Behold, Here's Poison

Behold Here s Poison When Gregory Matthews patriarch of the Poplars is found dead one morning imperious Aunt Harriet blames it on the roast duck he ate for supper After all she had warned him about his blood pressure B

  • Title: Behold, Here's Poison
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
  • ISBN: 9780099493648
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Gregory Matthews, patriarch of the Poplars is found dead one morning, imperious Aunt Harriet blames it on the roast duck he ate for supper After all, she had warned him about his blood pressure But a post mortem determines that the cause of death is much sinister Murder By poison.Suspicion falls immediately amongst his bitter, quarrelsome family Each has a mWhen Gregory Matthews, patriarch of the Poplars is found dead one morning, imperious Aunt Harriet blames it on the roast duck he ate for supper After all, she had warned him about his blood pressure But a post mortem determines that the cause of death is much sinister Murder By poison.Suspicion falls immediately amongst his bitter, quarrelsome family Each has a motive each, opportunity It falls to Superintendent Hannasyde to sift through all the secrets and lies and discover just who killed Gregory Matthews, before the killer strikes again

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    1. This wasn't my finest moment as a moderator, but I was so sure I had a copy of this book. Fortunately TradeMe (NZ's answer to Ebay) came to the rescue & I now own all GH's mysteries. So I'm very late to the party at theGeorgette Heyer Fans GroupMy cover is quite charmingly retro.Unfortunately the pages were falling out as I read them, but I still enjoyed Ms Heyer's remarkable gift of bringing even the most unlikeable characters (& they were mostly very unlikeable) to life. The murder met [...]

    2. Rather a lot of characters in this one, and quite a good mystery.I enjoy the poisonous Randall thoroughly, but I'm not sure if I like him, and I don't think Stella is a strong enough character to hold up against him (and wonder that she should forgive him for his cruelty to gauche teens).It's also one of those stories where I spend some time feeling sorry for characters I'm meant to dislike. Harriet (the dependent sister with the mania for penny-pinching) is no doubt exceedingly annoying, but ho [...]

    3. Most of you are aware of my love for Georgette Heyer, so it's probably no surprise that I couldn't resist trying out one of her mystery novels. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I do believe that this woman could make a grocery list read witty!Behold, Here's Poison is an entertaining little murder mystery with a "Clue" sort of vibe to it. The characters are a little wacky, but in a delightful and amusing way. There's the outrageously thrifty Miss Matthews, moocher extraordinaire Mrs. [...]

    4. A typical Golden Age Mystery: An English country house, a dysfunctional (not always) upper-class family and a whodunit. Georgette Heyer never failed to impress me before, and this time is no exception. It revolves around Gregory Matthews, the head of the family in the Poplars, who's found dead one morning in his bed and it's assumed to be due to natural causes. However his sister is not convinced and demanded a post-mortem, which reveals that he was poisoned. Therefore, Inspector Hannasyde from [...]

    5. A Georgette Heyer mystery, this one was refreshing after all the dull stories about dysfunctional families I had been reading. This one is too about a dysfunctional family, but much more delightful to read than the modern stuff that is being dished out and is so popular. The book starts off with a man, the unlikeable patriarch of a family lying dead and the doctor had already signed his death certificate. But then, a member of the family starts to question the nature of his death and the police [...]

    6. Contrary to what this cover leads one to expect, there are no vampish women or costume parties in this mystery, just an unpleasant extended family who lead boring lives (and deaths -- these are about the most boring murders ever) and eat food that is bad even for the English.

    7. Mr. Gregory Matthews rules his family with an iron fist. He refuses to allow his namby pamby nephew Guy to continue wasting his money as an interior decorator or to allow Stella, Guy's sister, to marry that Dr. Fielding whose family hides a secret. Mr. Matthews does have a soft spot for the ladies. He allows his sister Harriet to live with him and his ditzy sister-in-law, Zoƫ too. When the servants find Mr. Matthews dead one morning it comes as a huge shock to everyone, especially the family. D [...]

    8. I'm still on my Georgette Heyer mystery kick that brought me this latest murder mystery teaser. Set in the London suburbs during the 20's it was full of quirky characters, some good intrigue, and cozy settings that draw the reader in to curl up and relax with a good book.The story is part of a series, but only in a loosely connected way.A detestable head of a family is killed and there are plenty of suspects right under his own roof let alone outside the house, but the method of administering th [...]

    9. After slogging through some of Heyer's duds (No Wind of Blame and Death in the Stocks) I was beginning to worry that getting through my stack of 7 Heyer murder mysteries was going to be a chore. Happily, Behold, Here's Poison was every bit as good as Why Shoot a Butler? and The Unfinished Clue.This offering features a cast of family and friends who all have the motive, means and opportunity to murder gruff and bullying Gregory Matthews, who is found dead in his bed. Did he die of natural causes? [...]

    10. It didn't take me long to realise I have read this Heyer before, but I very much loved romping through this reread. Deftly drawn characters, sparkling dialogue & a novel method of murder - what's not to love?(view spoiler)[ It's easier to guess the murderer than the male love interest (hide spoiler)] & Hemingway is my favourite "Watson!"

    11. It's true - Heyer's mysteries are never quite as mysterious as they should be. I was fairly certain who had committed the crime by the second chapter, and my conclusion proved correct.But never mind - I wasn't in for the mystery. The key is to not see it as anything other than a charming 1930s comedy of errors. I love Georgette Heyer because of her ability to write charming characters. I have read a fair number of regencies and mystery novels where the characters are flat stereotypes of the genr [...]

    12. Heyer has a way of introducing her characters then altering your perception of their qualities. In this book she brings us into a bickering, unhappy, extended family. At first blush there does not seem to be a redeeming feature amongst them yet the one we never meet is the person they consider rude, unpleasant, and, of course, dead. As the interactions progress it appears there are reasons for some of the unpleasant behavior due to the controlling character of the dead man.As with Neville and ot [...]

    13. Loved it. I think this might be my favorite of Ms. Heyer's mysteries. The characterizations are marvelous.

    14. Just re-read this. I did remember, after all these years, what the poison was and how it was delivered to the victims, but not much else.This is not one of my favorite Heyer whodunnits. The mystery is very clever. But I didn't really like any of the characters beyond Carrington(the lawyer) and Hannasyde and his sidekick Hemingway (the two policemen). The 'romance' part was so small as to be almost non-existent and I though them an ill-matched pair.All in all, I'm rate the book sorta 'meh'. I sha [...]

    15. This murder mystery could not have come from anyone but a British author. It is SO typical of the genre: the manor house, the servants, the dysfunctional family. It's all there. The story revolves around the Matthews family, each more detestable than the next. There really aren't any likable characters with the exception of the police Superintendent who doesn't figure all that much in the plot. This is definitely not a police procedural and the detective is only a minor player in the action. As [...]

    16. I was put off by the beginning of this book, which is set in 1930s England. The assortment of catty, underemployed family members/suspects seemed all too typical - and by now terribly trite. But while most of the "cast" remains insufferable, a few - such as Stella and Randall - become more interesting as the plot moves forward. There are also some nice unexpected plot developments. As has been pointed out elsewhere about her mysteries, Heyer seems more interested in the comedy of manners aspect [...]

    17. I liked the earlier Heyer mysteries I've read much more than this one. My lack of enthusiasm is in some part due to the writing but also due to the very poor audio book version I listened to. The reader made unlikeable characters even more so. Indeed, his rendition of Randall made him so very unlikeable that the already thin romantic sub-plot was made totally unbelievable. I found it fairly easy to work out the identity of the murderer, but not the details of why the murder was committed, so I h [...]

    18. At first, everyone thinks that Gregory Matthews died of a combination of nastiness, apoplexy, and the duck he ate for dinner that night. Then Aunt Harriet, "a regular cough drop" dies, too, and that changes everything. Stella and her brother Guy agree that it's just too bad the deaths can't be pinned on poisonous cousin Randall, the heir to the family fortune. A lovely, acid-tongued comedy of manners, as good as anything by Agatha Christie.

    19. Everyone loves a good vintage detective story, obviously. I had never read any of Georgette Heyer's detective novels, and so when I had the opportunity to pick one up for free, I jumped at the chance.Read the rest of my review at my blog, Vintage Novels.

    20. Enjoyable, well written, English whodunit, with some lovely plot twists, dry humour and a little old-fashioned romance along the way. I really feel that Heyer's mysteries are terribly underrated.

    21. As always an entertaining crime novel from the Golden Age. An awful man is found dead and his awful family are all suspected of murder. I wasn't quite sure who'd dunnit but had correct suspicions.

    22. Quite interesting, and entirely unexpectedI must say, I like Hannasyde much better than Hemingway, possibly because the narrator, while quite good overall, does a terrible job of Hemingway's voice

    23. 1936, #2 Inspector Hannasyde, rural England; odd family in an odd, old house, with peculiar servants; multiple murders and lots of intrigue but slow and talky. Traditional genteel cosy.Another odd British family, another peculiar batch of servants, another batch of murder cases with all sorts of possibilities. That's Inspector Hannasyde's lot, and he's rather good at it. Heyer's writing is very smooth and her stories are comfortable reading, if you enjoy "that sort of thing", and I do. Mostly. B [...]

    24. I read this book before and enjoyed it. Yet, when I re-read it yesterday I was as surprised at the ending as if it was totally new to me. Of course, I'm old and addled but I think that what most readers remember about Heyer's off-beat mysteries is not the plot, but the entertaining characters and the wonderful humor.This one was published immediately after DEATH IN THE STOCKS and is very similar - involving an unpleasant older man and his jazzy young relatives. It even brings back the likable ch [...]

    25. I'm not a fan of Ms Heyer's regency romances, but I have enjoyed her mysteries. In this book, the tyrannical patriarch of a family is discovered dead in his bed. While his sister, sister-in-law, niece and nephew who live with him believe he must have died of a heart attack in his sleep and his doctor declares he died of natural causes, his other sister who comes over, takes one look at him and demands a postmortem, much to the alarm and horror of the rest of the family. The heir is loathed by al [...]

    26. Mystery - Copyright 1936First read: June 2009, 4 starsSecond read: September 2016, 4 starsSecond Read: This is a 4 book mystery series (Inspector Hannasyde), now reading all 4 in orderA very clever and entertaining mystery. When Mr. Matthews, wealthy head of the family, is found murdered by poison, his relatives (most of whom live in his mansion) seem to each have a motive.As the dead man's constantly quarrelsome family await the outcome of the investigation, they bicker and insult each other wi [...]

    27. Golden Age mystery. Gregory Matthews is found dead. It seems to be food poisoning, but his meddling sister insists on a post mortem, to the mortification of his family, and the diagnosis is poison. His niece finds it all rather unbearable, and shockingly sordid, and it really doesn't help that cousin Randall, the new head of the family, keeps dropping around to be wear on everybody's nerves and make insinuations.So, I found another Heyer mystery in the library, and couldn't help myself. This one [...]

    28. This is one of the mysteries written by Georgette Heyer, who is perhaps better known for her Regency Romances. Although characters and style of living are similar to those in her romances, this story is truly a murder mystery without the focus on social behaviors of the era. Because this is Heyer, I expected at least a touch of romance, and I was not disappointed in that respect. Because this is Heyer, you'll not be bored with the characters.This was a well-crafted mystery, with some good red he [...]

    29. Loved this book. 4.5 stars. It may not solve all the world's problems, but what it does (British cozy-mystery) it does very well. Heyer is the mistress of writing quirky, amusing characters, and she does it very well here. Heyer is also the mistress of writing sarcastic, sharp-tongued, foppish male characters who have no hesitation saying what others might only think, and who appear somewhat superficial, lazy and idle but actually have hidden depths. Randall is a good example of this (although f [...]

    30. Still held up as four stars for me for sheer enjoyment, thanks to Heyer's ingenious murder method and the murderer (I forgot both from my last read!), her sharp, witty dialogue and her quirky cast of characters - none of whom are terribly likable, except the police and Stella, niece of the first victim.Reading this for the second time with the Georgette Heyer group was fun and entertaining, as always I always gain insight into the author, the characters, the time period. As a fan of historical m [...]

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