By Lange Lewis.
John (PRETTY SINISTER BOOKS, November 20, 2013) feels this one is a mixed bag. Excerpts:
. . . when I encountered three bugaboos of mystery fiction I thought "Uh oh" and the red flags went off for a trip into the land of cliche and run-of-the-mill plotting.
There are a few twists that call to mind some of the best from Agatha Christie’s cabinet of magic tricks.
[However] the story is redeemed by Lewis' crisp writing and her cast of supporting players.A contemporary opinion (THE SATURDAY REVIEW, February 20, 1943):
Cal. amateur actress fatally bludgeoned in prop room. Girl psychology student finds corpse and Lieut. Tuck carries on from there. - Abnormal human behavior made disturbingly real in plot that gallops through tense situations to startling climax in Hollywood Bowl. - Verdict: Loud applause.Other Lange Lewis reviews:
MURDER AMONG FRIENDS (1942):
"... a heart wrenching story of a woman seemingly doomed by Fate and circumstance ..."
MEAT FOR MURDER (1943):
"Plenty of fantastic local color . . ."
THE BIRTHDAY MURDER (1945):
". . . a solution that may or may not be cricket."
Category: Detective fiction
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