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The Youth Hostel Murders (Rue Morgue Vintage Mysteries)

by Glyn Carr

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This is a fascinating series that features Abercrombie Lewker, a garrulous, somewhat pompous Shakespearean actor and avid mountain climber. In his travels and rock climbing adventures he inadvertently stumbles across violent deaths that invariably turn out to be nasty murders. This is the 3rd book in the series and his annoying, very artificial speech is considerably diluted from the first entry Death on Milehigh Buttress which I never finished because of the arch dialog. (Lewker has an irritable habit of quoting Shakespeare, Webster, Wilde, Shaw and other classic writers of the British stage.) But I muddled through the first three chapters of this one and the engrossing story overshadowed all the dialog eccentricities. Includes witchcraft, Welsh legends and lore, and hidden cache of paintings. I figured this one out very early on, but the rock climbing and the character contrast between the youthful suspects and the middle-aged Lewker made for a good read. His books are very hard to find in any edition and command high prices. But God bless Rue Morgue Press for reissuing most of these books in affordable paperback editions so that a new generation of detective fiction lovers can read of Lewker's exploits.
  prettysinister | May 9, 2008 |
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