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A Blunt Instrument [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

"Ranks alongside such incomparable whodunnit authors as Christie,

Marsh, Tey, and Allingham."

-San Francisco Chronicle

Who would kill the perfect gentleman?

When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him?

Superintendent Hannasyde, with consummate skill, uncovers one dirty little secret after another, and with them, a host of people who all have reasons for wanting Fletcher dead. Then, a second murder is committed, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case, and Hannasyde realizes he's up against a killer on a mission...

"Given the chance I could happily devour a stack of her novels one after the other."

-A Work In Progress

"A few things that you are guaranteed when you pick up a Georgette Heyer novel of any kind are unique characters and a fast-paced plot."

-We Be Reading

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About the Author

Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. She wrote twelve detective stories, which earned her much critical acclaim and the title 'Queen of Crime.' Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402218001
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reissue edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PJ7ARY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Georgette Heyer's Breezy Style and Her Humor May 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have always loved Georgette Heyer's writing style. She always uses her words in a clever and breezy way. She has truly humorous characters that are highly memorable. I highly recommend her mysteries! Having said that though, anyone reading her mysteries MUST remember the time in which she wrote. In our modern 21st century era readers expect a certain level of sophistication in their mysteries. But since Heyer wrote most of her mysteries in the 1930's you should expect them to read differently that a modern mystery. Her mysteries ARE NOT fast paced reads like the Jason Bourne novels, but more a leisurely stroll into the time and place of which she wrote. Many of her choices in words and situations reflect a time that is much different than our modern day.

I look upon her writings as a microcosm of a time and place that I did not know personally. Since I am an American, my knowledge of life in 1930's Britain is almost nonexistant, but I find it a fascinating era. One thing I have always loved about Heyer is her use of the English language. I have read this book many times in book form and just recently finished the Kindle Edition, which allows me to instantly look up a reference or word definition. Wow! I was amazed at her ability to find the perfect word to fit the circumstances. I have a reasonably good vocabulary and understanding of words, but looking up some of her references really expanded my knowledge. Looking up words such a tout, panegyric, vieux jeu, atavism, "blood and thunder" or ha'p'orth (and many more) really helped me to THINK about what she was writing. Her ability to use an obscure word that perfectly fits the situation has really intrigued me and more than once brought a smile to my face.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try reading twice January 19, 2013
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Heyer must have had enormous fun writing this one: she flings her clues at the reader with incredible audacity. This book needs a second reading to appreciate her sense of humor -- much as mischievous as her character Neville Fletcher.

I really enjoy light-fiction writers who understand that what they are doing is entertainment, and enter into a tacit complicity with the reader, assuming intelligence on the part of same. To this end, Georgette Heyer creates some fairly realistic characters and scenes, and some rather fanciful ones. Her fanciful characters, however, are frequently acting that role deliberately. As to her realistic characters and scenes, there is in this book a scene between an estranged husband and wife that is so touching and rings so true that one wonders if Heyer had seen or participated in something of the sort.

If you enjoy Blunt Instrument -- even mildly -- put it away for a year (or a decade) and read it again, with full knowledge of who the killer is and how he committed the murders. See if you don't agree with me that Heyer must have been chuckling along from page one to the end. This is my (accidental) second reading of Blunt Instrument, and I laughed aloud continually at Heyer's skill and wicked sense of humor.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously ridiculously funny. February 7, 2008
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Hilariously ridiculously funny. Again, Georgette Heyer's characters and dialogues are highly entertaining and witty. The plot is very well thought out too. I disagree with those who think this book is dull. Dull is never the word for this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable but otherwise unmemorable December 5, 2004
By Ron
An old-fashioned murder mystery set in the days when life was simpler. I hardly ever figure out 'whodunit', and thus probably enjoy these types of books more than more discerning readers. But even I figured this one out fairly quickly. Maybe I've finally read enough to see the clues. Still, I recommend this as a lite-snack for the brain.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bash on the Head August 5, 2007
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"A Blunt Instrument" is below the style expected of Ms. Heyer. Too many characters have a reason to kill Ernest Fletcher, a ladies man drawn to the fine line of repulsive, it makes a modern reader wonder why any woman would get within fifty feet of him.
The best lines are among Superintendent Hannasyde and Sargent Hemmingway as they plot the crime and its execution with a Biblical quoting local policeman who discovered the body. Other exchanges between characters seemed contrived and uncomfortable.
A good read, but not one of her best, which includes an interesting romance.
Nash Black, author of "Qualifying Laps" and "Sins of the Fathers."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Agatha Christie, read this mystery! December 29, 2010
I found this book refreshing. I have read all of Agatha Christie's 79 mysteries and for the most part have read contemporary mysteries since then. Excepting Sherlock Holmes books and mysteries by Dorothy Sayers, I haven't been able to find mysteries set in historical England. Hooray! I'm so pleased to have stumbled onto the fact that one of my favorite romance writers wrote a few mysteries!

I did not love this book, but I did enjoy it very much. I was able to guess whodunit, which is unusual for me. I don't THINK it was obvious, but it's so difficult to be subjective! I thought the book was very interesting. There are a couple of strange characters, but I think that adds rather than detracts.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable May 2, 2011
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I was able to guess the murderer from the start and I spent the rest of the book hoping I was wrong. Should I be proud of myself or disappointed because it was too obvious? I still enjoyed the book, but the mystery wasn't really a mystery to me. The characters of Neville Fletcher and Sally Drew were amusing but I actually enjoyed Sergeant Hemingway and his slight bitterness the most. I've read enough of Heyer's detective novels now to where I know there is a romance in each of them so it doesn't surprise me anymore. This one did feel a bit tacked on, but still cute nonetheless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Neville in the mix
It is amazing these books haven't been turned into movies! Or have I missed something? The recent discovery that Georgette Heyer wrote mysteries (yep I did miss that), is so... Read more
Published 3 days ago by C. Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars but still good
if story is going to drag out as much, it should be more in the style of stephen king, but still good
Published 8 days ago by charles brutkoski
5.0 out of 5 stars good writing
More story and plot , good writing
Published 19 days ago by Pat Henson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer At Her Best
This is such a good story that keeps you guessing right until the end. One of the really great things about Georgette Heyer is that she knows how to bring humor into the story... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Blunt Instrument
I have been a reader of Georgette Heyer books since I was in my twenties and so far I think this is the best
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love Georgette Heyer's mysteries as much as her regency romances. She develops her characters so well you think of some of them as friends.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Garel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I really enjoyed this one. It started unexpectedly and it was fun to try and figure out who did it!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Blunt Instrument
I really don't like Ms Heyer's style of writing and I have not even finished the book. Maybe later, when I've nothing else to read.
Published 3 months ago by Jean L Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer
This is book is a good read and good portrayal of the time period and customs. The story is interesting and keeps one guessing.
Published 3 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE
A GOOD Read and a great mystery, for once I guessed who done it HALF way through the story. Try it you will like it
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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