RARA-AVIS: Re: Georgette Heyer not Meyer

From: Steve Lewis ( stevelewis62@cox.net)
Date: 15 Oct 2004

At 07:47 AM 10/15/2004, you wrote:

>Colleen wrote:
>Hello out there: I've been reading the emails with
>great interest for the past 10 days or so and thought
>I'd introduce myself. My name is Colleen and I live
>in the Pacific Northwest, USA. I've been fascinated by
>mysteries/noir fiction for many years. Started with
>Nancy Drew, when I was a child, and have continued
>ever since. Right now I'm reading a book by an author
>I've just discovered: "Footsteps in the dark," by
>Georgette Meyer, first published in 1932.


Welcome. I believe you mistyped the author's name, however. It's Georgette Heyer, who while considered a decent Golden Age mystery novelist is much more well known as an author of regency romances. In fact she is generally regarded as being the "inventor" of the historical regency romance genre. (Jane Austen's books being contemporary regency romances, if you see what I mean.)

While not having read any of Heyer's mysteries, I've always had the strong impression they would be more closely considered, dare I say the word, cozies, than hard-boiled fiction.

I could be wrong, and thanks for the nudge. It's about time I actually read one, to find out.



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