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A Christmas party por Georgette Heyer
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A Christmas party (original 1941; edición 1941)

por 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.… (más)
Miembro:Helenliz
Título:A Christmas party
Autores:Georgette Heyer
Info:London : Arrow Books, 2015.
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Valoración:****
Etiquetas:2017, Read

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Envious Casca por Georgette Heyer (1941)

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Heyer spent a lot of words in describing her suspects. For my tastes, half as many would have been better. However, she did not make it too, too obvious who dunnit until the end. Lots of misdirection, and the case could have been made for most of the characters. ( )
  kaulsu | Jun 13, 2021 |
This book was a revelation for me. Until I read it for a book group I was unfamiliar with Georgette Heyer or her series of mystery novels. And at first I was unimpressed with the story, as she dumps nearly a dozen characters into her narrative at the start of their book, some of which were initially difficult for me to distinguish from one another and nearly all of whom appeared unpleasant to one degree or another. Yet as the events unfolded, I found myself draw in to what proved a highly enjoyable tale.

Heyer’s story is built around a pair of classic English mystery tropes. The first of these is that of the country house, which proves the setting for a Christmas party hosted by Nathanial Herriard, a curmudgeonly retired businessman, and organized by his brother Joseph, a former actor who is the picture of jolliness. Once together family tensions soon bubble to the surface, and culminate in the discovery of the host’s body in his locked bedroom. Here we see the injection of the second trope: the locked room mystery, one that baffles the investigating police. Even with Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard on the scene, the police seem unable to lock onto a satisfying suspect until a chance mention leads the pieces to fall into place, leading to the identification of the murderer and the solution of the case.

While Heyer conceives of a cunning mystery with a satisfying answer, what sets her novel apart from others of its type is its reliance upon character. This becomes clear early on, as she takes the time to show the tensions within the family before her victim is murdered. This helps to establish the plausibility of several members of the party as murderers, even before their respective motives are raised. Character also becomes key to the murder itself, with a resolution that is both surprising yet also perfectly plausible given the development Heyer has undertaken to that point. It left me eager to read Heyer’s other mysteries, as if they’re anywhere near as good as this one I can look forward to hours of reading enjoyment. ( )
  MacDad | May 24, 2021 |
"'Envious Casca' captured the unchangingly tense nature of an English country house Christmas and offered readers something eternal that was unaffected by the war, which is not even mentioned."

My review of 'Envious Casca' by Georgette Heyer is up on the John C Adams Reviews website now!

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/john-c-adams-reviews-envious-casca... ( )
  johncadamssf | Apr 6, 2021 |
A Classic ( )
  silversurfer | Dec 24, 2020 |
"A Christmas Party" by Georgette Heyer is an entertaining and light Christmassy read. This standard Christmas whodunnit, is set in an isolated country mansion featuring a cast of the worst set of family members imaginable. There is everyone from the crabby land owner, to the loveable-rogue of an uncle, the ungrateful nephew and heir, to the gold-digger fiancé to the hysterical actress. Predictable and silly, but plenty of fun. ( )
  SarahEBear | Dec 7, 2020 |
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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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