Sunday, October 13, 2013

Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer

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Detection Unlimited
by Georgette Heyer

ISBN: 0-553-11040-3
Mass Market Paperback:
250 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Released: 1961, 1979

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Sampson Warrenby was shot with a bullet through his brain under an oak tree. His niece, Mavis, discovers his body and stands to inherit, but many of the people in the village disliked Warrenby. Unfortunately, those who had the greatest motive were at a get-together at the time Warrenby was killed. Only Chief Inspector Hemingway can uncover who had both motive and opportunity.

My Review:
Detection Unlimited is a humorous historical mystery set in England (though it was a contemporary when written in 1953). The story is full of quirky but generally likable characters. Chief Inspector Hemingway is clever and has a sense of humor, but the story also follows the speculations of the village folk about the murder.

The mystery was clue-based. I was pretty certain of whodunit from the beginning and turned out to be correct, yet the answer wasn't as obvious as I'm making it sound. It could have easily been someone else.

There was no sex. There was a minor amount of explicit cussing and some swearing (using "God"). Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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