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A Christmas Party The second last in my 2011 project of reading all of Georgette Heyer s mysteries, this was a fun read It s an old fashioned mystery of the locked room kind, complete with an old house, cantankerous victim, eccentric suspects and plenty of red herrings Heyer is not, in my view, the most talented of British Golden Age mystery writers To my mind, that accolade goes to Dorothy L Sayers, although a number of other writers of the period also deserve high praise That said, a Heyer mystery has its The second last in my 2011 project of reading all of Georgette Heyer s mysteries, this was a fun read It s an old fashioned mystery of the locked room kind, complete with an old house, cantankerous victim, eccentric suspects and plenty of red herrings Heye Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer was written in 1941 Joseph wants to be have a holiday party and has invited his niece and nephew, and their current significant others, as well as his brother Nathan s business partner Apparently old uncle Nat was not the holiday cheer type and was up and down with a painful malady, making him grumpier than usual Having all these people under one roof proved not to be such a grand idea when Uncle Nat was murdered in his bed.This is a classic locked door my Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer was written in 1941 Joseph wants to be have a holiday party an 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 Heyer is usually funnier than this.The clever young man is a stock character of Heyer s almost every mystery of hers has one, whether clownish, sarcastic, socially inappropriate, or merely ill behaved Usually he is in love with the pleasant but not alluring young woman character who is clearly innocent of the crime view spoiler This is no exception the only surprise is anyone actually liking the jerk back hide spoiler In this case, Stephen is downright rude and pretty much an asshole Heyer is usually funnier than this.The clever you What a delight This country house, locked room mystery is a clever and savagely funny puzzle that is set during the Christmas season How can you not enjoy a mystery that has a library book as one of the major clues Having read, and enjoyed, No Wind of Blame, the first Inspector Hemingway mystery, I was keen to read the second A Christmas Party, is also known by the title, Envious Casca, and has a similar, light and humorous touch to it, as the first mystery did At Lexham Manor, Nathaniel Herriard lives with his brother, Joseph, and Joseph s wife, Maud Joseph has planned a family reunion for Christmas, although there is not really much goodwill to all men, or family members, emanating from Nathanie Having read, and enjoyed, No Wind of Blame, the first Inspector Hemingway mystery, I was keen to read the second A Christmas Party, is also known by the title, Envious Casca, and has a similar, light and humorous touch to i Rating Clarification 3.5 StarsMy final Heyer mystery, and while not a personal favorite like Why Shoot a Butler , it was certainly up to par with almost all other Heyer whodunnits This is a true locked room murder in every sense of the word, and while I figured out the who of the crime pretty early on, I never did figure out the how until the final reveal.As usual with Heyer s stories, her cast of characters fulfill every ic I can think of eccentric, acerbic, and sarcastic, and if her Rating Clarification 3.5 StarsMy final Heyer mystery, and while not a personal favorite like Why Shoot a Butler , it was certainly up to par with almost all other Heyer whodunnits This is a true locked room murder in every sense of the word, and while I figured out the who of the crime pretty early on, I never did figure out the how until the final reveal.As usual with Heyer s stories, her cast of characters fulfill every ic I can think of eccentric, acerbic, and sarcastic, and if her characters do come across in every book as interchangable stereotypes which they do , at least they are well done stereotypes the kind you would enjoy spending a few hours of reading time with.All in all, I m pleased with my Heyer whodunnit reading adventure and Murder at Christmas hasn t it crossed everyone s mind There may be evenmotives in this family gathering than in your own, though At the estate of crabby old Uncle Nathaniel, a disparate assortment of relatives and their evenbizarre significant others assemble to spend an awkward Christmas, made evenawkward by the unflagging cheerfulness of Uncle Matthew, who wants to put up tacky decorations and play parlor games Naturally someone is murderedbut murdered without a weapo Murder at Christmas hasn t it crossed everyone s mind There may be evenmotives in this family gathering than in your own, though At the estate of crabby old Uncle Nathaniel, a disparate assortment of relatives and their evenbizarre significant others assemble to spend an awkward Christmas, made evenawkward by the unflagging cheerfulness of Uncle Matthew, who wants to put up tacky decorations and play parlor games Naturally someone is murderedbut murd Damn it, he was in here with the door locked Stephen said He can t have been stabbedI think Heyer wrote a story about people she hated in real life, relished and had a hell of a time making them an exaggerated version vapid, insipid, and whiney but oh so highly quotable This is second in the Inspector Hemingway series and god love the man for the testimonies and evidence he has to shift through to discover the I read all of GH s mystery suspense books other than Footsteps in the Dark many years ago At the time my favourite was Death in the Stocks, but I have just read these two back to back my new favourite is Envious Casca.Before I start my review I ll just get two things out of the way Many reviewers in many reviews of GH s books here have mentioned her fondness for recycling characters it has never beenobvious than in comparing these two novels Stephen is an evenunpleas I read all of GH s mystery suspense books other than Footsteps in the Dark many years ago At the time my favourite was Death in the Stocks, but I have just read these two back to back my new favourite is Envious Casca.Before I start my review I ll just get two things out of the way Many reviewers in many reviews of GH s books here have mentioned her fondness for recycling characters it has never beenobvious than in comparing these two novels Stephen is an evenunpleasant Ken

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