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The Quiet Gentleman

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  5,042 Ratings  ·  400 Reviews
Unscathed from the wars, Gervase Frant finally returns to his father's estate to claim his title as the new Earl of Stanyon. But his stepmother's resentment and his half brother's open disdain put a chill on Gervase's welcome. Now he must establish himself as the new head of the house... and ignore his family's rising hostility.Then Gervase's eye is caught by a lovely youn ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by HQN Books (first published 1951)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars, rounding up. Gervase Frant returns home in 1816 from the Napoleanic wars to assume his role as the Earl of St Erth. Trouble and resentment await him in the form of his imperious stepmother and his spoiled and truculent younger half-brother Martin, who were rather hoping Gervase would die in the war so that Martin could inherit. But do they resent him enough to actually kill him? Because some very odd (not)accidents are starting to happen to Gervase.

This is one of Heyer's Regency myst
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Ruth
Feb 06, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Georgette Heyer novels should be printed with a warning. I have to be careful when reading her novels in public. This is because they inevitably cause a goofy smile to be pasted on my face, and I'll start giggling loudly at random times for no apparent reason to the poor, unsuspecting public around me. The Quiet Gentleman is no exception to this rule. Absolutely nothing beats a Heyer Regency romance for the sheer enjoyment factor and witty, intelligent humor. She truly is the closest thing to re ...more
Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
I was all set to read my Arrow copy - until I took a good look at the picture. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer

Apparently St Erth returned from the Napoleonic Wars in 1816 & decided to dress in his late father's clothes. As Lady Caroline Bingley would say, I was all astonishment!  photo 9518a168-5c8a-4303-a9f9-45916916d1d2.png

So I pulled out my old Pan instead.
The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer Pretty decent shot of Gervase & Marianne, I thought.

This book is a little too Austenesque & not Heyerish enough for me. Don't get me wrong I love Austen - when Jane herself writes it! For example, (
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Seema Khan
3* for The Quiet Gentleman.

I have read a great many Georgette Heyer books and am a die hard fan of her works, but sadly The Quiet Gentleman did not live upto my expectations.

Though the writing itself is unquestionably signature GH, the overall story failed to keep me intrigued. And the more is the pity because more than romance this is a kind of suspense or mystery novel and a grounding mystery was sadly absent.

The story is about Lord Gervase St Erth of Stanyon who has been alienated by his fath
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Tweety
Aug 31, 2013 Tweety rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light Suspense/Mystery fans with a hint of Gothic
Recommended to Tweety by: Anne
I wish I knew what to rate this, but for the life of me I can't! Never mind, 3 1/2

Gervase Frant, comes home after years in the army. He never expected his family to greet him with open arms, but he didn't expect hostility either! The whole castle seems to be brooding over some dark secret...

(Bodiam Castle)

Martin his half brother plainly declares war on Gervase who he views as a usurper. Worse, Martin feels that if it hadn't been for Gervase, his lady love wouldn't have spurned him. It's just
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Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
Georgette Heyer group BOTM December 2015.

This was my second read of this title and I have more of an appreciation of the H/h this time around.

A couple of years ago, I had just descovered GH and I want on a bender with her romances and this book and the H/h did not compare favorably when read back to back with favorites such as Devil's Cub and The Grand Sophy and others MCs with s
more forceful personalities.

A common complaint among the casual reader of a GH romance is well... How little romance t
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Anne
Am I the only one who didn't see through the mystery?!?!?!? I did not think it was predictable at all!!! But, oh!!!! So frustrating!! I loved this book, but it did not end the way I wanted it too...it didn't feel concluded. How I wish we could have been given more insight into the romance! It only unfolds in the last pages, which makes it come out as really unexpected and random. I wanted to read about the change of opinion Gervase had of Drusilla, Because at the beginning he finds her boring an ...more
Abigail Bok
On her worst day, Georgette Heyer is better than any other writer of Regency romance I have read. She invented the genre, and it’s possible that nobody should have tried to follow in her footsteps. Within the canon of Georgette Heyer novels, however, there are some that succeed better than others. For me, The Quiet Gentleman is not one of the more successful.

Perhaps the problem is that she is trying to combine forms that sit uneasily with one another. This book doesn’t know whether it wants to
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Kavita
Aug 10, 2015 Kavita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery rather than a romance. In fact, the romance was pretty understated and was only developed at the end, along with the solution. The Earl of St Erth returns from the wars to succeed his father's title and discovers that his family resents him. But who would go as far as to murder him?

The story takes a long time to get interesting and the beginning is very slow. I almost gave up after a few chapters, but glad I stuck with it as halfway through the book, it really picks up and suddenly ev
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Nikki
Aug 13, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
I don't know how Georgette Heyer manages to send me into flutters with each new (to me) book of hers I read. This one kept me occupied with a murder mystery as well, which I always like (though strange to say, I don't enjoy Heyer's non-Regency mysteries). It's an interesting set of characters, and an interesting choice of romance -- Heyer really wasn't locked in to any stereotypes of romance, but picked characters that were different enough in each book to avoid too much repetition. I love the e ...more
Lady Wesley
Aug 14, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev
Excellent Heyer romance, with a bit of mystery thrown in. Who is trying to kill Gervase Frant, Earl of St Erth? Napoleon's army couldn't do it, but are his spiteful half-brother and stepmother planning to finish the job? And will Gervase steal his brother's sweetheart, the beautiful Marianne, or fall for the less lovely but smart Drusilla?

I've enjoyed almost all of Heyer's books, and this one is no exception. The excellent review at audiogirls.com inspired me to add it to my to-listen list.
Andrea
The romance here is happening in the background, while the foreground is taken up more by a mystery.

Drusilla is a very non-traditional romantic heroine, being described as a 'squab' (her figure has a touch of pigeon) and her primary positive attributes being practical calm and quiet honesty. We definitely see Gervase come to appreciate her composure, and to no longer think her dull, though any attraction he feels for her isn't as easily detected. She was very well done, with her worn and not eve
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Amy
Love, love, love! Ahhh, Heyer does it again.
This book was wonderful! First, see Sherwood Smith's great review.
Second, I acknowledge this book probably deserves 4 stars, because the mystery is clunky and obvious, but I loved the proposal scene so I pushed it up to five stars.
Miss Morville was wonderful. I love Heyer's charming, prosaic heroines. We need more of them these days!
If you like Heyer's The Talisman Ring, you will like this one.
I definitely need to buy this book and read it again!
CatBookMom
The main character evolves from an uncaring, uptight man into someone who goes out of his way to preserve the family name and the honor of his cousin, who has done nothing to deserve it. Miss Morville is an excellent character: strong, intelligent, and resourceful, yet still very much within the traditional role of women in this era.
Blodeuedd Finland
My second Heyer book was a bit different because there was a big mystery in it, still it was not one of her true mystery novel. There is romance, mystery and the stillness that is proper manners.

First I was not sure about this one, mostly cos I felt Gervase was going after the wrong woman. Well I feared so. Though that fixes itself because he is a very quiet gentleman. A proper and nice man, a bit too nice actually. But then I do think Heyer seemed to like second chances and being all nice and a
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QNPoohBear

Gervase, the Seventh Earl of St. Erth returns to his ancestral home after successfully surviving the wars much to the dismay of his ambitious step-mother and spoiled half-brother Martin. His cousin and agent, Theo, is pleased to see Ger as is Druscilla Morville, a neighbor and sometimes companion to Ger's step-mother. Ger is quiet and doesn't fight back, therefore his step-mother thinks she can continue to rule the household with an iron fist and send the Earl running for one of his other proper
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H
Nov 17, 2015 H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gervase carried this book, front to back, and more than made up for its weaknesses. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud at his understated sarcasm and witticisms and in how he dealt with his family, particularly Martin and the dowager. He really shone. I enjoyed the story as a whole. I've noticed, though, that when Heyer turns her Regencies into thrillers, the character relationships suffer, and it was so in this. While I enjoyed reading it, there was almost no development of the rela ...more
Ana Rînceanu
My 22nd Georgette Heyer

Gervase returns home from the war to assume his role as the Earl of St Erth to the displeasure of his step-mother and half-brother Martin. Cousin Theo and lady Marianne get on great with him, but when strange things start to happen, it becomes clear that foul play is at hand.

The book is filled with witty dialogue and humor, but there are a number of slow parts and for the life of me I could not like Martin, especially since he forced his attentions on Marianne two times an
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Elinor
Jan 01, 2016 Elinor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been rereading Georgette Heyer's romances lately, sandwiching them between heavier reading in order to provide myself with some light entertainment. It's always a pleasure to rediscover an author whom I haven't read lately and to discover that I have forgotten enough to make them fresh again. Although her books are classified as romances, they go far beyond the contemporary definition --because of the wit and humour, and the excellent writing. This wasn't my favourite Heyer novel, but it pr ...more
Katelyn Snell
Apr 06, 2016 Katelyn Snell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this based on a friend's recommendation, and I'm so glad I did! The plotline flowed nicely and the characters were well-defined. The mysterious accidents kept me on my toes, and the ending left me quite happy. Gervase and Miss Morville quickly became my favorite characters, simply because they are so different - he is not afraid to take risks, while she leans on the side of a little too practical.
Jane Stewart
Jan 04, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-mystery
3 stars. Good regency mystery. Enjoyable collection of characters. A small amount of romance is secondary to the mystery.

STORY BRIEF:
Gervase (Ger) is the heir. His mother ran off with a lover which caused Ger’s father to hate Ger. The father remarried and had a second son Martin. Ger has been away for a long time. The Earl died. Ger now returns to his inherited entailed estate. Martin inherited everything else. Ger’s cousin Theo is living there and has been an excellent manager of the estates i
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Jeanette
Aug 10, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Georgette Heyer's Regency era that is mystery/detective genre, and yet there is romance as well. This delightful read took me some time off and on, setting it aside for quicker and non-fiction fare that had to be returned.

And yet it was just as lovely read and felt that way, as this is a much older and infinitely more complex English. Mostly of the higher classes, there still is detail and lengthy passage of servant and idiomatic period banter. Some of which definitely is archaic.

How abou
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Res
Jun 09, 2007 Res rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The one where Gervase returns from the army to discover that his stepmother and half-brother resent him and someone is apparently trying to kill him.

Not really one of my favorite Heyers. I don't enjoy mysteries, so the murder angle didn't add much for me. Plus, once you dismiss one possible culprit because he's too obvious for good fiction, you know who the actual culprit is, because everyone else joins the party too late.

Drusilla is like Jenny in A Civil Contract, in that she's praiseworthy f
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Jenn
Oct 31, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realized a little way into this book that I had read it before, but that was at first unclear because the audiobook I was listening to was appallingly distracting. I hated the reader, but since I don't have a hard copy of the book, I muscled my way through to the end, because I love the story: it has all the elements that I love most in a Heyer novel - an element of mystery, a likable and capable and humorous hero, an unlikely heroine, great description and atmosphere, laugh-out-loud moments - ...more
Angelc
Jun 25, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This was the first book I've read by Heyer and it might not have been the best one to begin with because I don't think it's one of her more romantic books. I went in thinking that it would be a regency romance, but there was more emphasis on the brothers' quarrelling and the mystery.

I did enjoy the mannerly dialogue and writing. It was quick, witty, and Austen-esque. I can see how Heyer has such a large following.

I actually liked Gervase, the quiet gentleman, a lot. I found myself sayin
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LaFleurBleue
Jul 17, 2012 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
The beginning was extremely well-done, fast-pace with regular introduction of key characters that were fastly depicted through a few lines of dialogues or anecdotes. When all characters are there, the story took a slower pace which was not exactly as compelling. However the ending accelerates everything once more and the dialogues pick up accordingly. The dialogues between the characters, one of Heyer's strength, are among some of the best - the waspish mother-in-law, the jealous younger brother ...more
Sherwood Smith
Despite the clumsy murder thread running through this story, it's one of my favorites. It succeeds where I think A Civil Contract failed--it gives us the best of Heyer's "plain but kind" heroines, one with a decided sense of humor, who achieves romance on her own power, and without melodramatic suffering, like the supposedly "realistic" A Civil Contract. The heroine's parents are a total delight--part of the Lake Poets, having raised their daughter to be practical and republican. The characters ...more
Tamora Pierce
Mar 01, 2010 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, adult
Another one of Heyer's Regency/mysteries/romances, with a murder plot, a practical daughter of romantics, a charming heiress, and an overbearing mother, among the other elements she blends so well. Not one of my A list favorites, but fun to read in one of those intervals when I don't want one of the books I've practically memorized!
cloudyskye
Jul 26, 2013 cloudyskye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Loved it! One of my top three Heyers, in fact, my no. 1.
It has an underestimated but likeable heroine. And St. Erth is definitely my favourite hero. Deceptively gentle, witty and of course incredibly handsome - with blue eyes! :)
I like how the romance develops, it's sweet and quiet but very believable.
Added later: I just decided that Holliday Grainger would make a lovely Miss Morville.
Paraphrodite
Mar 05, 2014 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2014
This is not one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books and unfortunately the narrator just made it that much worst. I wished they would re-do the audio editions of her books with some better narrators.
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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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“Depend upon it, you are just the sort of girl a man would be glad to have for his sister! You don't even know how to swoon, and I daresay if you tried you would make wretched work of it, for all you have is common sense, and of what use is that, pray?” 35 likes
“How came you to tumble down the stairs as soon as my back was turned?' ... The Earl slipped his arm behind her, and raised the hand he was still holding to his lips ... Miss Morville, finding his shoulder so invitingly close, was glad to rest her head against it ... Her overstrained nerves then found relief in a burst of tears. But as the Earl chose to kiss her at this moment, she was obliged to stop crying, the merest civility compelling her to return his embrace. As soon as she was able to speak, she said, however, in a voice meant only for his ears: 'Oh, no! Pray do not! It was all my folly, behaving in this missish way! You felt yourself obliged to comfort me! I assure you, I don't regard it - shall never think of it again! ... You would become disgusted with my odious commonsense. Try as I will, I *cannot* be romantic!' said Miss Morville despairingly.
His eyes danced. 'Oh, I forbid you to try! Your practical observations, my absurd robin, are the delight of my life!'
Miss Morville looked at him. Then, with a deep sigh, she laid her hand in his. But what she said was: 'You mean a sparrow!'
'I will not allow you to dictate to me, now or ever, Miss Morville! I mean a robin!' said the Earl firmly, lifting her hand to his lips.
This interlude, which was watched with interest by the three servants, with complacence by Mrs Morville, critically by the Viscount, who was trying to unravel the puzzle just set before him, and with hostility by the Dowager and Mr Morville, seemed to break the spell which had hitherto held the rest of the company silent.”
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