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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Rue Morgue Press; First Edition edition (15 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915230771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915230778
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,003,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lovely book,very enjoyable in the country house murder style.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x963b2684) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x964130e4) out of 5 stars golden age 11 Mar. 2006
By M. Poller - Published on
Format: Paperback
Written in the fairplay school of detection with characters fully delineated. It was a joy to read because it was written just before WW2 and certainly has all the flavor from that period. I'm just sorry this author died so young before she had a chance to write more as she certainly had a gift for it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96413138) out of 5 stars All clues are in plain sight 3 Nov. 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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As a member of the prestigious Detection Club founded by the famous Dorothy L. Sayers, Dorothy Bowers' career was short. She wrote five detective novels in the tradition of the old fashioned "fair play" principle. She died of tuberculosis at the early age of 46, after producing her mysteries between 1938 and 1947. The Rue Morgue Press is graciously reprinting all five Bowers novels to the delight of audiences worldwide. Dorothy Bowers has been compared to Dorothy Sayers, and her mysteries were enthusiastically reviewed at the time.

Mrs. Cornelia Lackland is an erstwhile actress who married above her station and was unfaithful to her husband. When he dies, she is in complete charge of her granddaughters by marriage, Jenny Hernshaw and Carol Quentin. Jenny and Carol live in complete subjugation to their selfish and arrogant grandmother's wishes. Dr. Tom Faithful, the doctor who is ministering to Cornelia, is a favorite of hers and figures into the story every step of the way. Cornelia changes her will on a whim every year or so and completely terrorizes not only her family but also the butler, parlormaid, and housemaid. But there is much more simmering under the surface, and the sudden poisoning of Mrs. Lackland gives Chief Inspector Dan Pardoe of Scotland Yard and Sergeant Salt, Pardoe's right-hand man, a twisted trail of deceit and secrets that eventually puts everyone at risk:

"'Part of my job, Miss Quentin, getting to know as fully as possible the people with whom we've got to deal. Looked at like that, nothing's irrelevant.' He lowered his voice. 'Don't, in the next day or two, confide too readily in anybody in the house. I don't want you to be alarmed, but it's just as well to feel that until your grandmother's murderer is discovered nobody-nobody is free from danger.'"

Dorothy Bowers was an Oxford graduate who wrote with a passion for word play and the full exploration of her characters. Her plots were intricate and enticing, and her mysteries were carefully worked out puzzles according to the etiquette of mystery writing. All clues are in plain sight, with the reader knowing as much as the detective before the case is solved. Still, her tales leave most readers baffled up until the very end, and therein lies the fun. It's a pity that Bowers didn't have a chance to produce a comprehensive body of work, because her talent is evident.

Shelley Glodowski

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96413570) out of 5 stars very welcome first U.S. edition 23 Jun. 2005
By Allen J. Hubin - Published on
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This is a really enjoyable detective story (I'd like to give it 3+ stars if the system would allow), resurrected from 1930s obscurity. Bowers is an excellent writer, and I look forward to the (re)appearances of her other 4 mysteries. It's a great pity she died so young.
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HASH(0x9641393c) out of 5 stars good book. I like the golden age writers often ... 22 Aug. 2014
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good book. I like the golden age writers often because they write better - more detail, better language, somehow more leisurely story-telling - than some modern, especially American, mystery writers. She died young and wasn't perfect, but the few she published are worth reading and hard to get from a library.
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HASH(0x964138e8) out of 5 stars Very civilized but fast-paced detection 23 April 2014
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Bowers is certainly among the more lady-like of mystery writers. The plot is intelligent and well worked out, the characters credible, the clues are all given honestly, and the denouement is surprising.
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