- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (6 July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330480189
- ISBN-13: 978-0330480185
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 2.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,730,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Doll (Pan classic crime) Paperback – 6 Jul 2001
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'For its inexorable quality it would be difficult to find an equal. Death of a Doll is Lawrence's masterpiece.' -- Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers
About the Author
Hilda Lawrence was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1894. An avid reader of crime fiction, she wrote her first novel, Blood upon the Snow, in 1946. The novel introduced her three main series characters: Manhattan private investigator Mark East and sleuthing New England spinsters Miss Beulah and Miss Bessy. By combining these characters Hilda Lawrence's novels are a clever mixture of the hardboiled and softboiled styles of detective fiction. Hilda Lawrence wrote only four novels, all in the 1940s. Death of a Doll, which was published in 1947, is considered her masterpiecel. She died in Manhattan, New York, in 1976.
Top Customer Reviews
The two lady detectives were a nice touch.
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.