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Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer
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Aug 18, 2009

it was ok
Read in August, 2009

The master of the house is dead, and apparently, it's poison. His sister (an obnoxious hypochondriac), sister-in-law (an empty-headed, but good looking idiot), niece (who wants to marry the doctor he hates), and nephew (who he's about to send down to South America) all have motive and opportunity. Throw in an overbearing sister and the other nephew that everyone hates (who just happens to inherit just about everything) and you have teh recipe for a lovely little mystery.

I read the first few chapters and the last few chapters and didn't feel as if I missed anything at all. I enjoyed most of what I read, but some of Heyer's portrayal of men and women bothered me - a lot. I'm by no means a raging feminist, but when the only intelligent characters are men, and when a fairly typical paragraph looks like this: "During the next ten minutes Stella made only two remarks, both of which were somewhat breathlessly delivered, and neither of which bore any evidence of intellect. Mr. XXX said "Darling!" in answer to one, and "My little idiot!" in answer to the other. Miss Stella Matthews appeared to be perfectly satisfied with both these responses." As a female reader, I tend to get a little bit irked...

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