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Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story (British Library Crime Classics)

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I can greatly appreciate a mischievous approach to structure that allows the police to appear only in the penultimate chapter, as Farjeon uses here.

Inside, tea is laid, a large wood fire blazes in the grate, the larder is full of food, but an exploration of the house soon reveals that there is nobody at home. The characters are the older psychic on his way to hopefully experience Charles I, a brother and sister going home for the holiday, a young man to visit his aunt, a young actress hoping for a new part, and a couple more characters less well defined. We're a very small team operating in an environment that is quite tough on independent publishers, so we're extremely proud of our sales figures: up 400 per cent in November on the previous year. One of Farjeon's best known works was a play, Number 17, which was made into a number of films, including Number Seventeen (1932) directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and joined the UK Penguin Crime series as a novel in 1939. I did just take a look at your 10 (ish) Christmas Mysteries post from a few years back – would there be any titles you would now add to that list?Unexplained deaths are then discovered and eventually, when other uninvited guests find their way to the house, a story begins to unfold and, providing one can keep all the threads together, an explanation, and solution, to the mystery, appropriately late on Christmas Day, is finally is reached. Un libro ambientado durante una celebración, fiesta, vacaciones (Pascua, Navidad, San Valentín, Halloween, etc.

To be honest, I think if it had a different cover and didn’t try to lure in readers with false expectations of a solid Christmas/winter mystery, I wouldn’t be so very disappointed in this thing. The uninvited guests decided to make themselves at home and discussions take place as to what happened on the train as one of the passengers explains that he saw a body in an adjacent carriage. There are a good cast of characters, including an elderly bore, a psychic, a brother and sister, a young office clerk and a chorus girl travelling to an audition.It is a great joy, then, to discover Mystery in White by Joseph Jefferson Farjeon, first published in 1937.

One thing which I hadn’t noticed on my first read and which did get on my wick slightly this time, was the role and personality allotted to Lydia, who came across as a too chipper Girl Guide on steroids, (mild exaggeration perhaps). It is an interesting listen, especially knowing it is one of a number of forgotten British mystery classics republished by the British Library. Perfect for large spaces such as living rooms, kitchens, and hallways, this large format marble-effect tile features a sleek and versatile design with a white base colour and subtle grey veining, which will add high-end style and character to any room. Farjeon also reveals in his opening chapters his skill in slowly adding sinister elements to the plot; a frightened face, one set of footprints too many etc. I've picked up the Thirteenth Guest by Farjeon which is a more traditional story and style, so hopefully I'll like that one better when I get to it.But a deserted house where a bread knife lays on the floor, the kettle is boiling, the fires are lit and tea is laid. I was thinking, as I read, what a wonderful movie this would make, casting a young Joanna Lumley as Laura, produced by the BBC or whosoever makes the Agatha Christie series. The grandson of the American actor Joseph Jefferson, his brothers were Herbert, a dramatist and scholar, and Harry, who became a composer.

The few paranormal aspects to this were just the right amount to lend a certain spookiness to the story while not stretching my credulity too far. But--the tale is such great fun and is such a wild bobsled of a ride through Farjeon's winter wonderland that one can suspend one's disbelief in psychic happenings. I do agree that the opening to the book is quite charming and, like you, I also preferred the first half of the book to the second.

for a stand-alone about a police detective, a developmentally delayed boy, and a package everyone in North Dakota wants to grab. When eight-year-old Hannah Perry goes missing in the small Suffolk village of St Just, the community is rocked. The whole set up is quite wildly improbable and the amateur detective (a psychic expert) is perhaps a little too insightful, but all the disparate people and elements of the plot make for a darn good story. It suffers from a common mystery trope in that the plot is not all guessable until much later in the story when outside elements have been introduced. Strange and his daughter reveal that the actual mystery is something completely unexpected and nothing really to do with all that came before.

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