I don't normally read biographies, however, this one is on one of my favourite historical romance authors, written by another romance author.
I last reI don't normally read biographies, however, this one is on one of my favourite historical romance authors, written by another romance author.
I last read this biography 23 years ago and as I am so familiar with Georgette Heyer's work it still felt like an old friend. It was interesting to read the work again with such a long perspective. It did not disappoint.
It covers all the necessary chronological events in GH's life, yet through Jane Aiken Hodge's own writing (of which I have several) brings a whole new perspective to the inner workings of the author's mind.
Types of Heros and Heroines Mk 1 & Mk 2 are discussed and throughout amusing snippets of the novels are interpersed with the terrible tax problems, and finally in her later years all the health problems caused by 60 years of excessive smoking.
We follow her life madly writing through WWII, raising her son and supporting her husband who decides to qualify for the Bar and ends up a QC. She goes to Garden Parties and has Dinner with the Queen, under sufferance, and she is often quoted as writing a book a year just to satisfy the tax man.
Georgette Heyer comes across as a private, shy and witty person who loved her family and her work and definitely hated the tax man....more
It has been many years since I last read this book, and the years haven't been kind.
The murder mystery itself was very skillfully handled but I'm unsuIt has been many years since I last read this book, and the years haven't been kind.
The murder mystery itself was very skillfully handled but I'm unsure why more of the characters weren't killed off. They were just all horrible people and most of them deserved to die. I wasn't invested in any of them so wouldn't of missed a few more facing the final curtain.
In summary - a mean old man who made everyone miserable and resorted to blackmail is found dead in his bed. No one really suspects foul play yet everyone and I mean everyone, accuses each other of the deed.
Because his sister is as mean and tightfisted as he is, she is killed accidently the same way he was and thus eventually the case is solved.
This is a deceptively subtle Georgette Heyer novel.
Gervase Frant, Earl of St Erth, sells out his commission following the death of his estranged fatheThis is a deceptively subtle Georgette Heyer novel.
Gervase Frant, Earl of St Erth, sells out his commission following the death of his estranged father but doesn't come home for a year (so he didn't have to be a hypocrite and wear black gloves). His stepmother and half brother, a cousin and a neighbours daughter, staying at his home, await him on the day. He is a golden-haired god come to visit. Miss Morville is perhaps unfairly designated a poor squab of a female.
It is typical of the era and no doubt, the Earl expects that his future Countess will be beautiful, accomplished and intelligent. Miss Morville, meanwhile, is appalled that she is snared by his smile. She has been raised in republican sentiments and doesn't wish to be brokenhearted when the Earl selects a more appropriate female. She is after all a female of common-sense.
Sinister machinations are afoot and a plot to assassinte Ger is under-way, which Miss Morville, conveniently, upsets several times. She knows what is happening, but as she surmises Ger also knows, she declares that she won't interfere as it isn't her business and he knows what he is doing. Miss Morville is incredibly forebearing as I know I couldn't have stopped meddling in this affair if it was me. It also shows Drusilla Morville in a very good light and Ger's opinion begins to change. He had already remarked her good sense.
Various attempts on Ger's life end up with him shot, seriously, but not fatally, with Drusilla there to nurse him back to health.
Various other players in this drama include an ex-bow street runner, Lord Ulverston (Ger's war time buddy) and Marrianne Bolderwood and family. All with their parts to play.
All the characters in this story are finely drawn in typical Georgette Heyer mode and the story itself delightfully told. To be immersed in Georgette Heyerland is a felicitation devoutly to be wished....more