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Friday, September 24th, 2010 11:51 pm
Hi, everyone!

I don't know if introductory posts are the thing here, but I thought I'd make one. Hi there, I'm Tracy. I discovered Georgette Heyer's books a couple of years ago, when I mentioned to a friend that I was reading Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series & she told me that I might like Heyer's Regencies if I liked those.

I moved in with my Gran to be a home caretaker for her after she had a stroke over a year and a half ago, & I've relied pretty heavily on my local library (two branches, about 30 & 45 minutes away respectively -- yay for having two that are easy to get to!) to find new reading material. I was so happy to find that they have a lot of Heyer's books! So far I've read all 10 from one library, & I'm working my way through what they have in the other.

The most recent Heyer I've read is Devil's Cub a few weeks ago -- so far, that's been my favorite of the ones I've read. I've read online that it's a sequel to These Old Shades so I really want to find that one & read it. I love the characters!

Could anyone give me their recommendations of what they think are the best Heyers? One of the libraries I go to has 14 of her books that the other one doesn't, so I have lots to choose from & I'm wondering which ones other fans of her work like the best. :)

I'm also a big fan of Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy/Philippa Carr (all the same person) and Phyllis Whitney, even though their books aren't Regencies. Does anyone here read them, too?
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Welcome! My favourites are Devil's Cub and Bath Tangle. If you like the Alastair family, they also appear in An Infamous Army, though what she did with Dominic and Mary there really annoyed me.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
My favourites are... The Grand Sophy, The Foundling, Sylvester and Frederica. I've also quite enjoyed her murder mysteries, though they're set contemporary to GH herself (I think).

Have you ever tried Fiona Hill's Regency stories? I don't love them as I love Heyer's, but they are good.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Behold, Here's Poison is good, too.

And yes, those two historicals are great.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
My favorite is probably The Unknown Ajax. I'd absolutely list it as an essential read if you haven't tried it yet.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I think Devil's Cub was one of the first Georgette Heyer's that I ever read and I loved These Old Shades when I finally found a copy.

As for Heyer books to try next - this is another vote for Frederica and The Grand Sophy. I go back to those two time and time again when I need cheering up.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I *LOVE* These Old Shades - it's my favorite. I also really, really like The Masqueraders, Frederica, and The Grand Sophy. The murder mysteries are fun, too, if you love mysteries (as I do).

By the way, you may be able to get ahold of the books your local libraries don't have through an inter-library loan. Ask your librarian! ^_^

You can also likely find a lot of copies at Paperback Swap now that they're being re-printed. It's not completely free, but it's about the cheapest option out there.
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
I love The Masqueraders, The Grand Sophy, Bath Tangle, The Toll Gate, Sprig Muslin, Royal Escape, and Friday's Child. I have to confess that to date I've never met a Heyer book that I didn't like, though Lady of Quality is a little thin.
Sunday, September 26th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Royal Escape is Charles II escaping from the Roundheads. I listened to an excellent audio book of it read by Cornelius Garrett, an actor with a lovely, lovely voice.

Kitties do seem to love sinks! Adorable and annoying all at once. :)