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Well-written easy read
on 21 June 2010
This is a well-written and well-plotted murder mystery in the classic country house setting. Most modern mystery writers - especially those who set their books in the golden age inter-war period - give some sort of nod to the masters (or more properly mistresses) of the genre. One obvious one here is the burgeoning romance between peer's daughter and Chief Inspector which may be familiar as a background motif in the Wimsey novels.
The central 'secret' is blindingly obvious, but I personally don't think that the book suffers from that although it does clearly mark it out as a modern homage.
Fans of this type of novel will not be disappointed.