Murder at the Chase: A Langham and Dupré Mystery

Eric Brown. Severn, $28.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8425-1
Brown’s pleasing sequel to 2013’s Murder by the Book takes mystery writer Donald Langham and his girlfriend, Marie Dupré, to Suffolk, England, in the summer of 1955 for a romantic holiday. When Donald and Marie learn that a friend’s father, Edward Endicott, has disappeared from his locked study at his place in Humble Barton, they switch into sleuthing mode. Endicott, “an ex-Hollywood screenwriter who penned mystery thrillers,” was working on a biography of a Victorian-era Satanist self-described as a “confidant of the Devil himself.” Some in Humble Barton suspect supernatural forces are afoot, but a skeptical Donald and Marie work with the local police toward a rational solution, while enjoying country walks and providing comfort to a blackmail victim. For all the criminal goings-on, Brown doesn’t generate much suspense, but his well-told tale offers plenty of unexpected twists. Agatha Christie fans will find a lot to like. Agent: John Jarrold, John Jarrold Literary Agency (U.K.). (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/13/2014
Release date: 12/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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