Friday, December 16, 2011
Friday's Forgotten Books: AN ENGLISH MURDER (1951) by Cyril Hare
AN ENGLISH MURDER by Cyril Hare
This is my first Cyril Hare murder mystery and it won't be my last. Very straightforward 1951 example of a type of book I'm always in a mood for, Holidays or not. (The copy I have shows a body half hanging out of a window - the murders have nothing to do with windows. Go figure.)
Anyway, in this vintage mystery by an author who I consider borderline famous (in other words, I'd only vaguely heard of him until recently) we have an English Country house estate at Christmas time.
In residence are a dying Lord of the Manor, his heirs and other assorted characters including a certain Dr. Bottwink, a Jewish historian with an observant eye and a taste for 18th century ephemera. There's also an approaching snowstorm guaranteed to keep everyone in situ for several days and, of course, a murderer lurking in the shadows.
All very cozy and dark natured - the way any murderous English plot should be.
What more could you want?
See a full list of Cyril Hare books at this link.
This is my entry in the Friday's Forgotten Books weekly meme usually hosted by Patti Abbott at her blog, PATTINASE. But for the next three weeks, Todd Mason at his blog, SWEET FREEDOM will be doing the link collecting. Don't forget to check in later and see what other forgotten books other bloggers are talking about today.