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A Rediscovered Classic?,
This review is from: The Santa Klaus Murder (British Library Crime Classics) (Kindle Edition)
This was written at the height of the Golden Age, but to Hay's credit, she tries something a little different - the book starts with various characters accounts of the build-up to the case before Colonel Halstock takes over the investigation. These opening excerpts take a little while to get through and, as they are explained as witness statements that are later requested by the Colonel, I wonder if the structure of the narrative would have been improved if it had started with the murder and these chapters were included at the point the Colonel requests them as flashbacks.
But the mystery is well constructed, with a vast array of clues pointing at the murderer. Oddly, the solution reminds me of another Golden Age novel that I read fairly recently, but I cannot recall which one it was - not that I'd tell you, in case you've read one and not the other.
Overall then, it requires a little sticking power to get through the opening sections, but this is a well-constructed murder mystery from a long forgotten author and well worth a look. Recommended for the classicists out there.
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