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Duplicate Death (Inspector Hemingway #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,668 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
An elegant card party turns deadly...

Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector's young friend Timothy Kane becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Arrow (first published 1951)
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A bit remiss of me to have never considered the mystery novels written by the fabulous Georgette Heyer. Thoroughly enjoyed this twisting and convolouted story in which the culprit wasn't readily apparent. A lot of interesting characters on offer who could easily have done the deed.

Loved the dialogue, the setting and the premise of the mystery over all. Hemming and Grant are the Detectives called upon to solve the double murder during a game of Bridge. Lots of nefarious carrying on with the "Uppe
This book just wasn't my cup of tea. First, it's about 100 pages until we get to the crime and the interesting Inspector Hemingway enters the scene. Before that, the only interesting people are the Kanes and Beulah, and we don't see enough of them. Instead, we are treated to 1950s high society: gambling, parties, cursing, jealousies, and bad attitudes.

I got to where I simply couldn't take any more of the very strong language (not shy of the strongest allowed in society in those days, with b* be
Sheila Beaumont
Duplicate Death is an entertaining mystery with a cast of interesting characters, some likable, some not, that involves a murder at a bridge party.

Before you start this book, it's a good idea to first read the author's 1937 mystery They Found Him Dead, in which you'll meet some of the characters 14 years earlier, including Chief Inspector (then Sergeant) Hemingway, my favorite of Georgette Heyer's detectives. Another character who shows up in both books is the very likable Timothy Harte, who is
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you really, really like Georgette heyer mystery
This is a slow building mystery. Yes, its Good… Except that I knew who the murderer was before I was half way through. And it was Slow. Did I already say that?

I'd love to tell you which characters I liked, but I don't want to spoil the mystery. I can say that Timothy was very likable, and so was his sweetheart.

Then there was Cynthia. I have not come across such a spoiled rotten brat in a long, long time. In the end I was sorry for her. But it took till the very end. The last chapter I am not eve
Another nice foray into Georgette Heyer's mystery collection. I enjoyed the return of two characters from one of Heyer's earlier books: Jim Kane and "Terrible Timothy" Harte. Timothy, an impish 14 year old in They Found Him Dead, is now all grown up, has seen action in WWII, and is now a young up and coming attorney in love with what his family believes is "the wrong sort of girl". Her name is Beulah ( BEULAH!! ) Birtley, and she's the personal assistant/secretary to the waspish socialite Mrs. H ...more
The story itself, the mystery, is nothing too special. I found the ending sort of a let down with no big build-up to the reveal. Although the process is interesting.

What I absolutely enjoyed about this book was how campy it was. This is my first Georgette Heyer book, so I'm not familiar with her style or if her writing is meant to be serious or spoofy. But this mystery that included lives of the idle rich in England during the 1930's was written almost as if making fun of them and that life. It
Alexis Neal
Murder! At a bridge party, no less! The cast of characters includes a barrister, a Lady, a secretary, a spoiled debutante, a Communist, a businessman, a ballet aficionado, a wealthy widow/parvenu, and a charming gentleman with no visible means of support. When one of them winds up strangled at during an evening of duplicate bridge, it's up to the brusque-but-intelligent Inspector Hemingway (with an assist from his Scottish assistant Grant) to figure out who done it!

Man, I forgot how fun Georget
"...Mrs. Haddington's servants were at one in declaring that murders were not what they were accustomed to, or could put up with."p. 223

There once was this land called England where the upper class knew their role and their servants knew how to keep them in their place. As far as I can tell, if we hadn't had World War II, this England might still exist. The only fly in the ointment is that every so often, folks with money that they made in some vulgar way, come along and knock this world off its

Torneo di bridge con delitto

Georgette Heyer è stata più volte definita la Jane Austen della detective story. È proprio vero che con lei il poliziesco diventa più interessante ed avvincente. Dame e lord, esponenti dell'alta società, diventano probabili sospettati, ma, prima che ciò accada, uno di loro deve essere la vittima.
Durante quella che doveva essere un'allegra serata, dedicata al bridge, va in scena un assassinio. Il gioco a carte, a un certo punto subisce un'interruzione a causa dell’ass
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read-2017
Another good listen on audio. One of my top Heyer mysteries. Unlike the related "They Found Him Dead", I did not remember who the killer of the two victims was. It was rather a surprise in both cases, so cleverly done. The clues were there though! Unlike many of her mysteries where the secondary characters provide the humor and the interest and the protagonists are rather boring, in this one the good guys are the most intriguing. Terrible Timothy from They found him Dead, makes a fine hero and h ...more
John Frankham
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Another smashing Georgette Heyer whodunnit, from 1951. Not as good as the earlier, more action-orientated ones, but a good mystery, with a lovely topping and tailing. Witty and well-written.

The GR blurb:

'An elegant card party turns deadly...
Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the i
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite case (Strangling, drug dealers, and a really weird young man), but still interesting and clever.
I think I like Hemingway a bit more now.

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Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgette-heyer
Along with The Unfinished Clue, this is one of my favorite Heyer mysteries. This is a sequel of sorts to They Found Him Dead, with Jim Kane and Timothy Harte returning along with then Sergeant (now Chief Inspector) Hemingway. I never developed much of an appreciation for Inspector Hannasyde, who appeared in many of Heyer's mysteries including They Found Him Dead. I almost always preferred the stories with other detectives. Hemingway is a more personable Inspector than Hannasyde - you get to see ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
What's a little homophobia among friends? ...well, pretty dang creepy, actually. I know The Times Were Different and all, but still no. Best thing here was the return of Tim Harte, who is a delight.
Much as I hesitate to give any Georgette Heyer work a two-star rating, I just can't go any higher on this mystery. It was much too paint-by-numbers to rate anything higher than "it was OK." For one thing, the murders are telegraphed in the most blatant way. Any time two characters had a bitter argument in which one used vaguely threatening language, I knew the other character was toast. And always set up in the most heavy-handed way--multiple people who had opportunity to commit the crime, all w ...more
Last read 7th March 2014. I had forgotten how horrible the homophobia is in this mystery - somehow the repellent attitudes in Heyer's regency books are more acceptable because they're set hundreds of years ago, instead of only last century.

I had to keep saying 'she was of her time' under my breath to be able to finish the book - the horrible prejudices of the author's time and class were so repellent. I'm usually fine, once the writing is good, but this time Chief Inspector Hemingway, and many o
Fiona Marsden
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favourite of the detective stories. I love the hero Timothy Kane and Beulah Birtley is such an interesting heroine. She had a raw deal in life and has no reason to trust the police so naturally she doesn't come across very well when a man she dislikes is murdered in her employers house.

Having read all this series, I enjoyed meeting Timothy's brother Jim again as well as Inspector Hemingway who was the Sergeant in an earlier story when Timothy was 14 and Jim was the hero with
Timothy Harte is once again crossing paths with Inspector Hemingway. This time, he's all grownup and engaged. Except that his family is a bit concerned that the fiancee, Beulah Bitley, might be an adventuress. She's not, but she does have a secret past that complicates things when she becomes wrapped up in a murder that happens during a bridge party at her employers house.
Mrs. Haddington was a social climber of the first order. She wants to make sure that her daughter marries the best man possib
I am a huge Georgette Heyer fan.
I really enjoyed this book. I know some people have quibbles with it and I worry that I rate too many books too high.
But, as I said, I really enjoyed it. The characters and some of the dialog are just so entertaining! To me the mystery is almost incidental, although I didn't guess the solution, I almost never can. The mystery involves the murder of one of the guests at a bridge party. It involves conflicts between high society, those with pretentions to high socie
Pamela Shropshire
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in post-WW2 England, unlike most of her mysteries and involves blackmail, society, scandal and drug-dealing.

While this is one of my least favorite stories when it comes to plot, I adore the book because we revisit old friends from They Found Him Dead, namely Jim Kane and his now wife of 13 years, Patricia, and Jim's half-brother, Timothy Harte, aka Terrible Timothy, who is one-half of the obligatory romantic couple.
Sheryl Tribble
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book has some of the characters from They Found Him Dead.

The mystery aspect isn't bad, the by play between Hemingway and his assistant is amusing, and there are a couple of appealing characters, but I didn't think it nearly as much fun as some of her earlier ones. It's competently done, but there's a "going through the motions" feel to it I think.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I rarely read a book with a plot this fascinating to follow. The characters were pretty good, if a bit stereotyped. There is clever conversation and humor, which I always enjoy. The whole thing hangs together wonderfully.
Kate Gould
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Never having read any of Georgette Heyer's work, I seem to be having a splurge of her crime novels. As a writer of tales of terribly nice people who just happen to do horrible things to themselves, I don't think anyone comes close to Georgette Heyer.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, british, 1930s
I read Heyer for her delightful characters and comedy, not for any deep intricate plots (that goes for both her Regencies and mysteries). This satisfied me in that regard!
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another fun one--really enjoyed Hemingway in his new role as Chief Inspector and the return of Terrible Timothy. Read this one AFTER They Found Him Dead.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A bridge party results in the death of Dan Seaton-Carew who turns out to have been an extremely unpleasant character. It will be fairly obvious to the modern reader that the victim was involved in the drugs trade though it would not have been as obvious to a reader in the 1950s. Mrs Haddington - in whose house the murder is committed - is nasty to her staff and her friends alike. Her daughter Cynthia is a silly empty headed socialite who her mother is trying to marry off to the highest bidder to ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, kindle
Unlimited free trial | Better characters than in many of Heyer's mysteries, there were far fewer repulsive and rude people than usual. That said, I was half right in my suspicion of the killer before the murder had even happened, which is a common issue for me with Heyer's works, and the underlying theme was obvious to me from page 38. Kind of nice to see the Kane/Harte family again. I have to say that it did strike me early that it's a more complicated version of Cards on the Table, and in both ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
In times of stress and too much to do, I head to The Golden Age. It has been a very full on little while and so Miss Heyer is exactly right. Undemanding, old fashioned and gentle. I find I don't really remember much of the stories but they make light reading and move along at a decent pace. I particularly like the way that she makes you engage with a character and then casts doubt on their motives and makes them a suspect. Hemingway is such a clever man and his manner is really amusing. This one ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For once, a detective novel where I didn't fully guess the ending! That's rare nowadays - usually, you can just point to "they aren't under suspicion, they did it". Alas, the person not under suspicion was genuinely not suspicious (I mean, I think the police missed a few basic questions there, but turns out sometimes the non-suspicious seeming people are just non-suspicious). Another great detective novel, really enjoyed some of the narrator's interludes and the language, a good plot that kept u ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't know when I last read this, but it's as fresh as ever. Heyer's humor is the best, with Inspector Hemingway as the chief detective. Murders at and after a bridge party account for the titl, with a confusing cast of characters, of course. Dorothy Sayers said, "Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me," and many people agree with her, including Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, my mother, and me.
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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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