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The Theft of the Iron Dogs (1946)

by E.C.R. Lorac

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First published in 1946 and set in the fell country of Lunesdale over the course of a rainy September, The Theft of the Iron Dogs is the very picture of a cosy crime mystery and showcases Lorac's masterful attention to detail and deep affection for both Lunesdale and its residents.
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Lorac's regular sleuth Inspector "Jock" Macdonald here finds that to solve the mystery of a disappearance, he needs to make a journey to the farming country in the North-West of England. His clues are superficially trivial to start with - some missing items from a remote cottage belonging to farmer Giles Hoggett, including the iron dogs (in the sense of fire-dogs) of the title. However, by his usual painstaking methods he soon finds that they've been used to conceal a body. The suspects include some local potters (a dialect term for tinkers) and a feckless artist, together with the landowners and others. The author obviously knew and loved this area (she set several books here) and this gives strength to the narrative, but the solution is also satisfying, including a brilliant example of a concealed clue. ( )
2 vote JonRob | Jul 28, 2008 |
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First published in 1946 and set in the fell country of Lunesdale over the course of a rainy September, The Theft of the Iron Dogs is the very picture of a cosy crime mystery and showcases Lorac's masterful attention to detail and deep affection for both Lunesdale and its residents.

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