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A rattlingly good detective yarn,
This review is from: The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics) (Paperback)
Straight from the 1930s golden age of crime fiction it may be, but you can forget any country house ‘body-in-the-library’ business or contrived killings on continent-crossing trains.
First published in 1935, this Lakes-set murder mystery about good, honest, painstaking policing is pitched in a credible, living and working Lake District. The discovery of a body at an isolated north Lakes garage could be suicide, or something more sinister: why was the dead man planning a move abroad and why had he more in his bank account than a share in a wayside garage would have generated?
Bude – not his real name – wrote a succession of whodunits set in the more appealing parts of Britain (cleverly drawing in both crime novel readers, and those liking the locations). Happily he doesn’t fall into the trap of turning his books into a part-travelogue, and here shows a deep love of the Lakes and its everyday inhabitants.
In fact, Kent-born Ernest Carpenter Elmore (aka John Bude) went on to write thirty crime novels in all, worked as a theatre producer and director, and four years before his death in 1957 co-founded the Crime Writers’ Association.
The British Library has wisely republished his first two novels, The Cornish Coast Murder and this one, to introduce him to a whole new generation of readers. And you do get the best of both worlds here – learning more about genuine Lakeland life of the times (and the area in which it is placed, including Keswick, Whitehaven and Maryport), plus it’s a rattlingly good detective yarn.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2014 19:55:17 GMT
Paul A. Guillan says:
unfortunately this is not a review but simply copied wholesale from the introduction to the novel hence not a " customer review "
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2014 18:33:16 BDT
Red Rivere says:
Yeah, this piece simply regurgitates the introduction. Lame. Would be nice to have a genuine review.
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