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Christmas Party: A Seasonal Murder Mystery/Envious Casca
Christmas Party: A Seasonal Murder Mystery/Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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"A Christmas Party "is a classic mystery. Perfect for fans of "Mystery in White "by J Jefferson Farjeon. Also published as "Envious Casca." It is no ordinary Christmas at Lexham Manor. And the mood is anything but festive. Six holiday guests find themselves the suspects in a murder inquiry when the old Scrooge who owns the substantial estate, Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. Whilst the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered the locked room to commit this atrocity. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is complicated by the fact that every guest is hiding something throwing all of their testimonies into question and casting suspicion far and wide "
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nerdcornerbooks
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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Mehso-so

I'm so used to Georgette Heyer writing Regency romance that I was not expecting a detective story between these pages (library copy, no cover clues.) It wasn't the best - I had the crime solved halfway through, and the POV switched maddeningly with no character getting much substantial development. But I did actually want to follow some of the characters after the book ended. (Having read other reviews, should I have read this as satire?)

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Booksnchill
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Pickpick

Since the twelve days of Christmas will soon be over I wanted to get this book finished under the wire. I think this is my first Georgette Heyer but I will read more. A classic manor house, snow, locked room mystery- to a point. This is also full of farce and such smart renderings of the “types” you normally find in these book- quite funny in many parts and, most important to me, I didn‘t see the solution until the end! Really enjoyed this!

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Booksnchill
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1.It was a source of great satisfaction to Joseph Herriard that the holly trees were in full berry.
2. 396
3. Perversity
4. Matilda Clare
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6.mystery
7.person, awfully
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9. GH
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12.Dorothy L. Sayers

Kaye Thanks for playing ! You guys found one of my old posts ! 😀 (edited) 10mo
Booksnchill @kaye ha- I didn‘t know where it started but it was fun! 10mo
Kaye Glad you had a good time. I liked doing this one 😁 10mo
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Christinak
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In the end, only Mathilda responded to his appeal for assistance. She asserted her undying love for tinsel decorations, and professed her eagerness to hang innumerable coloured balls and icicles on to the tree. ‘Though I think, Joe,‘ she said, when the company had dispersed, ‘that no one else feels any sympathy with your desire for a #Merry Christmas.‘ #QuotsyDec18

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Centique
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Pickpick

This one falls squarely in the #blameitonbatsy pile. 😂 I saw this in your feed @batsy and needed to read it. My first Georgette Heyer! It suited my mood perfectly because I had been feeling tetchy about Christmas plans and here was an unlikeable high society family snapping and grumping at each other until somebody ends up murdered. Made me feel quite chipper it did. 😉 3.5 stars but I‘d give it an extra one for cheering me up 👌

RachelO I didn‘t know she‘d written murder mysteries! 10mo
Centique @RachelO apparently she wrote quite a number but not as popular as her romances. 😊 10mo
batsy Hahaha! I'm so glad you gave it a try and enjoyed it. Now I just need someone to make me read it! 😆 10mo
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mabell I'm re-reading it now! I LOVE this book! So smart and snarky, everyone so selfish, and the whodunnit tricky - it's great! Hemingway makes it for me too. He is in a number of her mysteries. 10mo
Tamra Funny, I looked for this on Libby and there was a wait for it, but I clicked on Envious Casca just to investigate Heyer and it‘s the same novel, published with different name and cover. No wait for this one! 😁 10mo
Centique @mabell it WAS a tricky whodunnit and I really liked Hemingway! 😊 10mo
Centique @Tamra well done! 10mo
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batsy
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Nothing says #December like a Christmas murder mystery with a #WinterWonderland setting 🌨️☃️🗡️🔫💀 Here's hoping I read one of these this month 😆

@TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB According to the books there‘s a lot of murder at Christmas!! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I just love those British Library Crime Classics editions 💜 10mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! It‘s funny to see a sword pointed at such a happy snowman 😃 10mo
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Tamra I enjoyed Mystery in White. ☃️ 10mo
Moray_Reads I'm stocking up Christmas books too. Love seasonal reading 🎄🎅📚 10mo
batsy @TrishB Indeed 😆 10mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Right? Just looking at them makes me happy ❤️ 10mo
batsy @Cinfhen Ha, oops! Note to self: Don't 🥃 and do emojis 😂 10mo
batsy @Tamra Glad to hear that! I've had it longer than the other two so maybe I should really read it this year! 10mo
batsy @Moray_Reads It's fun and I always look forward to Christmassy cosy reads, even though I don't celebrate Christmas and there's no snow here 😁 10mo
Moray_Reads There's rarely snow here but I do love Christmas and I love Christmas cosies 10mo
Cathythoughts So true ... a cosy murder mystery ( 🤔) 😂 10mo
batsy @Cathythoughts The best (😳) kind of murder mysteries... Oh dear 😂 10mo
Cathythoughts I love it 😂😂😂 10mo
Sarah83 I loved the two on the left and on the right. Really great ones. 🤩😍 10mo
Centique Ohhhh I want to read a Christmas mystery now. 😍I just raced through a mystery yesterday and it didn‘t scratch the itch I had - I think it‘s that winter cosy kind of itch too! 10mo
LeahBergen I‘ll watch to see if you start The Santa Klaus Murder (it will shame me into reading it, too 😆). 10mo
Caroline2 Oh these look fab!!! 😯 10mo
BiblioLitten Georgette Heyer is an ideal cosy winter read.😊 10mo
Faibka Now this is what I‘m talking about 👏 this is my kind of Christmas reads, hmm... is that disturbingly weird? 🤔 Lol, great choices! 10mo
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mabell
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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Pickpick

Love this book. ❤️ I reread it before Christmas, and I wasn't ready to stop reading it, so I read it again. The holidays are for indulging, right? A truly dysfunctional Christmas gathering, filled with selfish unlikeable characters, then a locked room murder.

LeahBergen I enjoyed it, too! 👍🏻 2y
batsy Ooh, that sounds good! 2y
mabell @LeahBergen GH was so talented! ❤️ @batsy It's so good! Difficult to explain the appeal ... uh you won't really root for any of the characters, but you'll like it, I promise! 😅 (edited) 2y
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CAnne
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Thanks for tagging me @Bookzombie
1. Holiday spirits
2. Scarf
3. TBR
4. Popcorn
5. @TheKidUpstairs @Andrea4 @TheNextBook

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Gillyreads
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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I got quite a few books this month, but most of them are from Hachette because I finished up my internship and they kindly gave me a bag of books 😍📚😍

MariettaSG Lucky you! 3y
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raelaschoenherr
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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Pickpick

Even knowing how funny she is, every time I read one of Heyer's books, I'm reminded again how freakin' hilarious her humor is. So dry and witty and British. And her character sketches can be as biting as Austen's. This one is a Christmas house party with a guest list of people who mostly can't stand each other in entertaining and highly humorous ways. There's a murder, of course, and an inspector who isn't fooled by the list of likely suspects.

raelaschoenherr Thanks for the rec, @Jessicah :) 3y
MarriedtoMrT I really need to read a Heyer. I don't know why I haven't yet. #2017goals 3y
raelaschoenherr @MarriedtoMrT You totally do!!! I've loved her Regencies since I was in my teens. I've only read a few of her mysteries. I wouldn't recommend her straight histories to start with. Let me know if you want a rec :) 3y
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MarriedtoMrT @raelaschoenherr Yes please on the recommendations! I'm most interested in her Regencies. Which ones are your favorites? 3y
howjessreads ❤❤❤ So glad you liked it!! 3y
raelaschoenherr @MarriedtoMrT I think Frederica and The Grand Sophy are both pretty widely-loved and newbie friendly :) Lady of Quality and Black Sheep would be representative entrees too. I also love Sylvester and Cotillion! I will warn you that most of her books take a minute to get into at first, so stick with it! 3y
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raelaschoenherr
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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I already like Mathilda. Clever and subtly sassy, she reminds me of so many of Heyer's wry Regency heroines. This was recommended as a fun #Christmasread, since I love Heyer. British Christmas house party mystery.

raelaschoenherr @Jessicah Excited to get further into this one! 3y
annahenke Oh, this so up my alley! Must download tomorrow! 3y
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afbaugh
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My Christmas presents! 🎁

raelaschoenherr Yay Heyer! 3y
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raelaschoenherr
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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Two #Christmassyreads I was hoping to get to this year! I've never read either, has anyone else? #seasonsreadings2016

rubyslippersreads I've read and enjoyed both. 😀🎄 3y
raelaschoenherr @rubyslippersreads Oh yay!! Glad to hear it :) I know the L'Engle is short. 3y
rubyslippersreads @raelaschoenherr It's short, and a little sappy, but I like a bit of that at Christmastime. 😉 3y
raelaschoenherr @rubyslippersreads Haha! Yes, definitely welcome at Christmas:) 3y
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rubyslippersreads
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My sentiments exactly! 😀🎄

mabell I've been considering whether to reread this now - seasonally appropriate - of course. I think I last read it this summer ... too soon? Possibly. But so perfect! Uncle Joe = Clark Griswold 3y
rubyslippersreads @mabell 😂😂😂 3y
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LittleBowBook
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Ready for my work #christmasparty with my "book" bag!

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Book_Gnome
Envious Casca | Georgette Heyer
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Opening line:
"It was a source of great satisfaction to Joseph Herriard that the holly trees were in full berry." #Dumbledwarf #bookgnome #openingline #georgetteheyer #enviouscasca

MrBook Dumbledwarf!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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