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A classic whodunnit which twists its way to a satisfying conclusion. The world of Crofts' 1920's Scotland Yard and its Inspector French may not be real but the puzzling tale is so good that any disbelief is easily suspended.
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What made the experience of listening to Inspector French and the Starvel Hollow Tragedy the most enjoyable?
lovely old fashioned puzzle detective story, setting several red herrings along the way. The denouement was not a surprise, but still a very jolly listen, and devoid of any gruesome post mortem details that one finds in many contemporary crime novels.
What other book might you compare Inspector French and the Starvel Hollow Tragedy to, and why?
Any one who likes Golden Age of Detective novels will probably enjoy this
I has recently discovered Inspector French and I'm finding the books enormously entertaining. They are perfect for audio, as Phil Fox's expressive narration takes us through French's careful investigation of all possible leads until he discovers the truth. The 1920s setting makes a pleasant change from modern police procedurals with their emphasis on technology and trawling through a mass of data. These books are dated in a good way, with their portrait of an English way of life that is long gone.
This one has an intriguing mystery which takes a long time for French to unravel. I did guess the culprit, but then I second-guessed myself, such is the complexity of the solution. If you like the gentler pace of Golden Age detective stories, you'll enjoy this book.