Georgette Heyer: Cousin Kate

Kate Malvern, the orphaned daughter of a noble, but rather poor soldier, comes to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousin's mansion. While she is at first happy to evade a life as a governess to someone else's children, she soon finds out that not everything is idyllic in her aunt's home. Kate's cousin acts strange, and darkness and violence seem to be everywhere - until another previously unknown cousin, Philip, comes to the rescue...

This seems to be one of the later works of Georgette Heyer - in fact, it was first published in 1968 (incidentally the year I was born). It has more of a gothic-novel feel to it than most of her other books, and it is entertaining enough - but not as entertaining as Heyer's more humorous books. Therefore, this is a "satisfactory" book (Grade C).