Murder at the Chase

Murder at the Chase

eBook - 2014
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July, 1955. Donald Langham has interrupted his romantic break in rural Suffolk with the delectable Maria Dupre to assist a fellow writer. Alastair Endicott has requested Langham's help in discovering what's happened to his father, Edward, who seems to have disappeared without trace from inside his locked study. Before he vanished, the elder Endicott had been researching a book on the notorious Satanist Vivian Stafford. Could the proposed biography have something to do with his disappearance? Does local resident Stafford really possess supernatural powers, as some believe?
Publisher: Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2014
Edition: First world edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781780105772
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 26, 2015

If you were to take some supporting characters from a P. G. Wodehouse novel and make them enact a murder mystery set in an English countryside with a protagonist couple sweet on each other to replace Wooster and Jeeves, you will get this novel.

It is not a bad one to enjoy over tea and biscuits if you do not expect more than that.

The writing style is lively and the story well-paced. It reads like a play in a novel format.

The characters seem like the kind that would say "Pardon me" if they were to kill someone and then confess over tea (or Gin and Tonic). The protagonists stumble over the solution to the mystery rather than sleuth it. They get as misled as the reader for the many twists in the plot.

The author has attempted to create a romantic mystery without descending into Mills and Boon schmaltz but not with any more depth than the romances in a Wodehouse novel. Unless you are a jaded coot that expects any romance to be between two dysfunctional people, at least one of whom is self-destructive (like 90%+ of contemporary American fiction), you might find it refreshing or at least not too syrupy.

Decent novel for what it tries to be with some simple attempts at social commentary for the 1950s it is set in.


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