The Cornish Coast Murder

The Cornish Coast Murder

Book - 2014
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Never, even in his most optimistic moments, had he visualised a scene of this nature himself in one arm-chair, a police officer in another, and between them ... a mystery. The Reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish. But the vicar s peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, a secretive and ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen with a bullet through his head. The local police inspector is baffled by the complete absence of clues. Luckily for Inspector Bigswell, the Reverend Dodd is on hand, and ready to put his keen understanding of the criminal mind to the test.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, in association with the British Library, c2014
ISBN: 9781464206511
Branch Call Number: FIC Bude
Characteristics: 252 pages ; 20 cm


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Jan 23, 2018

Since the setting is a Cornish seacoast village, it may be preordained that red herrings will pile up in this 'Golden Age' mystery. Enough to keep the reader (and the local Inspector) off balance for most of the tale. Delightful evocation of rural England post World War One. I'll definitely read some of the author's subsequent country mysteries,

May 15, 2017

A good first start to this author's mystery books set in England. The setting is very good, several good locals' characterization, and good clues and misdirections. Author, based on later books, likes the main detective to go for the home run as the clues build up, rather than a final round of applause so always know what he is thinking, rightly or wrongly. I liked the book well enough to read some of his later books that have been republished.


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