- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 809 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: Ostara Publishing (2 Dec. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006HITDUC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To say much about the plot would be to spoil the fun, but it starts with two bodies in Cambridge (and a wonderful disclaimer at the beginning) - it's a classic locked room mystery, but is it a murder and a suicide or, as Buller begins to suspect, a double murder? He's a conscientious policeman, but unusually, one with an imagination, and the outcome of his investigation leaves him so hugely disillusioned that he feels he has no option but to resign. In many ways, Darkness at Pemberley reminds me most of Edmund Crispin's Gervase Fen novels, having the same mix of suspense and glee, plus an absolutely implausible plot. You also need to make some allowances for the period - White was, after all, what one of his characters describes as "a bit of a nationalist" (along with a number of other writers with whom he shared his affinity for nature).
Suspend your disbelief before you start, and you'll be in the right frame of mind to enjoy it.
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Then the story takes an abrupt turn, becoming a sort of cat-and-mouse adventure thriller in which Buller and the other members of the Pemberley estate are stalked by a mad murderer. Confess I didn't find this part nearly as entertaining, though think the fault has to do with time and changing tastes rather than any deficiency on the part of the writer. These days television and movies have accustomed us to spectacular chase scenes; in contrast, White's version - probably considered riveting and dramatic in its day - seems a little plodding and improbable. However, White's lovely prose and wit were enough to sustain me through the less-than-riveting bits, and the ending, when it comes, is satisfying.
I understand this is one of White's earlier works and I think it shows. There are elements of imagination here, but feel like the author let himself be constrained by the genre in which he was writing. Had he undertaken this later in his career, believe White probably could/would have shaped this material into something more unique, more cohesive, and more enduring. The fact remains, however, that even a relatively bad book by White outshines the best efforts of hundreds of other who-done-it authors who have come since!
Very exciting book, though without the plot twists you would expect from Christie or Sayers or some of the other Golden Age writers.
It lacks life, a lot of the descriptions were out of my experience and I could not find definitions anywhere (sporting a door?), and somehow this irritated me rather than stimulating me.
It is an OK read, but does not live.
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