It's more a comedy of errors than a puzzle-type mystery, and the story had a humorous, lighthearted tone.~~~Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.
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I love to find and read these reprints of practically lost novels because it shows the bones and skeletons which writers who came after someone such as Mavis Doriel Hay built upon to get to where we are today in crime novels.
In this republished mystery from 1934, some fairly standard components of classic crime mysterya disputed will, a stolen brooch, and a broken heartare transported to twin settings unusal for the time: a London boardinghouse and a Northern Line Underground station. The boardinghouse device, which throws together people of varying ages and fortunes who are either stable, broken, or on the make, is a marvelous way of bringing the country-house mystery into the city and the Depression. One of the Frampton Hotel's boarders, a Miss Euphemia Pongleton, an annoying, nastily frugal elderly woman disliked by all, is found strangled to death with a dog leash at the top of the stairs leading down to Belsize Park Underground station. The other boarders react with keen interest, but not grief, to the news of the murder and set about solving it, sussing out which of their fellow boarders may have murdered Miss Pongleton. In terms of plot, the novel is almost pure puzzle, making it a prime example of a Golden Age mystery, but Hay injects humor and keen characterization into the mix as well. As Dorothy L. Sayers wrote in the Sunday Times: “This detective novel is much more than interesting.” With an insightful introduction by British mystery writer Stephen Booth, this is another winning entry in the British Library Crime Classics series. Connie Fletcher
Another marvelous novel from the British Library Crime Classics, this time a story set on the Northern Line. It is my opinion that dog Tuppy is the star of the story and I would very much like one just like him!~~The reprints of the Library portfolio are very welcome and I aspire to collect them all.~~~very highly recommended.
The English have a way with mysteries that makes them very popular in the States. The author of this intriguing mystery wrote during the Golden Age of British crime fiction. Her three detective novels were well received at that time and are still worth a read.
I guessed the identity of the murderer almost immediately, but enjoyed the gentle humour here nonetheless.
This is a book rich with the humane compassion and love of people that makes for character-driven humor and mystery. If you love the classic British mystery, this is one Deep Cut you should definitely enjoy. It inspires confidence in me that the entire series will be enjoyable.
This detective novel is much more than interesting. The numerous characters are well differentiated, and include one of the most feckless, exasperating and lifelike literary men that ever confused a trail.