The guests at a hunting party become the hunted in Thirteen Guests, penned by J. Jefferson Farjeon, an unsung talent of the Golden Age of crime.
On a fine autumn weekend, Lord Aveling hosts a hunting party at his country house, Bragley Court. Among the guests are an actress, a journalist, an artist and a mystery novelist. The unlucky thirteenth attendee is John Foss, who was injured at the local train station and brought to the house to recuperate. However, all is not as it seems: John is nursing a secret as well as his injury.
Soon events take a sinister turn when a painting is mutilated, a dog stabbed, and a man strangled. Death strikes more than one of the house guests and the police arrive on the scene to try and untangle the web of violence that has descended on the house. Detective Inspector Kendall’s skills are tested to the limit as he tries to uncover the hidden past of everyone currently residing at Bragley Court.
This country-house mystery is a forgotten classic of 1930s crime fiction by one of the most undeservedly neglected of Golden Age detective novelists.
Only a little distance from the glitter of silver and glass and the hum of voices two victims lay silent on a studio floor.
Published by the British Library
190 mm x 132 mm