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  •  A Couple More Scottish Murders (13+ / 0-)

    Although I've never read any M.C. Beaton, I do have a couple other mysteries set in Scotland which I've enjoyed.

    I'm sure many of the readers here are familiar with The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Lord Peter Wimsey is vacationing in Scotland near an artist's colony.  When one of the artists is found dead in a stream, it is assumed to be an accident; but looking over the scene, Lord Peter realizes that something is missing, and that something means it was murder.  

    Six other artists all have strong reasons to kill the deceased; and all six of them have red hair.  (Hence the punny title).  Towards the end there's a tedious stretch where Lord Peter tries to break an alibi based on a railway timetable, but apart from that it's an entertaining read.

    So is John Dickson Carr's The Case of the Constant Suicides.  Angus Campbell had spent nearly all of the family's fortune on get-rich schemes, and the rest he had invested in life insurance.  So why on earth would he want to jump to his death from the castle tower?  Was he murdered by a bitter ex-partner?  Was he driven to despair by a family ghost?  And is it even possible to make tartan plaid ice cream?

    This mystery contains not one but two neat locked-room problems by the master of the locked-room.  And it features Carr's brilliant bombastic detective, Dr. Gideon Fell.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 07:04:51 PM PST

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