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The Act of Roger Murgatroyd (Evadne Mount, Bk 1)
The Act of Roger Murgatroyd - Evadne Mount, Bk 1 Author:Gilbert Adair It's Boxing Day, circe 1936. A snowed-in manor on the very edge of Dartmoor. A Christmas house-party. And overhead, in the attic, the dead body of Raymond Gentry, gossip columnist and blackmailer, shot through the heart. But the attic door is locked from the inside, its sole window is traversed by thick iron bars and, naturally, there is no sign... more » of a murderer or murder weapon. Fortunately (though, for the murdered, unfortuantely), one of the guests is the formidible Evadne Mount, the bestselling author of countless classic whodunits. In fact, were she not its presiding sleuth, The Act of Roger Murgatroyd is exactly the type of whodunit she herself might have written.
Gilbert Adair's most ludic and Clue-dic novel to date is a tour de force.« less
Adair succeeds in evoking the classic golden age mystery with his snowbound-country-house-party-embroiled-in murder tale. It includes eccentric English country characters, an impossible murder in a locked room, and amateur sleuths. It also had maybe a few too many long monologues from each character, but if you let yourself be taken along for the ride it's great fun.