Marryatt (the clergyman), Carmichael (the retired don), Reeves (the former member of the military intelligence), and Gordon (the vacationing golfer) are playing golf in Paston Oatvile when Reeves slices his drive from the third tee. In searching for the ball, they come upon the dead body of Mr. Brotherhood below the railroad viaduct. When they find Brotherhood’s hat 15 yards away from the body, they suspect dirty work is afoot, and so the foursome sets out to solve his murder.
A witty, clever and thoroughly delightful classic British mystery story, The Viaduct Murder is the first of Ronald Knox’s detective novels and the only one that does not include Miles Bredon.
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A Slightly Academic Who-Dunnit
Entertaining, clever, (but not pure whodunit)
A more wholehearted commitment to detective convention. Finished the book with rather a feeling that I had had my leg pulled by a very clever author.
Liked -The non-dialogue parts.
Disliked - the dialogue - poorly differentiated, the characters seemed mostly to be old-buffer robots.
I would like to try some others by Ronald Knox to see if he can take the genre a bit more seriously.