Tuesday, November 10, 2009
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer: Review
Enter Inspector Hemingway from Scotland Yard. He's been around his fair share of murder cases but even he's stumped. Every lead comes to a dead end. One way or the other, the Inspector will get his man- or woman.
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer is my first Heyer mystery. Unlike her Regency or historical novels, No Wind of Blame is contemporary- for Heyer that is, written in 1939.
No Wind of Blame is not just a mystery; it's funny and entertaining. The characters are quirky and the dialogue witty. Retired actress Ermyntrude (how's that for a handle?) is the epitome of the word diva, with her hysterics and drama. Her daughter Vicky is following in her footsteps. She never enters a 'scene' without being in character, complete with the appropriate costume. Mary is the straight man in this comedy trying to wrangle the characters together and make them act sensibly. The women are the stars of this story, even Inspector Hemingway takes a backseat to the ladies.
As for Inspector Hemingway, we know he'll solve the case, of course, but although I suspected the who, the how surprised me. Everyone had a reason to kill Wally; he wasn't a well loved guy. The Inspector is never fazed. He knows that there is much that the suspects aren't telling. The evidence will solve the case.
If you enjoy mystery, humour and a pinch of romance, you'll be entertained by No Wind of Blame.
Thanks to Sourcebooks for this review copy.