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Death of a doll [Hardcover]

Hilda. LAWRENCE
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Chapman And Hall,; First Edition. Hardback. No Dust Jacket. edition (1948)
  • ASIN: B002N1VZNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilda Lawrence - Death Of A Doll 24 Sep 2001
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Format:Paperback
I have a very old edition of this mystery and it is one that I have often re-read. The characters are so finely drawn that the reader becomes very involved in the life within the walls of the boarding house. The reader feels great empathy for Ruth Miller, first her joy at finding a good home and gradually her great fear when she tries to escape. This book contains one of the most horrifying chase scenes I have ever read. And even after several re -reads, I still am struck with fear when I read it. Mysteries are seldom written as chilling tales of horror, and yet this one succeeds in scaring me as no other I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky 4 Jun 2011
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Rich benefactors have been contributing to the moral safety of single girls in post War New York by maintaining 'Hope House'. Self-effacing, teenage shop-girl Ruth Miller who thinks 'hot water a privilege' is overjoyed when she moves in to the seventy girl hostel so why does she end up like a 'Rag doll. Limp, flat, lying in the rain'?

This is a single-sitting, spooky, claustrophobic read. Mrs Lawrence wrote only four novels and she regularly features the debonair detective to the stars, Mark East, together with the dotty elderly spinsters, Miss Beulah and Miss Bessy.

The police are indifferent and all the Hope House inhabitants, including a slightly risque lesbian management team, want the matter undisturbed. This sense of indifference and intolerance pervades the novel as East tries to break the wall of silence and fear. Why should anyone care, because Ruth was anonymous, a nobody?

It has its flaws but I would suggest you may like to keep all the lights on when you read this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Doll Review 14 Aug 2002
Format:Paperback
I read this book over 2 nights, and I am now re-reading again, as soon as I finished it. It is a quite simple & very clever story. At times I really felt I was in that girls lodging house, looking over my shoulder for the rag doll. All the clues were there, but so well written that I missed them until the end.
The two lady detectives were a nice touch.
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