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The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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 !!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a great book and a very good story all set in the 1920/1930s .Published 1 month ago by linlobbs
I like the way his tales come together. And try to discover who committed it first.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written and most enjoyable - however, there was a fraction too much technical information for me.Published 2 months ago by Rosie
Delightfully old-fashioned! I loved all the details of daily life which made the setting and characters seem very real. Everything tied up nice and neat at the end too.Published 2 months ago by Kaarina Meyer
Very atmospheric. Love the style and language. A lovely period piece and an enjoyable read.Published 3 months ago by Kez
I really enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the language and style used to portray the events.Published 3 months ago by Patricia Barratt
Concentrated too much on key figures. No light relief or human interest in the background.Published 3 months ago by abigail
There's a reason John Bude's books fell out of favour. They are just not very good. This one is formulaic, no real characterisation and an absurd plot.Published 3 months ago by tresco