Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusations and suspicion turn in one direction and then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.
"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining." (The Sunday Times)
"Sharp, clear and witty." (The New Yorker)
"Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended." (The New York Times)
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