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'Tis the season-to be dead...

A vacation occasion takes on a sinister element while the colourful collection of site visitors discovers there's a killer of their midst. the landlord of the tremendous property, that previous Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is located stabbed within the again. whereas the fragile topic of inheritance may be the key to this crime, the true conundrum is how any of the suspects may have entered a locked room to dedicate the foul deed.

For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland backyard, the research is complex by means of the truth that each visitor is hiding something-throwing all in their testimony into query and casting suspicion in all places. The shrewdpermanent and bold crime will mystify readers, but the answer's in undeniable sight all along...

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Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, together with Regency Romances, mysteries, and historic fiction. Her barrister husband Ronald Rougier, supplied some of the plots for her detective novels, that are vintage English nation condominium mysteries similar to Agatha Christie. Heyer used to be mythical for her examine, historic accuracy, artistic plots, and gleaming characterizations.

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