An excellent mystery by Georgette Heyer, fully as good as any of her romance novels.
This mystery is an enjoyable read. The characters are interesting. The mystery is not overly difficult to solve, but tricky enough to keep you guessing. Like most of Heyer's books, it is a fun read overall.
Pub. 1st in 1970, this book is a police proceedural featuring Insp. Harding, in a sort of country house/estate mystery. Heyer, known for her romances is equally adept at mystery writing.
Why couldn't Georgette Heyer have written more mysteries, instead of wasting her time writing all those romances? I will be so sorry when I finish her mysteries, and there are only three left.
In this book, about 60% of the way through I figured out who the killer was, simply because every one was ignoring that person. It seemed Inspector Harding took forever to figure out what I already knew. Except we didn't, as we were both wrong. But he finally got it right, and I was stunned when he made the arrest.
One of Heyer's earlier mystery forays. Set in the very early 1930's in the classic English country house setting, with the various characters assembled for a weekend house party (what a life they must have had then!) centering around the irascible "lord of the manor," who conveniently for many is soon found dead - a variation on the locked room situation. Heyer had great characters in this one, that requisite touch of romance, witty dialog, and I must admit, I was completely taken in by the ending - and I was sure, positive, etc. that I KNEW "whodunnit!"