No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mysteries Series #1)

No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mysteries Series #1)

by Georgette Heyer
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No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mysteries Series #1) by Georgette Heyer

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.

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. It is known that she was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, was published in 1921.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and they had one son together, Richard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402218019
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Inspector Hemingway Mysteries Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 169,500
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Georgette Heyer wrote 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.

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No Wind of Blame 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it seemed to have captured the very essence of English society of the time and it was just so accurately done I had no problems picturing the setting, the characters, and as I progressed with the story it just got more interesting. I loved the mystery aspect of this, it certainly did keep me guessing! you're actually left until nearly the very end to learn who the culprit was. I found myself always changing my mind on who might have done it (some of my guesses were so outrageous I'm actually laughing about it now) but it was nice how it was written to make it look like as if each of the suspects could have possibly done it since they all had a motive to do it. Each suspect was explained with their possible connection to the murder and it was done in such a clever way you're left jumping from one character to another pointing the finger as to who did it. Definitely a job well done in that aspect of writing. Character wise, I liked most of them. With a name like Ermyntrude what's not to like! I have to admit I liked Mary from the start. She just seemed so steady and had a serious head on her shoulders I enjoyed her character a lot. I thought Vicky was one of the most annoying characters in the book. I couldn't really stand her and her melodrama and immaturity just made you hate her even more, especially when she started pointing the finger and trying to get Inspector Hemingway to go to other possible suspects to take the blame off of her (in many ways I had it set in my head that she was the one who committed the crime and she was my main suspect, but only because I just couldn't stand her and wanted her out of the way). Hugh doesn't really help much with telling Vicky to be quiet and I really don't see what he sees in her but to each his/her own, right? (I rather wanted him to be with Mary). The Prince was such a stereotypical charming character but had a phony side to him that made him enjoyable to read, especially his behavior towards Ermyntrude, it was obvious he was after her, but it was just funny to see him try and get her attention. A few criticisms about this book, well the plot is a little slow but it's to give you a proper introduction to the characters and a way to get you to know them more so the mystery will work out perfectly. I understand that and think it was a necessity otherwise if you were just to read about the suspects and their motives without really getting to know their character it just wouldn't be a fun read at all. It could have moved a little more quickly though. Another thing, because this book was written in the 30's, it's a very different style of writing and I found it a little hard to get used to. Plus Inspector Hemingway got so analytical about the case, and if you combine that with the style of writing it got hard to follow and understand sometimes. I had to reread some passages to get the understanding of it. Overall, a wonderful mystery read if you have the patience to get through the writing and a slow moving but interesting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read with a touch of Jane Austen, though without her depth and originality of characterization. The ending, though all but announced well before the actual denouement, comes as a surprise nevertheless and is both intricate and ingenious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever, entertaining mystery with humour and a tiny bit of romance - I guessed how it was done but not why, nor who the actual murderer was.
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It is along the lines of Agatha Christie, & I've always loved her books. Excellent classical who done it book.
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hyddyr More than 1 year ago
Enjoy Georgette Heyer? You will enjoy this series!
annasmw More than 1 year ago
I love a fun, easy pulp fiction mystery novel - in general that means something by Janet Evanovich or J.D. Robb - reading a pulp fiction novel from another era was definitely fun! Loved reading quips from another age and Georgette Heyer had an ease to her writing that made it very pleasurable to read. Looking forward to reading the next one!
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Great character development and dialogue. I felt like I was in the middle of a play. Enjoyable, old fashioned mystery, along the lines of Agatha Christie.
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