It is wonderfully complex, and the characterizations are truly masterful.
There are also several solutions to the murder, and Innes makes each solution seem like the correct one when presented by one of the narrators.
Considering that the book was written before WWII, it has a remarkably contemporary feel.
I really enjoy Michael Innes's writing most of the time. This book was less enjoyable than others. The plot was a good one, concerning the death of a Laird in the Scottish... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Nancy J
When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure whether I was ever going to finish it as I just couldn't get into it. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Damaskcat
Michael Innes has written many mysteries, all of them worth reading. LAMENT FOR A MAKER is an absolute classic! This is a book I will read over and over!Published on December 26, 2012 by Joy of Reading
I believe "Lament for a Maker" is Innes's finest book, towering above all of his other mysteries (and, yes, I have read them all). Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by L. Blatt
This much admired Innes novel is actually one of my least favorite. The story of a mysterious death, in a snow storm, in Scotland, of the Laird of Erchany, is told by several... Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by LizaJane
I have never read Michael Innes before, so I was not prepared for this book at all. It is wonderfully complex, and the characterizations are truly masterful. Read morePublished on January 20, 2007 by S. Schwartz