Mystery in White

Mystery in White

A Christmas Crime Story

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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. This classic Chrstmas mystery is now republished for the first time since the 1930s, with an introduction by the award-winning crime write Martin Edwards.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ :, Poisoned Pen Press,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781464206634
1464206635
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Edwards, Martin

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wyenotgo
Aug 31, 2018

Although the 1937 style of writing, especially the dialogue is quite dated, this is still an engaging mystery. Almost a classic scenario of its kind: A group of train travelers, most of them strangers, stuck in a severe snowstorm attempt to walk to another station, discover an isolated country house, unlocked, the fireplaces ablaze, tea prepared, no one about. At least one murder has taken place. People arrive mysteriously and depart. I was somewhat reminded of the classic "Father Brown" stories of Chesterton.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 03, 2017

Despite the cover of the British Library Crime Classics edition, 90% of the "action" takes place in a secluded house, not on a snowbound train. But the location isn't all that crucial in any case. The writing is fine, characters (quickly fleshed out) are serviceable, but the overall feeling I got from it (besides that it seemed to go on forever) was one of indifference. The killings are unconnected, and characters with important pieces of the puzzle enter very late in the story. Not a great example of the classic British murder mystery, so in a word: "Humbug."

(For a much better example of a snowbound house party confronted with murder, check out Hake Talbot's "Rim of the Pit.")

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thebritlass
Dec 07, 2015

Strangers trapped together (in this case in a mysterious house during a snow storm) is pretty much a fail-proof formula. This mystery doesn't follow the usual conventions, as what you see is exactly what you get. An enjoyable read, even if the ending is a bit disappointing.

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augsburgerin
Dec 30, 2014

If you like Agatha Christie or country house mysteries, you may enjoy this. No Belgian detective but a ghost - or is there?

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