Monday, November 5, 2018

Fire in the Thatch

Fire in the Thatch is a re-release of a mystery originally published in 1946 and re-released in the British Crime Classics series.  Published 5th June 2018 by Poisoned Pen Press, it's 240 pages and available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook versions.  This reformat and release includes a new introduction and historical notes by Martin Edwards.

This particular book is one of a series set in Devon by E.C.R. Lorac (Edith Caroline Rivett) featuring Chief Inspector Robert MacDonald. This is classic golden age mystery and the gems which have been selected for inclusion in this series are all well deserving of being dusted off and presented to a new audience of mystery lovers. I was unfamiliar with this author before reading another book in this series, but these are top shelf, well written and satisfying mysteries.  The writing is solid and the plotting moves the story along at a good pace.

I will say that this was a melancholy read for me. I was sad that there wasn't really any 'happily ever after' aspect of the plotting or for the characters.  On the other hand, the writing, plotting, characters, and mystery were thoroughly enjoyable, and I highly recommend the book and this author.

Four stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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