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NO WIND OF BLAME by Georgette Heyer is 266 pages in paperback form. This is #5 in Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway Series.



Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince Alexis Varasashvil and a scandalous blackmail letter. When Wally Carter was killed, the superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible — no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don’t hold up.

No one cared that Wally Carter was dead. Pity. But someone had cared enough to shoot him through the chest. Who the devil could it be? The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, Ermyntrude Carter, the neighbor who’s in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow’s emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there’s the blackmail plot that may — or may not — be at the heart of the case… The inspector reveals his unnerving talent for solving a fiendish problem.


I enjoyed this book and it was very interesting.  The language was dated and I was amazed at some of the words that were used to describe someone talking.  But when looking them up in the dictionary, I found that it was in most cases the first definition.  I had never read anything like this one before.  I don’t normally read a book out of sequence, but I don’t think this would matter as the story could have been about anyone.  It was almost like a stand alone.

It is classed as romantic suspense, but I felt it was more like a cozy mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie.  There was definitely a lot of drama from the people that were involved.  I had figured out who had committed the crime, just now how it was done.  There were interesting names as well as very interesting and dramatic people.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it was a nice change of pace and would probably read more by Ms. Heyer if I can find them.


THE MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG by Ken Follett is 305 pages in length in Hardback form. It would be classed as historical fiction with a little mystery thrown in.


In 1914, Germany arms for war and the allies are preparing their defences. Both sides need Russia. The Earl of Walden and Winston Churchill plan a secret Russian alliance, but a man steals into England, intent on leaving his mark on history. Fate catches up with a beautiful woman, a young girl and a star-crossed lover, while the police close in on the man who might bring England to her knees.


I loved this book.  It is very well written and makes you want to keep reading the next page.  This is my second book by Mr. Follett and I want to read everything he has written, as the history lessons are wonderful.  This concerned the time just before WWI was started.  There was a slight mention of Churchill throughout the book.  You didn’t really get to know him in this book, but he was talked about and did make some statements throughout the book.

The characters whether they were good or bad were very likeable.  In a way you could understand their point of view even though it might be radical in nature.  It was also interesting to hear about the Suffragettes and Mrs. Pankhurst the leader of the movement.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars as it was very well written.  I enjoyed learning all about the treaty that was made between Russia and England before the start of WWI.  The give and take on both sides to come to the agreement and how people were out to stop that alliance.