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Mord vor dem Dinner (1941)

von Georgette Heyer

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'Tis the season-to be dead... A holiday party takes on a sinister aspect when the colorful assortment of guests discovers there is a killer in their midst. The owner of the substantial estate, that old Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. While the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered a locked room to commit the foul deed. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is complicated by the fact that every guest is hiding something-throwing all of their testimony into question and casting suspicion far and wide. The clever and daring crime will mystify readers, yet the answer is in plain sight all along... Praise for Georgette Heyer: Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me...I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go'. - Dorothy L. Sayers A writer of great wit and style. - Daily Telegraph Ms. Heyer is one of the most entertaining writers I have ever ready. - Reading Extravaganza Miss Heyer has the delightful talent of blending humor with mystery. - Boston Evening Transcript Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, including Regency Romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterizations.… (mehr)
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That half star is because my expectations, based on previous Heyer mysteries, were completely blown away.

Envious Casca is both a text-book Country House Mystery and Locked Room Mystery, and it's far and away the best Heyer mystery I've read so far. It's a slow burn, certainly; almost half the book goes by before anyone dies, but Heyer placates her audience - at least this one - with the acerbic humour and no-holds-barred verbal warfare that takes place amongst the family members, written brilliantly by Heyer. These people are so vile to each other the only wonder is that the blades didn't come out sooner; at one point, tea was served and I thought to myself "I wouldn't drink that if I were you. Any of you."

It feels like it would be too easy to give away important plot points here, so I'll just say the murderer wasn't who I thought it would be (although I was close), some of the characters were a little too vile to be believed, and I'd have preferred at least one more paragraph, preferably a page, at the end. There's a small romance, because it's Heyer, but I'm not sure it isn't launched and HEA'd all on the same page, so it's really not more than a small also-ran. That it would end the way it did felt inevitable, but there was never any actual romancing.

The more I type, the closer I get to spoilers, so just read it if you like anything you've ever read by Heyer (she's hit and miss in both romance and mystery) and you're in the mood for a slow read with great, biting dialogue. I don't think you'll be disappointed. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 22, 2022 |
I enjoy Georgette Heyer's mysteries so much, and this is a favorite. There's the mystery, of course, but the dry-wit narration and humorous dialogue are what I enjoy most. I read it every other Christmas, alternating with Hercule Poirot Christmas stories. ( )
  ReadMeAnother | Dec 29, 2021 |
Gets off to a slow start, and you will solve the locked-room mystery instantaneously. But skim past the long, boring swathes where two different sets of police inspectors meticulously go over everything you already just read, and you will be rewarded with the delightful interplay of the dysfunctional family. My favorite character is Mrs. Dean. Even though Heyer writes such wonderful romance novels, the romance thread in this mystery is pretty unappetizing. The original title is Envious Casca, which my brother says is a character in Julius Caesar. This would give away the identity of the killer, if only anyone were that familiar with Julius Caesar. ( )
  jollyavis | Dec 14, 2021 |
I think I prefer Heyer's romances over her mysteries. And I liked them better when I was a teen. This one had annoying characters and a predictable ending. Ah well. At least it was the right season! ( )
  Berly | Nov 28, 2021 |
klimat ACH bardzo starannie wyeksponowani bohaterowie, kiepsko snuty wątek i porostu nie ta klasa
  maria.michalska | Sep 18, 2021 |
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'Tis the season-to be dead... A holiday party takes on a sinister aspect when the colorful assortment of guests discovers there is a killer in their midst. The owner of the substantial estate, that old Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. While the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered a locked room to commit the foul deed. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is complicated by the fact that every guest is hiding something-throwing all of their testimony into question and casting suspicion far and wide. The clever and daring crime will mystify readers, yet the answer is in plain sight all along... Praise for Georgette Heyer: Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me...I have seldom met people to whom I have taken so violent a fancy from the word 'Go'. - Dorothy L. Sayers A writer of great wit and style. - Daily Telegraph Ms. Heyer is one of the most entertaining writers I have ever ready. - Reading Extravaganza Miss Heyer has the delightful talent of blending humor with mystery. - Boston Evening Transcript Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, including Regency Romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterizations.

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