Murder Underground (British Library Crime Classics) Paperback – 31 Mar 2014
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The style is deliciously dry and dated, but that brings with it a certain charm. There is certainly no gore, but there is plenty of vintage good stuff to enjoy. --The Lady
About the Author
Mavis Doriel Hay (1894 - 1979) was a novelist of the golden age of British crime fiction. Her three novels - of which Murder Underground was the first - were published in the 1930s and are now very rare. The British Library republished The Santa Klaus Murder in 2013.
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It isn't perhaps in Sayers' league and the plot wasn't as puzzling as Christie on top form; but the characters were engaging and the outcome satisfying. I'll certainly read others by this author and others in the British Library Crime Classics collection
There are two other novels in the series and the second (Death on the Cherwell) which I am currently reading is a great deal more 'mature' and more devious in plot.
If you enjoy period murder mystery novels and/or Agatha Christie well worth getting!
It's abominable. The story crawls along at a snail's pace and by the end (it's so drawn out boredom set in pretty quickly) I couldn't care less who actually killed the old bag. The pasteboard characters are utterly unbelievable, for the most part unpleasant and act as if murder is a game. They deliberately lie to the police and suppress information. They judge a man's guilt or innocence by his status in life (typical of many similar books of the period I regret to say) and spread malicious gossip. One of them keeps some of the dead woman's possessions and then 'persuades' one of the simpletons living in the house to put it back to where it should be (even though the coppers have searched the room!). Quite why anyone would want to reissue this awful book and how Dorothy L Sayers could speak so highly of it is beyond me. This one is on the same level of sheer awfulness as Jefferson Farjeon's 'Mystery in White'. If you'd never read any of this series before it may well put you off buying any others and that would be a pity because there are some excellent titles in the series notably those by John Bude and Freeman Wills Crofts..
Avoid this one like the plague..
The story tootles along at a medium pace and you can guess 'Who done it'. However, it is entertaining to go with the flow.
Would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys a classic period mystery.
But whodunit? As the tale unfolds the evidence points more and more to Miss Pongleton's hapless heir - the impoverished, happy-go-lucky and feckless Basil. His bizarre behaviour on the day of his aunt's demise is problematic. His attempts to provide himself with an alibi become ever more convoluted.
It's all very nicely done with some good characterisation and it kept me turning the pages. Three-quarters of the way through you will probably have your suspicions as to the culprit but that won't spoil your enjoyment of the denoument.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A charming yet candid view of the weaknesses of individuals. Hay promotes the intelligence of women in a gentle style.Published 14 days ago by Dee South East
This is a very pleasant ,light_hearted murder :a real gem from the "Golden Years" of British crime writing .A real ,good, curl up with a cup of cocoa book.Published 29 days ago by E. A. M. Clark
There's something intriguing about crime stories from the first half of the 20th century.
Mavis Hay was no Agatha Christie but there is a certain style about her... Read more
a real good old fashioned tale
took a while to get into but so
well written , if you like agatha
christie you will love this
I'd read The Santa Klaus Murders by this author and quite enjoyed it so thought I'd give this a go.
While this was quite an enjoyable read and full of interesting period... Read more
I would like to see this televised - the character's involved are cleverly described by the author to the ultimate conclusion, I was hooked from beginning to end.Published 4 months ago by L. Tarrant
very dated and not in a goof way I hated the writing style. I do have some other books from this serious all with wonderful covers but Murder Underground was a real disapointmentPublished 4 months ago by Yorkshiremen