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Published by The British
Library, 10 February 2019. ISBN 978-0-7123-5260-4 (PB)
I remember this book in the early
1960s when I read my way through the offerings of E. C. R. Lorac from the local
library. It is fascinating to get the reprint from the British Library in
2019 and to see if the book is as enjoyable as I thought. Unlike most
writers of her era Lorac (who also wrote as Carol Carnac) often wrote about
country life. Many of her books concerned the North of England in a
period when the world outside London and the Home Counties was rarely the
setting here is Dorset rather than the North and the evocation of a style
of country life, now completely lost, is superb. The other fascinating aspect
for a modern reader is the picture of life in the closing years of WW2.
People are apprehensive about the future when the war ends - they already
realise their way of life will disappear.
Vaughan has been invalided out of the Navy and wants to renovate a cottage and
smallholding in a village called Mallory Fitzjohn near Exeter. He is
succeeding in his task, despite the dubious, fashionable visitors to the nearby
farm, when a fire destroys Little Thatch and Inspector Macdonald arrives from
London to try to discover a motive for murder. The investigation is
meticulous and, eventually, successful.
enjoyed this again, but I think my reasons for enjoying it differed from those
that I experienced as a teenager. The outdated way of life, exacerbated
by the War, I found fascinating whereas in the 1960s I accepted it as
describing the recent past.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
are many books by both Lorac and Carnac for the reader to find.
E.C.R. Loracwas a pen name of Edith Caroline
Rivett (1894-1958) who was a prolific writer of crime fiction from the 1930s to
the 1950s, and a member of the prestigious Detection Club. She lived her last
years with her elder sister, Gladys Rivett (1891-1966), in Lonsdale,
Lancashire. Edith Rivett died at the Caton Green Nursing Home,
Caton-with-Littledale, near Lancaster.Her books have been almost entirely
neglected since her death but deserve rediscovery as fine examples of classic
British crime fiction in its golden age.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the
solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly
therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous