This book might be one of a series but the stories do not have any continuity exactly and therefore merit individual reviews.
Georgette Heyer has usually a set of whimsical characters at the core of a story and you sometimes have to take time to absorb the absurdity of what they consider as their normal. This book is no exception. I got tired again of the regency romance section and decided to make my way into the mystery section in her retinue. The mystery is but the background though. Unlike most cases you do not spend time trying to identify the culprit but try to imagine who would say something strange next. Ridiculous cross purpose conversations have to be something you are used to unless you want to read the book after this review and wonder what is wrong with my (obviously) twisted mind.
It is a light story considering that it deals with the death of one Mr Carter and the confusion that follows next. Considering that he was well disliked and was a con man of sorts, almost everyone had something against him. Scotland yard is brought in when all roads lead nowhere for the local constabulary( I really like the usage of the word constabulary in these period stories).
The case gets wrapped up and everyone apart from the culprit live happily ever after ( really!)
PS I gave this book 4 stars and look forward to the next in the series