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Georgette HeyerGeorgette Heyer  (1902 – 1974) was an English historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel ‘The Black Moth’.  After her novel ‘These Old Shades’ became popular, despite its release during the General Strike, Heyer determined that publicity was not necessary for good sales, and refused to grant interviews. 

Heyer essentially established the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance. Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting.

Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.  Although many critics describe Heyer’s detective novels as unoriginal, others such as Nancy Wingate praise them “for their wit and comedy as well as for their well-woven plots”.

Heyer’s mysteries followed a pair of detectives named Superintendent Hannasyde and Inspector Hemingway. They were never as popular as other fictional detectives of the era, such as Hercule Poirot, Campion, or Lord Peter Wimsey. The rather dull Inspector Hemingway is the primary detective in Heyer’s sole contribution to the locked room sub-genre.
(Edited from Wikipedia: Georgette Heyer)

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Note: A murderous Christmas reunion.

Nathaniel Herriard never wanted a Christmas family reunion, but was soon killed inside his well locked study. Inspector Hemingway must unravel all the events of the murderous holiday season!

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