Detection Unlimited Author:Georgette Heyer The Late and Unlamented — It was a hot June evening, and young Haswell had just motored the lovely Abby Dearham back from Thornden's social event of the week. All of the village uppercrust had come to the Haswells' tennis party - the Squire, the Vicar, the sharp-tongued heir to five centuries of local real estate. But Sampson Warrenby had decli... more »ned, and no one was sorry.
Why this charmless social-climber was invited was beyond Abby. Had he some sinister hold on the social leaders of Thornden?
All joking was cut short when a wild-eyed girl came running down the lane. For it was Warrenby's niece, announcing he was dead.
The killing looked so simple. It wasn't the first time Warrenby had annoyed his neighbors, but this time one of them was upset enough to shoot him.
The main question seemed why. Because he kicked Flora Midgeholme's dogs? Stole some of old Drybeck's law practice? Bullied his niece?
Inspector Hemingway thought not. But only when the late lawyer's papers showed some shocking sidelights on the local worthies, did he suspect the true motive.
Then some odd details added up, and he knew the simple killing to be a masterfully planned deception - a crime so clever it had the whole village on the wrong track, and nearly led the celebrated inspector astray.« less