Written by one of the best Regency Romance authors, Georgette Heyer also penned many mysteries mostly set in the era between WWI and WWII. For the flavor of that era, the quaint village settings, the quirky characters and the police procedural, these are perfect readings. In this novel the butler didn't do it, or did he and that was why he was killed? Amateur detective and visiting barrister, Mr. Amberley, suspected the mystery involved the brusque young woman he found at the scene of the crime on a lonely, dark, fog shrouded English lane. Plenty of twists and turns and suspects.
I've enjoyed a number of Heyer's other books, but this one might have been a little too pat. And the obvious romance was so obvious, but then that plot line is shared by so many other books.
It was the "half-loaf" which keyed me into knowing the cause of the murders. I mean, after all, this is about the British upper class right? What else could drive them to murder?
Still much of what the protagonist "knew" by hiring several agencies was a little too much.
Note: In this edition, the last 25 pages are from another of her novels, "The Unfinished Clue."