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The Sussex Downs Murder (1936)

by John Bude

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Series: Inspector William Meredith (2)

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Mysteries are my favorite genre and I especially love those set in the Golden Age. The Sussex Downs Murder is a great example. The book was easy to read - although a little slow in places. The clues were laid out well and there were some good plot twists that kept things interesting. I enjoyed Superintendent Meredith. I will certainly try to read more by John Bude.

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  rretzler | Nov 3, 2017 |
On the picturesque Sussex Downs, Inspector William Meredith is called in to investigate the disappearance of John Rother, whose car has been found abandoned on a lonely roadway. A bloodstained hat left behind in the car and smashed instruments on the dashboard lead the police to suspect foul play. Then bones are discovered that confirm these suspicions. But who killed John Rother in such a gruesome manner, and why?

This is a very deliberately paced book. I must admit that I zoned out on several occasions as Inspector Meredith worked diligently through each of the clues and leads he was given. I like Meredith as a character (especially when we get glimpses of his wife and teenage son, who tries to get involved in the investigation), but this particular case seemed to move very slowly. That being said, however, the ending was pretty good. It is a twist that I probably should have deduced, but it was a good twist nonetheless. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Apr 25, 2015 |
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Dominating that part of the Sussex Downs with which this story is concerned is Chanctonbury Ring.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0712357963, Paperback)

'Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse!' Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister - connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother's wife? Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate - and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next. This classic detective novel from the 1930s is now republished for the first time, with an introduction by the award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards.

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Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse! Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister- connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother's wife? Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate- and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next.… (more)

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