Previously titled Envious Casca
‘Tis the season to find whodunit …
It is no ordinary Christmas at Lexham Manor.
Six holiday guests find themselves the suspects in a murder inquiry when the old Scrooge who owns the substantial estate is found stabbed in the back.
Whilst the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered the locked room where the victim was found, to commit this foul deed.
For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is also complicated by the fact that every guest at Lexham Manor is hiding something – casting suspicion far and wide…
The wittiest of detective writers
Heyer’s characterisation and dialogue are an abiding delight to me . . . I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word Go.
A writer of great wit and style . . . I’ve read her books to ragged shreds.
Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended.
We had better start ranking her alongside such incomparable whodunit authors as Christie, Marsh, Tey and Allingham.
'The scarlet-coated lady and the young man sat opposite each other, and occasionally exchanged glances of acute dislike'
Jennifer Kloester researched Georgete Heyer's life and writing for ten years having exclusive access to her notebooks, private papers and untapped archives, resulting in a groundbreaking biography of one of Britain’s best novelists. Here, Kloester celebrates 80 years of Heyer’s first Regency novel, Regency Buck