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Late middle-aged amateur gentleman sleuths bumble about their very Brit golf club some time after WWI, joking about Sherlockian logic while postulating how a convoluted murder "hangs together." The mystery is secondary to the eccentrics and their exchanges. It's no surprise to learn the author was an academic priest writing mysteries as his hobby. He probably inspired the young Michael Innis in his craft!
This deserves to be revived for fans of Sherlockian satire. The narrator is wonderful for the old fashioned but melodic dialogue. You may like it if you're a fan of old fashioned British cozies and can ignore some of the dated (but tongue-in-cheek) philosophizing.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
You don't have to like golf to like this story, but I'll bet it helps. Elderly English golfers living around a golf course team up to solve a murder, discovered by them on the weeds surrounding their beloved course. I never heard of Ronald Knox, but this is a very elegant and funny book. He deserves to be remembered for it.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
Certainly this book was well read and it kept my attention. I was not familiar with Ronald Knox's work before and I look forward to exploring more of his work. I do not want to spoil your enjoyment by revealing the plot. I would, however, note that there is something of a dry, academic feel to this book as the evidence is reviewed over and over again as theory is piled on top of theory. That said, I shall certainly listen to it again and, I suspect enjoy it all the more the second time around!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Viaduct Murder the most enjoyable?
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
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.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Liked -The non-dialogue parts.
Disliked - the dialogue - poorly differentiated, the characters seemed mostly to be old-buffer robots.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I would like to try some others by Ronald Knox to see if he can take the genre a bit more seriously.