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Georgette Heyer (1902-1974) was an English bestselling author of detective fiction and romance novels. She was born in Wimbledon, London in 1902. Her father was George Heyer and her mother, Sylvia Watkins. Heyer was the oldest of three children. Her brothers France and George Boris were nine and four years younger than her. Her family lived in Paris, France for a short while and returned to England after the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914.

Order of Inspector Hannasyde Series

1Death in the Stocks 1935Description / Buy
2Behold, Here's Poison 1936Description / Buy
3They Found Him Dead 1937Description / Buy
4A Blunt Instrument 1938Description / Buy
5A Christmas Party / Envious Casca 1941Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Hemingway Series

1No Wind of Blame 1939Description / Buy
2Envious Casca 1941Description / Buy
3Duplicate Death 1951Description / Buy
4Detection Unlimited 1953Description / Buy

Order of Alastair-Audley Series

1These Old Shades 1926Description / Buy
2Devil's Cub 1932Description / Buy
3Regency Buck 1935Description / Buy
4An Infamous Army 1937Description / Buy

Order of Georgette Heyer Standalone Novels

1The Black Moth 1921Description / Buy
2Powder And Patch 1923Description / Buy
3The Transformation of Philip Jettan 1923Description / Buy
4The Great Roxhythe 1923Description / Buy
5Simon the Coldheart 1925Description / Buy
6The Masqueraders 1928Description / Buy
7Helen 1928Description / Buy
8Beauvallet 1929Description / Buy
9Barren Corn 1930Description / Buy
10The Conqueror 1931Description / Buy
11Footsteps in the Dark 1932Description / Buy
12Why Shoot a Butler? 1933Description / Buy
13The Convenient Marriage 1934Description / Buy
14The Unfinished Clue 1934Description / Buy
15The Talisman Ring 1936Description / Buy
16Royal Escape 1938Description / Buy
17The Corinthian 1940Description / Buy
18The Spanish Bride 1940Description / Buy
19Faro's Daughter 1941Description / Buy
20Penhallow 1942Description / Buy
21Friday's Child 1944Description / Buy
22The Reluctant Widow 1946Description / Buy
23The Foundling 1948Description / Buy
24Arabella 1949Description / Buy
25The Grand Sophy 1950Description / Buy
26The Quiet Gentleman 1951Description / Buy
27Cotillion 1953Description / Buy
28The Toll-Gate 1954Description / Buy
29Bath Tangle 1955Description / Buy
30Sprig Muslin 1956Description / Buy
31Sylvester 1957Description / Buy
32April Lady 1957Description / Buy
33Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle 1957Description / Buy
34Venetia 1958Description / Buy
35The Unknown Ajax 1959Description / Buy
36Pistols for Two 1960Description / Buy
37A Civil Contract 1961Description / Buy
38The Nonesuch 1962Description / Buy
39False Colours 1963Description / Buy
40Frederica 1965Description / Buy
41Black Sheep 1966Description / Buy
42Cousin Kate 1968Description / Buy
43Charity Girl 1970Description / Buy
44Instead of the Thorn 1971Description / Buy
45Lady Of Quality 1972Description / Buy
46My Lord John 1975Description / Buy
47Pastel 1976Description / Buy

Order of Georgette Heyer Short Stories/Novellas

1A Proposal to Cicely - A Short Story (Short Story) 1922Description / Buy
2Linckes' Great Case - A Short Story (Short Story) 1923Description / Buy
3The Little Lady – A Short Story (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
4The Bulldog and the Beast – A Short Story (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
5The Chinese Shawl – A Short Story (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy

Order of Georgette Heyer Short Story Collections

1Snowdrift and Other Stories 1960Description / Buy
2Pistols for Two and Other Stories 1970Description / Buy
3Acting on Impulse – Contemporary Short Stories of Georgette Heyer 2019Description / Buy
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She began her writing career in 1921 when she converted a real story for her younger brother into a book by the title The Black Moth. Later in 1925, she got married to a mining engineer George Ronald Rougier. The couple spent many years living in Macedonia and Tanganyika Territory before returning to England in 1929. These Old Shades a best seller despite the time of its release, in the midst of the General Strike, Heyer thus concluded that publicity does not influence good sales. For the rest of her life, she refused to grant any interviews saying that her private life was only for herself and her family.

The author established the historical romance genre as well as its subgenre Regency romance. Jane Austen inspired her regency’s works. To ensure accuracy in her novels, Georgette Heyer collected reference sources and kept detailed notes on all the aspects of Regency life. Even though some critics considered her books too detailed, others viewed the level of detail to be author’s greatest asset. Her diligent nature was evident in her historical books.

From 1932, the author often wrote one thriller and one romance each year. Her husband would often provide basic plot outlines for her thrillers thus leaving Heyer to create dialogue and character relationship. Even though many critics narrate Heyer’s detective books as unoriginal, many others such as Nancy Wingate highly praised them for their comedy & wit as well as for their crafted plots.


Georgette Heyer novels have won and also been nominated for various awards. Here are some notable awards won. The Devil’s Cub won the Romance Readers Anonymous Award for the best all time Regency category. The same title won 2000, 2004 and 2007 All About Romance Reader Award for top 100 romances category.

The Grand Sophy won 2000 and 2004 All About Romance Reader Award for Top 100 romances. These Old Shades and Venetia also won 2000 All About Romance Reader Award for top 100 romance category.


The Reluctant Widow was made into a film available on the youtube with some Greek subtitles. Even though the movie ends somehow prematurely, it is worth watching.


These are two best books by Georgette, The Reluctant Widow (1946) and The Grand Sophy (1950).

The Reluctant Widow: Georgette Heyer is known for her charming and witty Regency romances; however, she is also the author of a couple of mystery novels. In some instances, the mystery would find its way into her well-woven romances sending heroes and heroines in adventures that are chilling.

In this novel, Elinor Rochdale adventure starts when she accidentally mistakes the horse carriage at the carriage stop for the one sent by her potential employer, Mrs. Macclesfield. She realizes that the carriage took her to the estate of Ned Carlyon, whom Elinor mistakes for her employer Mr. Macclessfield. On the other hand, Carlyon thinks that Elinor is the young woman that he hired to marrying his dying dear cousin, Eustace Cheviot so as to avoid inheriting Eustace estate himself. Somehow, Elinor finds herself talked into marrying the dying young man and thus becomes as soon as the ring lands on her finger.

What all started out as a simple arrangement turns out more complicated as uninvited guests, house breakers, missing government papers and a shocking murder all contribute this hilarious tale of foreign espionage, mistaken identity, and unexpected spark of love set during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Grand Sophy: When Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to go to South America on Diplomatic Affairs, he sets out with his daughter Sophy. Upon arrival, Sophy is puzzled to see all her cousins are in a sad mood. The tyrannical and heartless Charles is engaged to an exact version of himself; Cecilia is in love with a handsome feather-brained poet. While Hubert has fallen in love with a money lender and it seems that the Grand Sophy has arrived in time to sort them out, but she has not agreed with Charles whose only one thought is to marry her off and free the entire family of her interfering ways.

When Does The Next Georgette Heyer book come out?

Georgette Heyer doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Acting on Impulse – Contemporary Short Stories of Georgette Heyer and was released on August, 16th 2019. It is the newest book in the Georgette Heyer Short Story Collections.

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