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"The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house."
On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.
©2014 Estate of J. Jefferson Farjeon (P)2015 Soundings
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5 out of 5 stars
By CM on 09-17-15


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This book is part of the British Library " Crime Classics" series these books were uncovered at the library and were so good they decided to republish them They are by Authors writing in the 20s and 30s who were famous at the time but have been long forgotten and out of print .So bearing in mind that this story is set in the 20s after the 1st world war and therefore some of the language and vocabulary might seem old fashioned , the story is so clever and well written and keeps you guessing. Of course it has a snow bound train, an abandoned house and a random bunch of strangers stranded together , intrigued? well I urge you to listen to this book if you enjoy Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers , I hope Audible will get more of J Jefferson Fargeon's books .

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24 of 24 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Marie on 10-10-15

And Then There Were None In Reverse

In a story where the characters are snowed into a house, you would expect the bodies to start to pile up and the number of characters go down. The reverse is true here. The number of characters actually grows through the end of the story. It is an interesting listen, especially knowing it is one of a number of forgotten British mystery classics republished by the British Library. The story is a bit mystery, a bit thriller, a bit gothic, with locked rooms, disappearing clues, and deep snow banks. I considered giving the book five stars, for how well it fits its genre, but didn't because I felt the author failed to describe the characters and their settings sufficiently at times. When our main characters leave the stalled train for a cross country hike, we don't get a description of what they were wearing, if they were dressed for a blizzard, and if the women were wearing heels and skirts, all of which would have made a difference as they struggle across fields through blinding snow. I never felt the cold, the snow, or the trudge. This lack of description occurs at other points. But the story is fun and has lots of twists and turns. It is worth a listen if you like 20s and 30s British crime novels.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jayne Baker on 09-20-16

Shiveringly cold ...

You can almost feel the drop in temperature as you turn the pages. You know This is a great mystery, a wee bit creepy and well narrated. Would I listen to more by the same author? Definitely!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By claire on 03-08-18

Comfy listening but drawn out.

a bit of a classic. very convoluted and drawn out but there are worse ways to pass the time on a journey.

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