17 July 2014


by Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer wrote British historical romance but she also wrote detective fiction in the golden era of whodunnits.  Envious Casca is one of them.  First published in 1941, its setting is Lexham Manor, an English country estate where family and friends have gathered for traditional Christmas festivities.  It isn’t long, however, before the guests find themselves suspects in a murder investigation.

This book is a traditional detective story with a few witty elements and an interesting plot.  It reminded me of Agatha Christies stories about Hercule Poirot that were set in the same era.  The characters were well developed, believable and came with their individual idiosyncrasies to the point that I felt I was sitting in the drawing room with them.

An enjoyable read that kept me guessing 'whodunnit' until the very end.  I shall read more of Georgette Heyer's books.


  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I love that book cover! Reminds me of the 40's and 50's. :)

    1. I agree, Anna. The cover is great. And the story matches it well.