The Unfinished Clue

The stabbing of irascible General Sir Arthur Billington Smith fails to stir up grief in anyone least of all his family, which is no wonder considering the way he had treated them all during the fateful weekend He had disinherited his son, humiliated his wife, refused to help his financially stricken nephew and made no secret of his loathing for his son s fianc e, a cabaThe stabbing of irascible General Sir Arthur Billington Smith fails to stir up grief in anyone least of all his family, which is no wonder considering the way he had treated them all during the fateful weekend He had disinherited his son, humiliated his wife, refused to help his financially stricken nephew and made no secret of his loathing for his son s fianc e, a cabaret dancer Inspector Harding picks his way through a mass of familial discontent to find the culprit and find much besides.
The Unfinished Clue The stabbing of irascible General Sir Arthur Billington Smith fails to stir up grief in anyone least of all his family which is no wonder considering the way he had treated them all during the fatefu

  • Title: The Unfinished Clue
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
  • ISBN: 9780099493730
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. A tyrannical host found stabbed to death in his study, a group of guests each having a reason to hate him and a young and clever detective from Scotland Yard. The stage, an English country house weekend interspersed with cocktails, teas and politely traded barbs. Written back in 1934, The Unfinished Clue is a classic Golden Age mystery abounding in wit, atmosphere and old-fashioned charm, where the intricate web of suspicions is subtly interwoven and the tension is conveyed through engaging and [...]

    2. One of the best benefits of a bad memory is the ability to reread mysteries! I didn't remember this at all when I started rereading it -- I know I have read it as I own it and I love Heyer but nothing about the blurb seemed familiar. About halfway through I suddenly did recall a big part of the solution (though as it turned out, not the guilty person!) but by that time I was caught up in the book & could enjoy it even knowing (as I thought) whodunit. So it was a fun surprise to find out I di [...]

    3. Oh, this was so good! Witty, fun, and completely engaging!Entering Georgette Heyer's magical world of Regency romances was one darn good decision I made, but branching out and trying some of her mysteries is definitely one as well. The characters might not be quite so loveable, the dialogue perhaps not as hilarious, and there might not be as many clothing description and everyday details, but on the other hand there is suspense, secrets, and the wonderful 1930's English country-house atmosphere. [...]

    4. My first Georgette Heyer book, and I'll most definitely be back for more!Really enjoyed this whodunnit, involving a large cast of characters and an English country manor. The plot was reminiscent of Agatha Christie, but the writing and the language was most enjoyable for me. Loved being thrown back to 1930's England. A strong mystery, one which I certainly did not solve!

    5. My first foray into the murder mysteries of Georgette Heyer, and it won't be my last.Heyer, while better known for her regency and Georgian romances, also wrote a fair number of mysteries along the lines of Agatha Christie.This novel, written in 1934, has all the classic elements of an English "Golden Age" mystery:- The bucolic country setting complete with stately home, a rose garden, and a staff of well-trained servants who know their place.- A crusty old curmudgeon of a victim, who no one (in [...]

    6. For real, is there anything as fun as an old-fashioned murder mystery in an English country house? They're like catnip to me, to the extent that I've seen Gosford Park at least six times and aren't even close to getting sick of it.Speaking of which, Georgette Heyer's The Unfinished Clue is almost a carbon copy of that movie. We have a motley assortment of guests gathered together in a country home for the weekended (they include the host's mistress, the man in love with the host's wife, and the [...]

    7. Georgette Heyer, best known for her Regency romances, also wrote several mysteries, and The Unfinished Clue was the first that I have read. Actually, I listened to the Audible audiobook, narrated by Ulli Birve, who also has narrated several other Heyer mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and plan to try some of the others.Given that I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and that I also love house party settings, this book was right down my alley. It features an ill-assorted group of house guest [...]

    8. Admitting you’re a murder mystery addict is sort of like admitting you buy bags of Fritos knowing you’re the only one in the house who will eat them. You tell yourself, “Maybe someone will drop in for lunchMaybe I’ll have some little kids over,” but really you’re a just a pathetic chow hound. I tell myself that mysteries exercise my brain somehow, but we all know they’re just entertainment, especially as I rarely figure out who done it. However, while I may have no restraint, at le [...]

    9. This was my first Heyer mystery, and it was a surprisingly good time! It reads like a mix between Christie and Wodehouse, with larger-than-life characters and some very funny one-liners. The descriptions of British country life and customs are very exacting and detailed, right down to the social stratification of the police (see below) and the appropriate time of day to start drinking cocktails. Because it's Heyer, there's also a romance, which I enjoyed more than I probably should have (given ( [...]

    10. An acrimonious country houseparty weekend turns murderous and Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Harding has his work cut out for him. Everyone hated the victim and nearly the whole house full of family and guests and neighbors could have done it.I enjoyed the over the top characters such as Lola the cabaret dancer, Frances the supercilious and expensive cousin, Fay the longsuffering wife, the Vicar's wife in all her righteous indignation, and Camille the spiteful cat of a guest. But to balance [...]

    11. A most enjoyable mystery, my first by Heyer and I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a cozy mystery, involving the murder of a cantankerous man, unloved by pretty well everybody associated with him. Inspector Harding is called down from Scotland Yard to investigate and ultimately solves the crime. I liked his character very much and also that of his plodding Sgt. There were also other characters I liked very much, especially Miss Fawcett. No reliance on fancy CSI-type technology, basically interviews an [...]

    12. I don't know why nobody pointed me at Georgette Heyer before. In style and substance her work is much like Mary Stewart's or perhaps Agatha Christie's, and Dorothy L. Sayers set some store by her too. It's a country house murder mystery, with a good number of highly suspicious subjects, a cool and collected young woman who keeps her head and assists the police wonderfully, and an eligible bachelor of a detective to be fallen in love with. The mystery itself is rather typical of the type, with a [...]

    13. A competent, but not tremendously compelling mystery, lightened a little by Lola-the-dancer, who is forthright and wholly without morals. I enjoyed the main POV character, Dinah, but did not find her very quick romance particularly interesting.Good narrator.

    14. It's always hard to transition to a new book after I've read something really good. When that happens, I look for a good "palate cleanser," meaning a book with a straightforward story that's engaging without being too challenging. A Georgette Heyer mystery really fits the bill. I think of her mysteries as what Jane Austen would have written if she'd been transplanted to the Golden Age of Mystery. There is always a cast of ill-assorted characters, some of whom will be the kind you love to hate. T [...]

    15. As with all mysteries one must not say too much. But I can say that I started this with the hope that it would be like Why Shoot a Butler?. I had one fear and that was the fear of it being like Behold, Here's Poison. Thank goodness it wasn't! In fact it was even better than Why Shoot A Butler. Now this my just be me but I didn't get the Unfinished Clue. I guess I'm just thick. Anyhow that's neither here nor There… The characters were real with real life quirks and I even felt for the murderer/ [...]

    16. A country house gathering where the host, General Sir Arthur Billington-Smith rules the roost with a rod of iron. He regularly upsets his family, other members of his household and even the guests are not spared from his vitriolic tongue. So, perhaps it is no wonder when he is discovered stabbed to death in his study. But who could have perpetrated the crime, the suspects are so numerous and the local constabulary, conscious of the need not to upset the upper classes with whom they will have to [...]

    17. A classic British murder-in-a-country house fun read - the characters aren't nearly as fully fleshed out as in most Agatha Christies, but they're a lot wittier.

    18. Lovely English country-house murder novel that never fails to please. The victim was a bully to his wife - a long-suffering, wilting flower. The man who loves her is chivalrous to the extreme. There's the level headed sister, a couple of not-good-for-much heirs who are good for lots of witty dialogue plus a Mexican cabaret dancer who provides the silliness. Two neighborhood ladies pop in to stir things up now and then, and the Scotland Yard detective is the best example of the breed - intelligen [...]

    19. My first Heyer novel, but definitely not my last. The dialogue is very witty and the characters are great. It is not a thought provoking, strenuous read, but a thoroughly enjoyable, fun read.

    20. I had read Heyer's Regency novels but never any of her mysteries. I was so pleased with this one! The characters, the plotting, and the twists made this a fast enjoyable read for me.

    21. Golden Age mystery. Sir Arthur Billington-Smith is not a pleasant man, and his unpleasantness is at full force on the weekend in which his son brings home the Mexican cabaret dancer he claims he is going to marry, to a country house party already filled with disparate people working at enough cross-purposes to hang each other. His murder, while not much of a tragedy, is about the only thing that could have made the weekend more ghastly.This was one of my least favourite of the Heyer mysteries. O [...]

    22. Who would want to kill Sir Arthur Billington Smith? Turns out everyone. He was a real jerk. He treated everyone so horrialbe even his wife and son. Always yelling at them and putting them down. Then flirting and getting way too friendly with a house guest right in front of his wife and her husband. Not a great human being. I loved Dinah the heroine and how she never let anyone push her around. She is the kind of person you would love to have as a friend. She is one of the only people who will go [...]

    23. I like a country-house murder as much, apparently, as the readers of the 1930s, especially this kind, when after the killing the characters murmur "Ghastlyastly" and buy an extravagant hat instead of musing about the value of human life.* You and me, 1930s people, we know what we like. However, unlike in a book by Christie (comparison is mandatory), I cracked this case. I actually swiftly and correctly finished the unfinished clue, which is not a sensation I'm used to, and also guessed the ident [...]

    24. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery, so my name is Keri Luna, and I am a Georgette Heyer addict. Her delightful Regency romances and beautifully researched historical fiction novels have already made it so I can't be trusted to go near , and now-- to my horror-- I find I am devouring at least two of her very smart murder mysteries every week. OK. Enough about me."The Unfinished Clue" feels more straightforward than some of her other murder mysteries. Character [...]

    25. Georgette Heyer has long been on my to-be-read list. People have told me that she is the mistress of the romance novel and that I should try her Regencies. However, what I found, when I wanted something light to distract me, was one of her mysteries.This mystery was fun and interesting, but I will stick with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and Margery Allingham. They are the Grand Dames of the golden era of British mystery and I think their stories are better told. Or maybe I ju [...]

    26. A good cozy mystery involving the prototype patriarch with a nasty temper and a much younger wife. He is stabbed to death when the house is full of visitors and everybody there has a reason to murder him. The Scotland Yard detective has a tough job ahead him to find out the killer. It was a comfortable read with the usual death in a library room with family members and visitors wandering hither and thither. A sensible maiden lady who tries to help the police to find out the killer and finally - [...]

    27. Georgette Heyer's detective stories are rather like Patricia Wentworth's in my view, in that they are not always terribly intellectually rigorous, but are enjoyable if you like the period detail and spirited characters. (In this they differ from GH's Regency romances, which sometimes have absolutely shocking gender issues going on, but are meticulously researched in terms of historical detail and are rightly loved by many.)The Unfinished Clue is one of the best of her detective stories, in my vi [...]

    28. Golden age crime fiction with an unfortunate dose of romance, though being Georgette Heyer (her o the bodice rippers my aunt read in my childhood) it's no surprise.Very Christiesque in that the irascible and unpleasant General Billington-Smith is bumped off with a dagger in his library/study (all very Cluedo too) after a disastrous weekend with a host of sorts who could easily be called Scarlett, Plum, Peacock and so on. However, instead of the wit and ego of Poirot or the charm of Miss Marple, [...]

    29. I've read quite a few Heyer's historical romances, but this is her first murder mystery. What was I thinking in waiting this long?! I just hope the rest of her mysteries are this entertaining.The Unfinished Clue takes its sweet time to get to the murder part. It happens almost a third into the book. By that time you are ready to get into the story yourself and strangle the damn character, that's how despicable he is. General Arthur Billington-Smith is a horrible man.There was only one thing I, l [...]

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