A great 50s-era murder mystery set in the isolated (and fictional) village of Lydmouth, on the Welsh-English border. It manages to both pay homage to and subvert the 'golden age' era of crime novels. If I had to compare the plotting and characterisation to anyone, then it would be to Ngaio Marsh; but the key word here is 'atmosphere' - you can just sense the austerity and the repressiveness of the time. My only criticism would be that the ending was not as revelatory as I had been expecting, but that's a minor criticism. A great book, one of a series featuring Inspector Thornhill. Recommended.
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