Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusations and suspicion turn in one direction and then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.
"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining." (The Sunday Times)
"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended." (The New York Times)
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I disliked this book.
No one in my family, we like better endings.
I have enjoyed everything that I have read of hers until this book. It had a lousy ending. Such a waste of a young life. I love her mysteries and her romances. Her characters are done so well. But this book was so heart wrenching. The oldest son didn't deserve all the blame and suffering he got. There was no justice in this book.
The reader did a great job.
Anger, sadness and disappointment.
I ten key at work all day. I listen to books to keep my mind busy. Typing numbers can be very boring. However I don't like to cry at work because the book was so sad. It's embarrassing.
The characters were well-written, but the book didn't express any hope of any kind even through trials.