It was a real Christmas jollification: a large, rambling house, eight ill-assorted guests - and a host who hated both the festivities and his visitors. These were bizarre ingredients of a Yuletide dish that was sure to lead to indigestion!.
'Tis the Season-for murder... A colorful assortment of guests at a festive holiday house party discover there is a killer in their midst when their universally reviled host is found dead-in a room locked from the inside. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is complicated by the fact that every guest is hiding something-throwing all their testimony into question and casting suspicion far and wide. The clever and daring crime will mystify readers, yet the answer is in plain sight all along... PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS ENVIOUS CASCA Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband, Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historicalaccuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterization. "Georgette Heyer has given me such great pleasure over the years in my reading, and rereading, of her stories. —#1 New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts "Sit back, slip away to a happier time and enjoy." —New York Timesbestselling author Kasey Michaels "One never forgets one's first Heyer." —New York Timesbestselling author Mary Jo Putney "The wittiest of detective writers." -Daily Mail "Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me." -Dorothy L. Sayers
Shakespeare’s Big Men examines five Shakespearean tragedies – Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and Coriolanus – through the lens of generative anthropology and the insights of its founder, Eric Gans. Generative anthropology’s theory of the origins of human society explains the social function of tragedy: to defer our resentment against the “big men” who dominate society by letting us first identify with the tragic protagonist and his resentment, then allowing us to repudiate the protagonist’s resentful rage and achieve theatrical catharsis. Drawing on this hypothesis, Richard van Oort offers inspired readings of Shakespeare’s plays and their representations of desire, resentment, guilt, and evil. His analysis revives the universal spirit in Shakespearean criticism, illustrating how the plays can serve as a way to understand the ethical dilemma of resentment and discover within ourselves the nature of the human experience.
Marsh highlights too the distortions and discontinuities: the breach with Gladstone over Irish Home Rule, which drove Chamberlain from the left of the Liberal party into enduring alliance with the Conservative right; the scourge of the House of Lords who became its champion; the free trader who died a protectionist. And he explains the internationalism, the involvement in South Africa, Canada and the United States, and the sustained campaign to develop the British Empire's 'undeveloped estates'.