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Author: Georgette Heyer
Penhallow is Georgette Heyer at her astounding best - a classic mystery. To reveal one shred of information about the characters or the plot would be a crime as black as any Georgette Heyer could devise in her irresistible thrillers. So deft, so scrupulous, so assured is the author that the final verdict can belong only to the reader. Even Inspe...  more »
ISBN: 202919
Publication Date: 7/1972
Pages: 298
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Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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An irascible, ailing patriarch keeps his bickering family financially dependent on him. Tempers are constantly flaring, threats are issued, punches thrown. When the old man dies, his doctor quickly decides that he was helped out of this world. Are things even worse off with the old tyrant gone? There are too many suspects for the police inspector's taste- where to begin?

A fairly standard mystery of the too-many-suspects type. I'm not crazy about these, as it means I have to read umpteen pages verifying the central character's thoroughly repellent character. Also, we're told who the murderer is. It's more a suspense story about "Will s/he get away with it?" The story isn't bad, but could easily have been edited down without losing anything.