On the eve of battle, passions are running high. . . "A brilliant achievement. . . vivid, accurate, dramatic. . . the description of Waterloo is magnificent. "-DAILY MAIL "My favorite historical novelist. "-MARGARET DRABBLE IN the SUMMER of 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of parties, balls and soirees. In the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, no one attracts more attention than the beautiful, outrageous young widow Lady Barbara Childe. On their first meeting, dashing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, but even their betrothal doesn't calm her wild behavior. Finally, with the Battle of Waterloo raging just miles away, civilians fleeing and The wounded pouring back into the town, Lady Barbara discovers where her heart really lies, and like a true noblewoman, she rises to The occasion, and to The demands of love, life and war. . . "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. " -KATIE FFORDE
Miss Annis Wychwood, at twenty-nine, has long been on the shelf, but this bothers her not at all. She is rich and still beautiful and she enjoys living independently in Bath, except for the tiresome female cousin, who her very proper brother insists must live with her. When Annis offers sanctuary to the very young runaway heiress Miss Lucilla Carleton, no one at all thinks this is a good idea. With the exception of Miss Carleton's overbearing guardian, Mr. Oliver Carleton, whose reputation as the rudest man in London precedes him. Outrageous as he is, the charming Annis ends up finding him absolutely irresistible.
"A treasure beyond price. The Masqueraders is a wicked delight, worth more than its weight in gold. " -Anne Stuart Such a daring escape. . . Their infamous adventurer father has taught Prudence Tremaine and her brother Robin to be masters of disguise. Ending up on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion, brother and sister flee to London, Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin a lovely young lady. Could cost them both their hearts. . . Then Prudence meets the elegant Sir Anthony Fanshawe, and Robin becomes the mysterious hero of the charming Letitia Grayson, and in order to have what they truly want, The two masqueraders must find a way to unmask themselves without losing their lives. . . "What with elopements, rescues, duels, and cards, The story goes excitingly; and finally the magnificent but dubious father proves himself a Viscount. it is a picturesque and engaging story. " -THE SPECTATOR PRAISE for GEORGETTE HEYER: "Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit. " Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC "Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen. " Publishers Weekly "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. " Katie Fforde WHAT READERS SAY: "Heyer manages to make us believe in this entertaining masquerade of the siblings posing each as a member of the opposite sex. Very true to The period indeed. Strongly recommended. " "Such a great book-the ultimate romantic, swashbuckling, identity-swapping fantasy. " "A must-read for Heyer fans. " "Anyone who loves Shakespeare's Viola (and who thinks Shakespeare didn't give her enough to do in Twelfth Night) will enjoy Georgette Heyer's heroine Prudence. " "I wore the cover out on this one almost forty years ago. Believe me, Ms Heyer stands the test of time!"
There are heroes and villains but only one king. . . John, Duke of Bedford, grew to manhood fighting for his father, King Henry IV of England, On the wild and lawless Northern Marches. He was a prince of the royal blood, loyal, strong, and The greatest ally that his brother-the future Henry V-was to have. Filled with the clash of bitter rivalries and deadly power struggles, this is Georgette Heyer's last and most ambitious novel, bringing to life a character and a period she found irresistibly attractive. Bonus reading group guide available inside PRAISE for GEORGETTE HEYER "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. " New York Times Book Review "The real charm of the story lies in the vivid portrayal of life in the Middle Ages, The dominance of the church and The character of John whose responsibilities seem heavy for his years. Childhood was short, apparently, In those long-ago times. And Miss Heyer's use of words and expressions is fascinating, a constant reminder of the period and how language changes. " Wichita Falls Times "Miss Heyer was an outstanding storyteller. " Times Literary Supplement "With incredibly extensive scholarship, Miss Heyer tells the drama of an entire era. " Columbus Dispatch "Miss Heyer brings the spirit of the Middle Ages to life in every chapter. " Best Sellers
The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible-no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up. The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, the neighbor who's in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow's emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there's the blackmail plot that may-or may not-be at the heart of the case. . . PRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER: Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit. Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen. Publishers Weekly Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. Katie Fforde
"Triumphantly good. . . Georgette Heyer is unbeatable. " - India Knight, Sunday Telegraph An impetuous flight. . . Tiffany Wield's bad behavior is a serious trial to her chaperone. "On the shelf " at twenty-eight, Ancilla Trent strives to be a calming influence on her tempestuous charge, but then Tiffany runs off to London alone and Ancilla is faced with a devastating scandal. A gallant rescue. . . Sir Waldo Hawkridge, confirmed bachelor and one of the wealthiest men in London, comes instantly to The aid of the intrepid Ancilla to stop Tiffany's flight, and in the process discovers that it's never too late for The first bloom of love. "A writer of great wit and style. . . I've read her books to ragged shreds. " Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT the NONESUCH: "A lovely, entertaining read, full of deliciously entertaining character studies, witty dialogue, a gentle secondary romance and, Of course, The main love story. This is another of Heyer's 'older heroine' novels, subtle, romantic, and very enjoyable. Highly recommended!" "One of the wittiest stories Heyer has concocted, that will have you chuckling to yourself. " "The same flashes of wit, The wonderful dialogue, and The ridiculous intrigue that are all the ingredients of a first-rate Georgette Heyer. " "No other novelist recreates the manners, dress, behaviour, and language of the Regency period as well as [Georgette Heyer] did. " "Heyer moves into Austen territory-delightfully!"
"Miss Heyer's characters act and speak with an ease and conviction that is as refreshing as it is rare in the ordinary mystery novel. "-Times Literary Supplement"The characters are. . . among the most complex and believable characters she has created. "-Boston Evening TranscriptA family tyrant whose murder has shocking and far-reaching consequences. . . Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, yet ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusation and suspicion turn in one direction, then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion. What readers are saying:"The psychology of the suspects was fascinating. ""An impressive piece of writing, darker than Heyer's other mysteries. "Georgette Heyerwrote over fifty books, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband, Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterization.
"Sparkling . . . The stories run the gamut from cloak-and-dagger to whimsical-comedy. "-Best Sellers "A delightful assortment. " -Library JournalIntrigue,elegance,and glittering romance. . . In eleven charming short stories, the Queen of Regency romance presents an exquisite romp through affairs of honor and affairs of the heart. Featuring rakes and rascals, orphans and heirs, beauties and their beaus, the legendary Georgette Heyer's signature wit and inimitable style bring the Regency world dazzlingly alive. WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:"These stories have the real feel-good factorlike curling up with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of wine on a cold winter's day. Bliss!" "Such fun. . . Each story works brilliantly on its own. ""A wonderful book to dip into or read right through. "GEORGETTE HEYER wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.
"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable!"--SUNDAY TELEGRAPHFor her, he would do anything...Plainspoken country gentleman Philip Jettan won't bother with a powdered wig, high heels, and fashionable lace cuffs, until he discovers that his lovely neighbor is enamored with a sophisticated man-about-town...But what is it that she really wants?Cleone Charteris sends her suitor Philip away to get some town polish, and he comes back with powder, patches, and all the manners of a seasoned rake. Does Cleone now have exactly the kind of man she's always wanted, or was her insistence on Philip's remarkable transformation a terrible mistake?What readers say:"Charming, charming, charming. And highly readable!""Witty dialogue and well-developed storylines--even Jane Austen could do no better. ""Scintillating and very human love story by an author of exceptional talents. ""Ms Heyer's effervescent wit and obvious ability to tell a good and humorous story is already evident, making Powder and Patch an enjoyable and worthwhile read. ""This story sparkles with witty dialogue and wonderful descriptions of costumes and festivities of the 1700s. I re-read it at least once a year and I enjoy it as much as the first time, again and again!"
"Fascinating reading. . . authentic atmosphere in a delightful Enlgish tale" -Chicago Sunday Tribune Less than a hero's welcome. . . Returning to his family seat from Waterloo, Gervase Frant, seventh Earl of St Erth, could have expected more enthusiasm for his homecoming. His quiet cousin, stepmother, and young half-brother seem openly disappointed that he survived the wars. And when he begins to fall for his half-brother's sweetheart, his chilly reception goes from unfriendly to positively murderous. One of Heyer's most suspenseful Regency romances, The Quiet Gentleman combines an ingenious mystery plot with her signature witty style and effervescently engaging characters. What Readers Say: "A must read. You will love the quirky characters, the great suspense plot, and the incredible wit. " "A breath of fresh air. . . Heyer's witty dialog, engaging and sparkling characters, and humorous repartee make this an engaging and wonderful read. " "One of my favourites; it is a mystery as well as a lighthearted comedy of manners. " Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.
An altogether unsatisfactory arrangementAfter their father's death, Miss Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian, Lord Worth, expecting an elderly gentleman. To their surprise and utter disgust, their guardian is not much older than they are, doesn't want the office of guardian any more than they want him, and is determined to thwart all their interests and return them to the country. With altogether too many complicationsBut when Miss Taverner and Peregrine begin to move in the highest social circles, Lord Worth cannot help but entangle himself with his adventuresome wards. . . WHAT REVIEWERS SAY ABOUT REGENCY BUCK:"Clever!"Library Journal"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable. "Sunday Telegraph"Light and frothy, in the vein of the author's other Regency novels, this follows the fortunes of Miss Judith Taverner and her brother, Sir Peregrine. A good introduction to Heyer's period stories. . . " The Booklist"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen. "Publishers Weekly WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT REGENCY BUCK"A writer of great wit and style. . . I've read her books to ragged shreds"Katie Fenton, Daily Telegraph "The conversation sparkles, the characters are real, and the descriptions stand before you. Can't miss it. ""It makes you believe in love all over again. ""Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire too. "Katie Fforde"Wholly captivating!""I have read all of Georgette Heyer's books, and Regency Buck remains my favorite--after a few dozen readings! The mysterious plot, the wonderful dialogue, the splendid Regency settings, the chemistry between the impulsive heroine and the sardonic hero--all these add up to a Regency masterpiece and the ultimate rainy night comfort read!""Georgette Heyer has no equal when it comes to that wonderful brand of Regency fun and laughter. Her research is so true to that age I feel as though I am riding in Hyde Park with the characters, or on the battlefield at Waterloo, Regency Buck lead me to read An Infamous Army and many of her other wonderful books. "
This brilliantly entertaining novel is a fictionalization of the true story of Charles II, charting his daring flight to France after the Battle of Worcester, where Cromwell and his Protestant forces defeated the Catholic king.
In the early 15th century, during the middle of the Hundred Years' War, England and France were fighting for sovereignty over France. It was a time of hand-to-hand combat, the invention of the longbow, and real knights in armor. Simon Beauvallet was born in 1386, the illegitimate son of Geoffrey of Malvallet. After his mother's death in 1400, he and his half-brother, the legitimate son and heir of his father, became great friends of the Prince, fighting against France. Known for his silence and nicknamed "the Coldheart," Simon nonetheless loved children and had a complex and deep personality. After the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, he was sent to besiege Belremy, where he met the lady, Margaret, who eventually surrendered to the English and became his bride. "She makes the knightly days live again. " -Boston Evening Transcript"An outstanding storyteller. " -The Times Literary Supplement
Based on the true story of Brigade-Major Harry Smith and the very young Spanish noblewoman he met and married during the Peninsular Wars, when the Duke of Wellington's forces fought Napoleon's army in Spain and Portugal. After marrying Harry Smith when she was 14 years old, Juana Smith "followed the drum," marching at the back of the troops along with the other wives and the officers' servants. Juana became a camp favorite, charming all with her youthful enthusiasm. In spite of the danger, Juana thrived on military life and her passionate, if somewhat stormy, relationship with Harry. Heyer's research encompassed every available diary from that time period, including Harry Smith's, and all of the Duke of Wellington's writings and dispatches. She brings alive military life during the Regency period, how the armies marched and fought, as well as how the nobility provided for its own comfort with servants, horses, dogs and furniture.
A dashing man of honor. . . En route to propose to his sensible acquaintance Lady Hester, Sir Gareth Ludlow finds young, pretty Amanda wandering unattended and knows it is his duty to bring her back to her family. This turns out to be a challenge as Amanda seems to possess an imagination as intriguing as it is dangerous. A shocking refusal. . . Lady Hester stuns both him and her family when she refuses him. At her age, no one would expect her to turn down such an eligible suitor. But Lady Hester has met the indomitable Amanda. How can the quiet, intelligent Hester hope to compete with such a lively young lady? WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: "Wonderful Heyer! You must read this one, really it's one of her best . . . charming and funny. " "Crisp, funny, and wonderful to read. " "The best Regency-era romance novel ever written . . . I had exactly the same reaction to Sprig Muslin that I had with Austen's Pride and Prejudice-an overwhelming sense of relief and satisfaction that it had ended in exactly the way I had wanted it to . . . So excellently done and such fun!" "Hilarious. I recommend Georgette Heyer to anyone in need of a bit of cheering up. " GEORGETTE HEYER wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.
Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Hon Phoebe Marlowe will meet his exacting requirements for a bride. If he does not expect to meet a tongue- tied stripling wanting both manners and conduct, then he is intrigued indeed when his visit causes Phoebe to flee her home. They meet again on the road to London, where her carriage has come to grief in the snow. Yet Phoebe, already caught in one imbroglio, now knows she soon could be well deep in another.
". . . A long-lost family heirloom, a young heir falsely accused of murder, a band of smugglers, two utterly delightful Heyer heroines, a taciturn, but highly resourceful older gentleman - all play their parts in a tale funny enough to have you laughing aloud. " Publishers Weekly One of Heyer's funniest Regency romances, and one of readers' favorites. An impetuous young lady and a fugitive nobleman. . . When spirited Eustacie stumbles into a band of smugglers, she is delighted to be having an adventure at last. Their leader, young heir Ludovic Lavenham, Is in hiding, falsely accused of murder. Pursued by the law, Eustacie and Ludovic find refuge at an unassuming country inn. and The delightfully sensible couple who try to keep them out of trouble. . . The resourceful Miss Sarah Thane and The clear-thinking Sir Tristram Shield gamely endeavor to prevent Ludovic's arrest and Eustacie's ruin as the four conspire to recover the missing talisman ring that will clear Ludovic's name. WHAT READERS SAY: "A story in the manner of Jane Austen, Of domestic comedy and love affairs. " Times Literary Supplement "A sparklingly witty book that had me laughing out loud. " "A perfect blend of romance, adventure, and, especially, humor. One couple is young and brash and fun, and The other is older and more mature. Seeing the older couple's relationship grow is one of the story's highlights. "This is a wonderfully rich novel, full of excellent secondary characters with lots of charm and wit. " "Nonstop laughter from cover to cover. . . probably because there are two heroes and two heroines, and their chemistry with each other is just sparkling!" "Hilarious! A hallmark of most of Georgette Heyer's works is her sense of humor. . . her wit and comedic timing are at their best. "
Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer's career. It features two of Heyer's most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignomy and comes to love and marry. The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy's clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys "Leon" and makes the child his page. "Leon" is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation.
Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer's career. It features two of Heyer's most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignomy and comes to love and marry. The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy's clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys Leon and makes the child his page. Leon is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation. PRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER: Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit. Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen. Publishers Weekly Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. Katie Fforde Absolute monarch of the Regency romance. Kirkus Reviews
One heir after another turns up dead. . . Silas Kane's sixtieth birthday party is marred by argument and dissension amongst his family, and then the next morning, Kane is found dead. The coroner's verdict of death by misadventure would seem to confirm that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog. But then his heir is shot, and threats are made against the next in line to inherit his fortune. The redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde is called in to investigate. All clues point to an apparently innocuous eighty-year-old woman, but as the Inspector delves further into the case, he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. . . *** PRAISE FOR THEY FOUND HIM DEAD: Ranks alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey, and Allingham. San Francisco Chronicle The author introduces us to enough lively and interesting people to make the book attractive even without its ingenious detective plot. The Times Literary Supplement Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me. . . I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go'. Dorothy L. Sayers *** More Praise for Miss Heyer: Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit. Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen. Publishers Weekly Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. Katie Fforde
"Witty. . . a cheerful extravaganza. " -The New Yorker His exploits were legendary. . . Captain John Staple, back from the battlefront, is already bored with his quiet civilian life in the country. When he stumbles upon a mystery involving a disappearing toll-gate keeper, nothing could keep the adventure-loving captain from investigating. But winning her will be his greatest yet. . . The plot thickens when John encounters the enigmatic Lady Nell Stornaway and soon learns that rescuing her from her unsavory relatives makes even the most ferocious cavalry charge look like a particularly tame hand of loo. Between hiding his true identity from Nell and the arrival in the neighborhood of some distinctly shady characters, Captain Staple finds himself embarked on the adventure-and romance-of a lifetime. "Spritely and good fun. "-New York Herald Tribune "Once again Georgette Heyer has directed her comic genius along the fictional highway of early nineteenth-century England, but this time. . . cleaves with refreshing persistence to the commoner levels of life. "-Chicago Sunday Tribune "Told in elegant prose with exceptionally humorous dialogue by the Queen of Regency romance. "-Good Book Guide
A houseful of people he loathes is not Sir Arthur's worst problem...It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest-list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved-and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests fi nd themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before-but this time, the talented young inspector discovers much more than he's bargained for. PRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER:"Miss Heyer has the delightful talent of blending humor with mystery. "Boston Evening Transcript"Heyer is an author to read-this means you!"New York Herald Tribune"Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me. . . I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go. '"Dorothy L. Sayers
"Wonderful entertainment from first page to last. " _ Chicago Sunday Tribune A past dispute . . . When the irascible Lord Darracott's eldest son dies unexpectedly, the noble family must accept their estranged Yorkshire cousin as heir apparent. They are convinced he will prove to be a sadly vulgar person, but nothing could have prepared the beleaguered family for the arrival of Major Hugo Darracott . . . A present deception . . . His clever and beautiful cousin Anthea is sure there's more to the gentle giant than Hugo's innocent blue eyes and broad Yorkshire brogue would lead one to believe. But even she doesn't guess what he's capable of, until a family crisis arises and only Hugo can preserve the family's honor, leading everybody on a merry chase in the process . . . What Readers Say: "What Heyer does best: comedy, engaging characters, and excellent writing. " "A very enjoyable romp with a positively masterly denouement. " "Georgette Heyer reaches the pinnacle of her skill with this book. " "Among the best of Heyer's Regency novels _ very, very funny. " "The pitch-perfect comedy, as the Ajax takes the reins of the family, is fantastic. " Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.
In all her twenty-five years, lovely Venetia Lanyon has never been further than Harrogate, nor enjoyed the attentions of any but her two wearisomely persistent suitors. Then, in one extraordinary encounter, she meets a neighbour she only knows by reputation - the infamous Lord Damerel - and before she knows better, is egging on a libertine whose way of life has scandalised the North Riding for years.
Every family has secrets, but the Fountains' are turning deadly. . . On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her-at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up. . . In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled. Fortunately, in ferreting out a desperate killer, amateur sleuth Amberley is as brilliant as he is arrogant, but this time he's not sure he wants to know the truth. . .
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