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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Murder by Matchlight by E.C.R. Lorac



1945 London is gripped by the blackout and the parks is not a place that most people would want to be. However, three people find their way to the park in the pitch dark for various reasons of their own. They also witness a murder but not the murderer.

It is a very atmospheric setting and unraveling it seems inexplicable because the reasons for each of the gentlemen being there at that very dark moment seem questionable.  Each one has reasons which may seem plausible but on going back through their claims, too many coincidences start creeping in, and this starts different lines of questioning.

Plodding through in a slower pace 1945 style gets the job done of course.

The characters are all splendidly described and the setting of London during this period was bleak but not miserable. There was plenty of lightness in the story as well so that it was not a difficult read.

I only wish the covers could be a bit more attractive!

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press. 

4 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like the cover could feature a park at dusk.

Yvonne said...

This sounds like something I might like.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Poison Pen Press has some great mysteries; this sounds very good.

carol said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I agree, the cover isn't great.