“Murder of a lady” by Anthony Wynne is one of the finest murder mysteries I read this year. Murder mystery is a genre out of my comfort zone and I started to explore this genre this year. I am pretty happy.
The book is set in Scotland. A murder is committed in the Duchlan castle. The person murdered is Miss Mary Gregor, sister of the Laird of Duchlan. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom and interestingly the door is locked from inside. Even the windows are shut. Dr Eustace Hailey, the amateur sleuth is on the case. The only clue is a Herring fish scale.
The people in the castle are very quick to explain the character of Miss Gregor, which increases the suspicions of Dr Hailey. Strange revelations come to the surface and more murder’s take place. The situation becomes strenuous and difficult to crack. We keep guessing and the end is appalling.
I for one am really bad at guessing the ends of murder mysteries and this one kept me on the edge of my seat.
This book is a whirlwind. A riveting read. Very fast paced and makes you keep wanting for more. A definite page turner and keeps you stimulated.
Agatha Christie and Sherlock fans! This is the book for you.
This book wasn’t reprinted since 1931 and I am curious why! I am definitely exploring more of Anthony Wynne’s works now.
Thank you Niyogi books for reintroducing this book to us and also for the review copy.
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