries the best man possib
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Keri Luna
Duplicate Death is my least favorite Heyer mystery, but because it is a Heyer mystery, it is still definitely worth picking up.
The hook is an intriguing one: a duplicate Bridge party loaded with potential suspects who have motive, but a very small window of opportunity with which to commit the murder.
Chief Inspector Hemingway heads up the case, which is a sort of sequel to "They Found Him Dead," another Heyer mystery involving the Kane family.
Something about "Duplicate Death" falls short of th
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Trine
Since I'm not that fond of detective stories, I'm not enclined to rate this very high. I definitely prefer Georgette Heyer when she writes regency stories. You were kept on the seat of your chair, but it was a resonbly complicated with some annoying and some likable characters.
Katie Hilton
A bridge party becomes deadly for one of the hands. Then, two days later, the hostess is murdered in the same manner as her deceased guest. Revenge or copycat? Inspector Hemingway sorts the clues.
Christiane
Stranglings, drugs, blackmail, high society and deep, dark secrets create a satisfying mystery that keeps you turning the pages. Several characters from an earlier mystery (They Found Him Dead) appear in this one, older and wiser after enduring WWWII. I found the characters (old and new) just as engaging as in her previous books, and the mystery well-plotted though once again the ending felt a little abrupt, perhaps because I'm used (too many Agatha Christie's maybe) to having the murderer confr ...more
Vikas Datta
Another captivating mystery with a full cast of engaging, unforgettable characters - Inspector Grant and Mr Kane are too good
Lawrence
A strong mystery from Georgette Heyer who is better known for romance novels, give her mystery's a look.
Pam
This from another of my EARLY favorite authors of this tyoe, Dorothy L. Sayers: "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'."

It is just a PERFECT description! These people are wonderful; really a pleasant break when you need one and I had just finished Olivia Manning's MADDENING Levant Trilogy...I NEEDED a diversion. Laughing out loud, witty, clever. I would not put these w/ Miss Agatha
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Hema Yoganarasimhan
Not the best Georgette Heyer mysteries, but good for flights and travel. It bored me to sleep during my flight. Set in post WW II Britain, on the fringes of high-society, it features all the culprits of vintage British mysteries with a couple of nods to modern culture -- peers and lords, inheritance, damsels in distress, charming inspectors, drug-procurers, and debutantes on the social whirl. The story dragged a bit and doesn't quite hit the stride, ever. One of the poorer Heyer mysteries. The c ...more
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Georgette Heyer was an intensely private person. A best-seller all her life without the aid of publicity, she made no appearances, never gave an interview, and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. Heyer wrote very well-researched historical fiction, fu
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