The 60th birthday party of Silas Kane was marred by argument and dissension among his family. And then, the morning after the celebrations, Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure.
But then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune, throwing a new and sinister light on Kane's death. All clues point to an elderly lady of eighty as the killer. But as the redoubtable Superintendent Hannasyde delves further into the case he discovers that nothing is quite as it seems.
"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"The author introduces us to enough lively and interesting people to make the book attractive even without its ingenious detective plot." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." (Publishers Weekly)
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Heyer's classic mysteries are ripe & delicious
Yes. For any fan of the classic Golden Age mystery, this is great. I am actually rereading them. Witty, clever plot and likable and despicable characters.
I suppose all of hers are similar in that they follow traditional mystery lines and I like this.
A wonderful reader. Just perfect. Brings the story to life.
It made me laugh as I enjoy truly witty dialogue and plot twists. This book has both.
A most delightful read. If only the good Ms. Heyer had written more mysteries and less romances. Those are okay, but the mystery books are far superior.
- Toby "Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too."
Superlative narration and fun mystery