I really enjoyed this final selection of the #goldenagecrimeclub. The mystery was intriguing, the characters had depth and the commentary on English society and politics was especially interesting. I was also amused by the fact that it was a Christmas setting but everyone was absolutely miserable! @Mitch
#wintergames #snowangels #longdarknights @Emilymdxn
I had to stay up past my bedtime to finish this! A great mystery to bring in the Christmas weekend. Snow storms. Isolation. Members of the house party dying one by one. And, I loved Dr Bottwink, whose meticulous thoughts and observations were entertaining to read.
I‘ve enjoyed reading the #GoldenAgeCrimeClub books, @Mitch ! Thanks for hosting these!
I listened to this in 2019, enjoyed it, and promptly forgot about it. I liked it even more on the reread. There‘s something about stories of people being stranded because of weather, cut off from the rest of civilization while bodies start piling up that I just find delightful. 🤷🏻♀️ Toss in an English country estate, and I‘m almost guaranteed to love it. #goldenagecrimeclub
There were some great characters in this one - any favourites? Would you read more from Hare?
This book - whilst feeling like a classic golden age crime novel has really met the challenges of the 1950s head on - fascists, refugees, changes in social class and feelings around national identity all make an appearance in the drawing room! I wonder if it is some of these strands and there relevance to where we are in the world today that prompted it‘s reissue?
Dr Bottwink, the Czech history professor gave us a really great outsiders view of the madness of English society and customs ( & language!). What did you think of his character?
“ It‘s Christmas, let‘s gather together 8 people who‘ll hate each other and force them to make merry, it‘ll be fine!” How did this fair as a classic Christmas crime novel?
Cyril Hare is a pseudonym for Gordon Clark- an English county court judge born in 1900. His name was inspired by where he lived & worked (Hare Court & Cyril Mansions). I‘d you were in need of a pseudonym what would it be and why?