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The Quiet Gentleman

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,660 ratings  ·  283 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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Ruth
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
Tweety
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Nikki
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
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.
Jeanette
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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Jane Stewart
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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Res
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
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
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
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
Paraphrodite
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.
Allison
The second half of the book is where it gets interesting, with murder attempts on the Earl. It took that long for me to start caring about the characters, which is a shame. Glad I stuck with it.
Heather
This novel was more subversive than I was expecting. I thought it would be a straightforward Regency romance, but it also had a mystery. The hero was not the most "manly," and the heroine was not a "charming beauty." That last example, at least, was very refreshing; I loved that the heroine had so much common sense.

Character-wise, I wish that Martin had matured a bit more, and that there had been more of the interior life of Gervase and Drusilla. (what horrid names!) (view spoiler)
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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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The UHQ Nasanta
3.5 - 4 stars

I really enjoyed this novel as I have enjoyed most of Heyer's romances I have read. Gervase reminded me quite strongly of The Scarlet Pimpernel and I'd been somewhat hopeful of a like occupation, but alas, I was disappointed in that.

I confess that I 'd guessed the culprit of the attempts on Gervase's life early on - from the first attempt, to be precise. It disappointed me to have supposed correctly because I did like that character.

The romance between the main couple was so under
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Ceecee
Apr 20, 2013 Ceecee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Georgette Heyer/ Jane Austen fans
Another hit! Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed Heyer's witty writing and dialogues and her colorful characters.

This has also quite hit home for me, personally. I know when something is just so emotional for me when I get a tingling sensation in my hands. And then my chest aches, and there's a threat of tears. And damn, when Drusilla was talking to herself in the mirror, convinced that the quiet gentleman, Gervase, would never have feelings for her, and that his amiability towards her was simply c
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Olga Godim
Like the gentleman of the title, this book is quiet – despite the fact that someone is trying to kill the hero time and again. The villain doesn’t succeed, but the story of his repeated attempts, and the hero’s thwarting them occupies most of the book, with some red herrings thrown in to keep the readers intrigued and the tension elevated.
Unfortunately for the romance fans, there is very little romance here. The novel ends with a declaration of love, but how this love germinated and grew is any
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Antonia
Enjoyable read, really, but quite some issues on the way to the happy end for me.
The hero seemed odd. I was not sure I liked him. The mystery was ok but didn't really excite me. I just knew it would not be the obvious person but then I did not care enough to find out who it really was. The plot and action seemed to just happen, slowly moving along. It was quite clear who the earl would want to marry but there was never any hint from either side that they cared for each other. The heroine was in
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Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
It seems to be the case that the Georgette Heyer I love the most is the one I'm currently reading. Having said that, I will also state that I found this story just adorable. The experience was enhanced by Cornelius Garrett's fabulous reading. I particularly enjoyed the voices of servants, from the self-important valet, to the provincial grooms, to the mysterious Mr Leek. The character of The Dowager provides much comedy, and is a highlight of Garrett's reading. I did not find the predictability ...more
Chelsea
I've been putting off reading a Georgette Heyer novel for awhile now because I was worried it would fall short of my expectations. Unfortunately, that worry was met. It was an ok book but was in no means a great read. The plot was ok but I had the "mystery" solved with in the first few chapters. The pace of the book was rather slow for me. The characters and most of their interactions were fairly uninteresting to me, although I did laugh out loud twice. Perhaps I will give her another try in the ...more
Karen
This was the first Heyer I'd read that was more of a mystery than a romance. In fact, the romance part of it was barely present, and up until the very end I was wondering how the two people involved were going to get together (I figured out fairly early on who would be matched with who.) The mystery in the book is developed more fully and I thought that it was very well done; it was suspenseful and I didn't figure out "who did it" until Heyer revealed it. All in all, not one of my all-time-favor ...more
Michael
I'd give it a 3.75, I guess... Not quite to the level of a 4, but a pleasant read, all the same.

First things first: I listened to an unabridged audiobook version of this novel (narrated by Cornelius Garret). This is only the second of Heyer's Regency novels that I've read (the first was Regency Buck).

For some reason, I find myself hesitant to start Heyer's Regency novels. I'm not sure why... I enjoyed this one well enough. In fact, I think I liked it better than Regency Buck. That novel may hav
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Darla
(Genre:Historical regency fiction/mystery) 4 stars. I listened to this book on CD and it was quite enjoyable. Heyer does a great job with her characters and their motivations, behaviors, and humorous dialogue.
The new Earl of St. Earth, Gervais, has returned home to England from war on the continent, following the death of his father. He arrives home to a very cool welcome from his difficult step mother and his angry half brother, Martin. Gervais's mother (the old Earl's first wife) had run away
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Maya Chhabra


'But this is Gothick, Frant, quite Gothick!'

Unlike most of Heyer's novels, this is not primarily a romance, and it has a good deal of plot. That is probably why I enjoyed it despite having recently given up on Frederica. The protagonist is is less worried about who he will marry and more about who is trying to murder him.



Gervase Frant has returned alive from the wars, in which most of his relatives hoped he would perish, and claimed his inheritance. No sooner has he arrived in the same house as
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Katharine
It's a long time since I've read this so while it wasn't quite like reading it for the first time there were some elements of it that I'd completely forgotten. This book combines one of Georgette Heyer's more traditional Regency romances with a mystery element and the two don't quite gel together as I would have liked to see more of the romance and the ending seemed a little rushed. That said it is full of her usual humour with some memorable characters including the delightful heroine Drusilla. ...more
cloudyskye
Loved it! One of my top three Heyers, 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.
Tamora Pierce
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!
Christopher
This novel felt far too dragged out for my liking. I was disappointed by the overwhelming about of description and slow moving plot, which was present more here than in any other book I've read by Heyer. There was no real romance plotline (or more accurately: a very very subtle one), and the mystery took far longer than it should have. I figured out the villain before the halfway mark simply by process of elimination. There were two parts of the story that I particularly enjoyed, however. The fi ...more
Maria
A Regency of the first order with a bit of mystery thrown in, this book has it all. The characters are well-drawn and interesting. The heroine is an ancestor of Raymond de Morville from one of her earliest books, which doesn't come out until the end, but adds a certain fillip to the proceedings, after the fact. The Dowager is a delight with her reminiscences of her father, a situation in which she describes him as a man of perfection but her listeners get the impression that he is not quite up t ...more
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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?” 24 likes
“This embittered thought brought to her mind the several occasions upon which she might, had she been the kind of female his lordship no doubt admired, have kindled his ardour by a display of sensibility, or even of heroism ... To have thrown herself between the foils, when she had surprised the Earl fencing with Martin, would certainly have been spectacular, but that it would have evoked anything but exasperation in the male breast she was quite unable to believe. She thought she need not blame herself for having refrained upon this occasion; but when she recalled her behaviour in the avenue, when the Earl had been thrown from his horse, she knew that nothing could excuse her. Here had been an opportunity for spasms, swoonings, and a display of sensibility, utterly neglected! How could his lordship have been expected to guess that her heart had been beating so hard and so fast that had felt quite sick, when all she had done was to talk to him in a voice drained of all expression? Not even when his lifeless body had been carried into the Castle had she conducted herself like a heroine of romance! Had she fainted at the sight of his blood-soaked raiment? Had she screamed? No! All she had done had been to direct Ulverston to do one thing, Turvey another, Chard to ride for the doctor, while she herself had done what lay within her power to staunch the bleeding.” 1 likes
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