Book Reviews of The Shade of Time

The Shade of Time
The Shade of Time
Author: David Duncan
ISBN: 129779
Publication Date: 1946
Pages: 244
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Paperback
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The first 90% of this book, set in 1946, was a first rate golden age mystery: an impossible murder in a sealed room, a group of suspects gathered in one house for the duration of the investigation, a diagram holding a key to the solution, and a detective in the classic mold. Up until the denouement I thought this was going to rate 5 stars. But then it all fell apart. Not only was the solution pretty confusing, but the author shows remarkable insensitivity (even for 1946) by using a terrible homophobic reference. So I give it 4 stars for the majority of the writing and plotting, and 1 point for the ending.