Behold, Here’s Poison

By Georgette Heyer

I Listened to the audible edition last month after reading it multiple times years ago. I mis-remembered who the murderer was, so it was a surprise. The character of sharp-tongued, witty, cynical Randall is the main attraction in this book. The reader did a good job of conveying his “amiable snake” personality. A little over the top at first, but settled down just enough later. Randall is very much a modern version of the author’s Duke of Avon from her beloved These Old Shades. He was as entertaining as ever, although part of the initial attraction on first read was the delightful surprise when he made a match with Stella, who was not as appealing as I remembered, and certainly does not have the strong personality and intelligence to stand up to Randall. I fear he will grow bored with her sooner rather than later. This is a typical English country house murder-mystery. And the mystery, both the method and the murderer, is top notch. It is set in the 1930’s and written in the 1930’s, so it is awash with authentic period detail, customs, manners, and attitudes. As such, it should be a delight to those who might be attracted to those times. **3 stars out of 5**

November 20, 2016

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