Georgette Heyer. Her world is full of men polishing their eye glasses and inhaling pinches of snuff or removing tiny bits of fluff off their sleeves before they POW! take out their enemies with all the force of John McClane incinerating a helicopter with an SUV. Ah! the crooked, narrow streets where men were monocled. Arabella is an okay heroine. She is well meaning and socially conscious but essentially powerless. She is also of the dainty, big eyed type who hitches up with bored, cynical, well cravated men who are ten years older than them. When such men fall in lurve they call their ladies “adorable fools” a lot. It is to signify till-death-do-you-part affection and immense alpha male sexiness on the part of the gent. Read Cotillion or The Civil Contract or The Grand Sophy or The Masqueraders or Frederica or Devil’s Cub or These Old Shades, or the Corinthian or The Quiet Gentleman for more amusing heroines. The heroes usually have disagreeably pushy ways and oddly competitive natures but if they didn’t the world would collapse so it’s just as well.
“The Lovely Bones” talks. The book’s gently vivid voice escorts you through the child narrator’s life: her rape and murder, her existence in limbo and flashbacks to her life on Earth. Ever pleasant till the last she concludes with, “I wish you all a long and happy life.”