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Murder on Safari [Paperback]

Elspeth Joscelin Grant Huxley


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Canadian Superintendent Vachell, of Chania CID, is called to Lady Baradale's luxury Kenyan safari camp to investigate the disappearance of her jewels. He found himself ostensibly hired as assistant white hunter to the intrepid Danny de Mare. Within hours, Lady Baradale is murdered, despite Vachell's presence, and so he has another mystery to solve. The party continues to search for game to shoot and an attempt on Vachell's life fails; he has to unravel clues from wherever he can on this safari. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of its genre 26 Jun 2013
By John A. Lefcourte - Published on Amazon.com
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Huxley grew up in Kenya and would write about it for her entire life. Her autobiography about her childhood is "Flame Trees of Thika" which was made into a BBC/Masterpiece Theater Series. This book is one of a series of three mysteries set in East Africa with Superintendent Vachell as the investigating police detective. Huxley is a master at describing the African country and this mystery takes place on a Safri as the title suggests. The series was written in the late '30s and in may ways is typical of the English mysteries so popular in the era written by other women authors such as Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy Sayers.

It has a very clever plot, strewn with logical and believable red herrings, using the Author's intimate knowledge of East Africa, it's flora and fauna and typical Safari details. I found it engrossing and had a hard time putting it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars while dated, the story is engrossing 22 Feb 2014
By Lassie, loves literature and music - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who has been on an African safari will find this intriguing, but keep in mind it was written in 1938. A safari was about killing game. But, the mystery is a good one with an assortment of British characters and intriguing relationships among the safari group. Enter the Canadian detective who goes undercover to solve the mystery of the stolen jewels and sort out the prospective travelers to solve the crime.
My complaint is about the seller Bibliomanic. The description they posted indicated new "with inside cover slightly tanned otherwise in perfect condition". The whole paperback is tanned so much so you can barely read the the print. $9.90 plus shipping. When I complained about the condition of the book, I received a snide reply. They lack good customer service skills, and I would not recommend purchasing from Bibliomanic.
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