Rim of the Pit Author:Hake Talbot A group of people meet at a remote lodge in the north woods of New England. They hold a seance to raise the spirit of the medium's husband, in order to obtain permission to log the woods he bequeathed to his widow. But it all goes wrong when the seance seems to unleash the spirit which takes over living members of the party to exact revenge and ... more »go on a killing spree.
This Bantam edition is one of The World's Greatest Novels of Detection as selected by Anthony Boucher and includes an introduction by him.
A masterpiece of the locked-room / impossible murder genre, this golden age murder mystery, written in 1944, is great fun.
It has all the elements required for a golden age mystery -- a secluded location at which all the suspects are stranded for the duration. A dashing hero who turns detective. A plucky heroine. And an assorted number of house guests, many of whom have a motive for the crime. Then it throws in some clever puzzles, including the footprints that begin and end in an unbroken expanse of snow, a locked room, a flying murderer and the disappearance from a watched room of one of the suspects.
Atmospheric yet still retaining a fun, light, "figure-this-out-if-you-can" attitude; it all makes this a perfect book for mystery lovers and those who enjoy a touch of the supernatural in the mix.