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Murder mystery without a murder
on 13 October 2001
Call me old fashioned, but when I buy a whodunnit, I expect to have at least one murder in it. Unfortounatly, there is no murder, no investigation, and the crime is wrapped up in no more than 2 and a half pages.
But all due respect to Graham, the book is well written, and sets the classic genre exceptionally.
The story line is that of a brother and sister left in charge of their Aunt's gothic mansion, and, always on the look for a quick earner, the brother presudes the sister to put up a 1920s style murder weekend.
There are a host of funny and brilliantly portrayed characters (the transvestite maid and fortune telling old lady to name a few).
But, three quarters of the way through the book, there is not even a glint of a dagger. Not giving to much away, the plot is based on a planned, but unsucessful crime, which none of the guests are aware of even when they leave the Grange, and which almost leaves way for a sequel.
However, the book isn't easy reading. Graham is very descriptive, with many long words! Still, quite a good twist to the tale, and even a refreshing change to your average whodunnit.