Georgette Heyer, born in London in 1902, had her first novel published when she was 19 years old and continued to write novels of many genres. The great majority of her books are historical romances set in Regency England; they are admired to this day for the meticulous research and profusion of essential ingredients. Indeed, Heyer set the tone for this entire genre. She was also one of the first of the female mystery authors. When she died in 1974 she had 51 titles in print, legal translations of her work in ten languages and pirate editions in several others.