Miranda Brand is visiting Germany for what is supposed to be a month's vacation. But from the moment that Brigadier Brindley relates the story about a fortune in lost diamonds - a story in which Miranda herself figures in an unusual way - the vacation atmosphere becomes transformed into something more ominous. And when murder strikes on the night train to Berlin, Miranda finds herself unwillingly involved in a complex chain of events that will soon throw her own life into peril.
Complex plot, re-creates British zone Berlin, army couples. Not my favorite M.M. Kaye. Probably somewhat autobiographical.
Dany Ashton is invited to vacation at her stepfather's house in Zanzibar, but even before her airplane takes off there is a stolen passport, a midnight intruder - and murder. In Zanizbar, the family house is Kivulimi, the mysterious "House of Shade", where Dany and the rest of the guests learn that one of them is a desperate killer. The air of freedom and nonchalance that opened the house party fades into growing terror, as the threat of futher violence flowers in the scented air of Zanzibar.
Fantastic plot, great sense of place and time, and flawless performance. One of M.M. Kaye's best, and I'm hooked on Bahni Turpin as a narrator.
Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.
Another crime mystery/ romance - fun and light, North England, Derbyshire, rural, Bow Street runner.
When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.
Different story line than usual, romance on back-burner. Engaging lead character, subtle, and elegantly smooth.
When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’
Great Heyer read about the oft cited, in other books, "Uggolino." I enjoyed it well.
Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.
Loved Hugo Darracott, reminded me of a friend from York. Her best male character so far.
Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.
This is, I think, Georgette Heyer's finest work. It takes on the timely issue of an impoverished noble marrying a wealthy mercantile heiress to restore his estate and fortunes. All the class clashes and issues of romantic love vs. practicality are taken on here. Youthful dreams versus the practicality of daily love, and the way two people grow to love each other are highlighted. A very satisfying tale.
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This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. It is also an intimate portrait of two families. Masterful and prescient, le Carré is writing at the top of his creative powers, and the central protagonist, Oliver Single, is one of his most fascinating characters.
Having le Carre narrate is great, because you know the characters are coming through the way he intended them. Just a fun tightly woven drama about Western corruption and post-soviet Mafia, with le Carre's wonderful evocation of London inter-agency law enforcement. Same type of culture as in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.
Scary in places, full of contrasts, with goid characterization. I couldn't put it down.
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Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.
You have to listen to this book for the reader's depiction of Frances Cheviot alone, it's brilliant. This is a bit of a mystery, so unlike most of GH's Regency romances. It has great family appeal too.