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The Hog's Back Mystery (1933)

by Freeman Wills Crofts

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Crofts is known for solid mysteries often based on alibis involving railroads (he worked on railroads). This is not his best. It includes two alibis, one of which is clever and credible, but the other of whjich is not. it assumes that a witness who is described as intelligent and sharp-sighted, could be fooled by a very simple impersonation when the impersonator is not very like the other man, and has no known acting or makeup abilities.T here is also a third man whose car was used in the crime. When questioned about it, he displays blatant signs of guilt and it is stated that he obviously knew how the car was used, but at the end he is left untroubled and goes off to marry a wealthy widow. ( )
  antiquary | Apr 11, 2016 |
A 'Golden Age' murder mystery - I had to finish it but it was rather heavy going. You get an awful lot of Inspector French sitting smoking by the gas fire in his hotel room trying to work out the case. The dénouement goes through the case giving page references to each vital point just to prove that the author hadn't cheated but his fake alibis are down to a minute or two which I do not think is reasonable. The author was a railway engineer and his precision and enthusiasm for timetables shine through. ( )
  abbottthomas | Jan 3, 2016 |
Circumstantial evidence and precision timing are needed by Scotland Yard Inspector French to discover just who might be behind several disappearances. Be sure to make mental notes as key events occur to discovere why French is constantly revisiting timelines. A little slow paced and redundant, the tale is still a pleasant read from days gone by. ( )
  bemislibrary | Aug 29, 2015 |
When a doctor and a nurse go missing, it's up to Inspector French to solve the case. It soon becomes apparent that both were likely killed, but where are the bodies? Suspicion runs to members of the doctor's household, to the doctor's partner, and to other persons connected with them. When another person goes missing, clues such as blood and dirt begin to surface. It's a complex mystery requiring the use of logic from the Golden Age of Mysteries that is certain to delight fans of the genre. An advance review copy was received from the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley in exchange for a review. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jun 21, 2015 |
A pleasing, well explained and logical whodunnit. ( )
  simon_carr | Apr 11, 2015 |
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