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Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer
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I was put off by the beginning of this book, which is set in 1930s England. The assortment of catty, underemployed family members/suspects seemed all too typical - and by now terribly trite. But while most of the "cast" remains insufferable, a few - such as Stella and Randall - become more interesting as the plot moves forward. There are also some nice unexpected plot developments.

As has been pointed out elsewhere about her mysteries, Heyer seems more interested in the comedy of manners aspect of her stories than in the actual detective work. Therefore her Superintendent Hannasyde is once again at the "syde" of things, and the unraveling of the mystery is left to someone else. Yet despite these reservations, Georgette Heyer knows how to write a good story. Therefore, if you tend to like British mysteries from this era, you will very likely find something to enjoy in this one.
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