Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story (British Library Crime Classics)
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After this delightfully intriguing start, things get more and more puzzling for the trapped visitors. This gentle satire reminded me of Gladys Mitchell's sharp send-up of the cosy tradition, her lively 1932 tale The Saltmarsh Murders . It starts out quite promising, and has some nice observations on human nature (much underlined on Kindle -- get a life, people!
Imagine my delight when I received two British Classic Christmas Crime Mysteries from across the seas from a Tracey in the UK. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Mais alors que des feux brûlent dans les cheminées, que le thé est prêt à être servi, nos voyageurs ne trouvent cependant âme qui vive dans les lieux. That is what J Jefferson Farjeon provides us with and the word 'Mystery' in the title is the operative word. 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.Some of them decide to leave the train and try and walk to another station which is supposed to be a walk away. If the narrator had stuck to one voice it would have worked better for me but her male voices were very annoying. Problem is, our amateur sleuth (and SPR member) uses cold logic to untangle most of this mystery, then goes all psychical at the end, using it to tie up some loose threads in what was (again, for me) an unconvincing way. I have a bias for mysteries of a more reverend vintage (heavy on dialogue and deductions, light on car chases, gunplay and bedroom scenes) and in that respect Mystery in White does not disappoint. Anyhow, if you are looking for social political commentary that will blow your mind and change your life look elsewhere.
It is worth both the new edition and the praise, although it is for me a mystery whose journey is more engaging than its eventual arrival. Cut off in the snow, with no way of making contact with anyone, the group have to make the best of things – while feeling more than a little uncomfortable about making themselves at home in somebody else’s house.The psychic, Edward Maltby, decides to leave the train and attempt to find another station and he is soon followed by others from his train carriage. 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. The sharp-eyed Maltby sees and reveals other irregularities, as well, gradually making the other characters — and the reader — more and more uneasy. This is really a very enjoyable mystery novel, with strangers turning up out of nowhere, locked rooms, murder, spooky happenings and even a little romance and humour mixed in. 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.
From that point on, characters come in and info dump to explain murders (in the past and present), motives and a possibility that all the eerieness was simply the creation of a character's psychic powers which all conspired to create quite a bit of dissonance for this reader. No one in their right mind would get tea all ready only to leave the house in the middle of a snow storm. But visibility is almost nil, and after a challenging journey on foot through deep snow, they find themselves outside a welcoming-looking country house whose front door turns out to be open.
He had fully expected to remain on the train, unlike the "lunatics" (as he referred to his fellow passengers). But that is the least of their problems when they are joined by others from the train and find out that there has been a murder on the train and maybe a murder in the house. Indeed, eventually the travellers find themselves reunited in a house they stumble across in the snow. This book may not be for the puzzle purist but for readers who love to soak in atmosphere, spooky goings on and festive fun, will find much to enjoy. The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.
He follows footprints through the snow, sees this, that and the other, and encounters two important characters, a father and daughter, whom he leads back to the house by following his own trail. well I urge you to listen to this book if you enjoy Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers , I hope Audible will get more of J Jefferson Fargeon's books . By the time the storm ends, four people will have been murdered, and the survivors, not the police, will deliver justice in the satisfying ending. Der Krimi ist jedoch so unaufgeregt und unblutig, transportiert aber gleichzeitig so eine tolle weihnachtliche Stimmung dass ich schnell in der Geschichte gefangen war. When Jessie twists her ankle on a particularly tricky bit of ground, the adventurers are lucky enough to find a house where they can ask for refuge.The story begins with a lot of snow, which is always good for a Christmas set mystery, though this is not such good news for the various passengers travelling third class on Christmas Eve from London. As one of the protagonists states at the end, 'Well, anyhow, we've been through hell, and it was Christmas, so if one or two of us did get a bit funny, well, who could blame anyone? It's a tremendous premise, and as soon as I picked the book up I remembered having read it before, I think in the mid-1980s. The Crime Classics stand out against the darker crop of contemporary crime fiction and offer something a bit different.