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Two-Way Murder

by E.C.R. Lorac

Other authors: Martin Edwards (Introduction)

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Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder It is a dark and misty night-isn't it always?-and bachelors Nicholas and Ian are driving to the ball at Fordings, a beautiful concert hall in the countryside. There waits the charming Dilys Maine, and a party buzzing with rumours of one Rosemary Reeve who disappeared on the eve of this event the previous year, not found to this day. With thoughts of mysterious case ringing in their ears, Dilys and Nicholas strike a stranger on the drive back home, launching a new investigation and unwittingly reviving the search for what really became of Rosemary Reeve. Written in the last years of the author's life, this previously unpublished novel is a tribute to Lorac's enduring skill for constructing an ingenious puzzle, replete with memorable characters and gripping detective work. Crime fiction lovers can't miss the classic golden age mysteries published in the acclaimed British Crime Classics series! "[An] excellent fair-play mystery...this British Library Crime Classic more than deserves that status."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review, for Checkmate to Murder, another excellent entry in the acclaimed British Crime Classics mystery series.… (more)
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even Homer nodded / one of her best ( )
  Overgaard | Apr 13, 2024 |
Pretty clever mystery, written in the 1950s but published now for the first time.
The central trick that’s the key to “whodunnit” is definitely possible for a careful reader to figure out, but not so glaringly obvious as to take away the fun of deduction. The characters are not terribly memorable, but the mystery works quite well. If you’re a fan of the Golden Age atmosphere, you’ll enjoy this.

Thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for this digital review copy! ( )
  Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
Okay, I figured this one out, but still a good trick, and a good, solid golden age outing. ( )
  EricaObey | Dec 21, 2022 |
On a misty night an ex-Commando and the beautiful young woman he is driving home come across a body on the road. The commando breaks into a neighbouring house to ring the police, but is attacked and left unconscious. The young woman runs home along a path across the fields because she must get home before her puritanical father realises she is gone. There's a surfeit of suspects, many of them young men in love with the beautiful Dilys. Eventually the intuitive Inspector Waring solves the crime.

An enjoyable mystery from the tail-end of the Golden age. ( )
  pamelad | Sep 22, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss. ( )
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
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Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder It is a dark and misty night-isn't it always?-and bachelors Nicholas and Ian are driving to the ball at Fordings, a beautiful concert hall in the countryside. There waits the charming Dilys Maine, and a party buzzing with rumours of one Rosemary Reeve who disappeared on the eve of this event the previous year, not found to this day. With thoughts of mysterious case ringing in their ears, Dilys and Nicholas strike a stranger on the drive back home, launching a new investigation and unwittingly reviving the search for what really became of Rosemary Reeve. Written in the last years of the author's life, this previously unpublished novel is a tribute to Lorac's enduring skill for constructing an ingenious puzzle, replete with memorable characters and gripping detective work. Crime fiction lovers can't miss the classic golden age mysteries published in the acclaimed British Crime Classics series! "[An] excellent fair-play mystery...this British Library Crime Classic more than deserves that status."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review, for Checkmate to Murder, another excellent entry in the acclaimed British Crime Classics mystery series.

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