The Cornish Coast Murder

The Cornish Coast Murder

Book - 2014
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Never, even in his most optimistic moments, had he visualised a scene of this nature - himself in one arm-chair, a police officer in another, and between them . . . a mystery. So thinks the Reverend Dodd- vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen and a reader of detective novels - when an actual mystery unexpectedly lands on his doorstep in The Cornish Coast Murder. Julius Tregarthan, a secretive and ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen, shot through the head - and the local police investigator is baffled by the complete absence of clues. Fortunately for the inspector, the Reverend Dodd is at hand, ready to put his lifetime of vicarious detecting experience to the test.
Publisher: London : The British Library, 2014
ISBN: 9780712357159
Branch Call Number: F BUD NVD
Characteristics: 286 p. : 19 cm


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Jan 23, 2018

Since the setting is a Cornish seacoast village, it may be preordained that red herrings will pile up in this 'Golden Age' mystery. Enough to keep the reader (and the local Inspector) off balance for most of the tale. Delightful evocation of rural England post World War One. I'll definitely read some of the author's subsequent country mysteries,

May 15, 2017

A good first start to this author's mystery books set in England. The setting is very good, several good locals' characterization, and good clues and misdirections. Author, based on later books, likes the main detective to go for the home run as the clues build up, rather than a final round of applause so always know what he is thinking, rightly or wrongly. I liked the book well enough to read some of his later books that have been republished.

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