“Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse!”
Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister - connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother's wife?
Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate - and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next.
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A enjoyable (and to me, unknown) classic
This is an early classic mystery, from the days when a detective story was above all an intellectual puzzle. The detective is gentle and well-drawn, without the convoluted personal life that is de regular in modern whodunnits. The author plays fair with the reader, and doesn't fall back on the device of introducing totally implausible backstory to explain the denouement. He takes you with him as the though processes unfold.
This is classic old-fashioned detective fiction, in which the reader is invited to follow the thought processes of the police. There are quite a number of twists and turns in the plot, some of which I 'got' and some not; but that's what makes this kind of book fun.
Gordon Griffin is a very accomplished narrator. He has got just the right inflections for English of this period, and suggests the different characters by a subtle and effective change of voice. A joy to listen to.
I don't expect to be 'moved' by a detective story, but the denouement of this was clever.
I'm afraid I have not followed instructions and answered the questions set, but they didn't frame the review I wanted to give!
- Kl Love
The Sussex Downs Murder