E.C.R. Lorac published in the British Library Crime Classics series by Poisoned Pen Press.
I must admit I was unfamiliar with this gem of an author going into this book. I had taken a chance on poisoned pen titles before and I hadn't got a 'stinker' yet in the crime classics series, so I requested it and I'm so glad I did.
For fans of classic British golden age mysteries this one has it all. The characters are charming and well written with a touch of wry humour. I absolutely love interwar mysteries. There's a sort of lack of cynicism and guile which is missing from later periods. This isn't gritty. It isn't even particularly realistic... there's a LOT of is he/isn't he... with red herrings and potentially fake beards galore. I found myself giving up trying to figure out 'whodunnit' and just really enjoying the read.
I enjoyed the diverting plot, somewhat silly characters and mixed up clues. The pacing was a trifle slow compared to 'modern' procedurals and gritty crime novels, but perfectly within acceptable parameters considering the time period. It's a book to be enjoyed and, yes, savored a bit.
The place setting (London and environs) was a tangible part of the book and very well written.
Just a wonderful undiscovered (for me) gem. Enjoyed it very very much!
Available in ebook and paperback in this edition (also hardbound originals, apparently).
Four and a half stars. Enjoyed it enough that I'm making an effort to locate and read her other works- high praise indeed from me since my TBR pile is neverending.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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