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The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics) by [Bude, John]
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This Lakes-set murder mystery about good, honest, painstaking policing is pitched in a credible, living and working Lake District ... You do get the best of both world here - learning more about genuine Lakeland life of the times, plus it's a rattlingly good detective yarn. --Cumbria magazine

About the Author

John Bude was the pseudonym of Ernest Elmore (1901 1957), an author of the golden age of crime fiction. Elmore was a co-founder of the Crime Writers Association, and worked in the theatre as a producer and director. His first two books, The Cornish Coast Murder and The Lake District Murder, were republished as British Library Crime Classics to great acclaim in 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2036 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (19 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IJZBPL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2014
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Inspector Meredith is presented with what appears to be a suicide but which he very quickly realises is actually a murder disguised as a suicide. A partner in a garage and petrol station is found dead in his car. There is no apparent motive for the suicide and when it is identified as murder none of the obvious suspects have motives or opportunities to carry out the crime.

By painstakingly piecing together tiny scraps of evidence Meredith and his colleagues manage to work out how the crime was committed and who was responsible. This is one of the best constructed police procedural crime stories I have ever read and I felt as though I was unravelling the clues along with the police. It is well written, the characters are believable and their actions make sense. Meredith himself is a pleasant individual - always polite to colleagues and the public alike.

I liked the background to the story as it resists the temptation to provide a guidebook backdrop. It stands the test of time very well and can be read with enjoyment by twenty first century readers. It's good to see some of these classic crime novels being given a new lease of life by the British Library.
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Bags of atmosphere, and truck-loads of clues. Just the thing if you want atmosphere with your who-dunnit. Beautifully structured and just the right length. You will wish there more of these from John Bude. There aren't many so enjoy this. The Lake District and surrounding towns all have their part to play in this enjoyable combination finding of motive and alibi breaking.
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Having enjoyed The Cornish Coast Murder, I was looking forward to this but I was extremely disappointed. It's almost as if it was written by a different author. There is almost no attempt to create realistic characters, hardly any dialogue or dramatic scenes, and it's just all very flat, stilted and plodding. Even the detective is one dimensional and has no discernible personality. It wouldn't be so bad if the storyline/story telling made up for it, but it's just not engaging and there's no suspense or tension.
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As a dedicated Agatha Christie fan I am delighted that the British Library Crime Classics have re-published this story having never had the chance to read John Bude before. I love the way the story unfolds and the characterisation. In all Bude wrote about 30 crime novels. I hope other titles will see their way back into print.
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This is probably good for a person who likes a lot of detail - timetables, journey length and so forth - in the unravelling of the story. I found it difficult to follow and a tad dull in places. What was interesting was seeing how good old fashioned police work was done before the age of IT. A good period piece and well written. Just not one for an enthralling 'curl up on the sofa' read to distract you (easily) from daily concerns.
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I really enjoyed one of the author's other books ("The Cornish Coast Murder") - and "The Lake District Murder" started well, but the story gets bogged down in detail to become tedious read. A shame really - I wanted to enjoy it, but it just got too dull & boring (I gave-up having read over half the book) - do yourself a favor, buy "The Cornish Coast Murder" instead!
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I have just read the worst book I’ve ever read, perhaps the worst book ever written, and discovered a deadly flaw in my make-up. I finished it despite every atom and corpuscle, the bacteria in my gut and eyelids screaming for mercy and an end to the pain. The book – for any masochists out there – is called The Lake District Murder by John Bude, and I can afford to be so viciously wanton because this Pol Pot of the written word is now dead.

It was written in 1935 and has an Introduction by Martin Edwards. Reading the Introduction you’d be forgiven for thinking the book was a winner. It is set in nice scenery, the Lake District, and the story kicks off with the discovery of a dead motor mechanic who has apparently committed suicide. Of course, he hasn’t, otherwise there would be no book, but by God, if only he had and spared us the pain of turning beyond page two.

The hero, Inspector Meredith, is boring, the other characters make cardboard exciting, and the chief villain is someone we hear of but never actually see, so it’s hard to get excited over his eventual demise.
In his introduction Martin Edwards stresses this is an early police procedural detective novel. He makes the point: "Whatever faults may be attributed to the British police force…a lack of thoroughness is not one of them.” I should have taken that as a warning.

The book takes you with Meredith painstakingly following one lead after another all of them false – but all of them snail-paced and packed with technical details like how petrol pumps work, the respective storage facilities of underground sumps and petrol containers and how fast one could go on the Cockermouth road.
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At last --a worthy rival to the mastery of Freeman Wills Crofts . The introduction by Martin Edwards is spot on and is worth the price of the book alone .

The Lake District settings are perfect --I read the book with an ordnance survey map--. The plot owes quite a bit to " The Pit Prop Syndicate " and is all the better for it .Means of transport are both integral and accurate and there are no pointless amateurs with their irritating and silly mannerisms .

The priority now is to make sure that ALL his other novels are published as soon as possible--in an age when we are having a surfeit of parody type cosy crime fiction --it is all the more important that we have the real and original thing . Please British Library --answer my prayer and when you have done that how about throwing caution to the wind and releasing all the Major Street novels --john Rhode / Miles Burton and Cecil Waye !!!
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