Murder of a Lady
A fast-paced locked-room mystery with clever hooks and twists, Murder of a Lady has a deserving place in the Golden Age of crime writing.
Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom – but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The one small potential clue to the identity of the culprit is a silver fish scale, left on the floor next to Mary’s body.
Inspector Dundas is dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the case. Once there, he finds the ingratiating Gregor family and their servants quick – perhaps too quick – to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman. Dundas uncovers a more complex truth, and the cruel character of the dead woman continues to pervade the house after her death. It isn’t long before further, equally impossible deaths, occur and the atmosphere grows ever darker. Superstitious locals believe that fish creatures from the nearby waters are responsible but luckily for Inspector Dundas, the gifted amateur sleuth Eustace Hailey is on the scene. He unravels a more logical solution to this most fiendish of plots.
A classic of the locked-room mystery genre from the Golden Age of crime writing, this cleverly plotted novel has never been reprinted since 1931 and is long overdue for rediscovery.
Published by the British Library
190 mm x 132 mm