From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Challinor's rushed fourth Rex Graves puzzler (after 2010's Phi Beta Murder), Scottish barrister Rex and his girlfriend, Helen D'Arcy, are preparing for a party at Gleneagle Lodge, Rex's Victorian estate on Loch Lochy, home to a reputed sea monster, possibly kin to Loch Ness's Nessie. Guests include the local hotelier, Hamish Allerdice, and his wife and two children; Rex's barrister friend, Alistair Frazer; freelance journalist Rob Roy Beardsley; snobby Cuthbert and Estelle Farquharson; and a surprise visitor, Moira Wilcox, Rex's former girlfriend. Meanwhile, a serial killer of young girls is on the loose on nearby Rannoch Moor. The efficient plot thickens after a storm strands the guests overnight and a drowned body surfaces in Rex's loch. Traditional mystery fans will appreciate the retro Agatha Christie style, but some readers might wish the author had invested her Highland characters with more depth. (Mar.)
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"Traditional mystery fans will appreciate the retro Agatha Christie style."
--Publishers Weekly"If you've missed good, old-fashioned whodunits where the identity of the murderer is revealed in a stately drawing room, this latest Rex Graves mystery is for you."--Romantic Times "VERDICT
This fourth series entry (after "Phi Beta Murder"
) is a classic British mystery with a closed cast of suspects and a locked-room puzzle."
"This is a nice series, with a bonnie flavor of Scotland." --Deadly Pleasures
"The past intrudes when the acquittal of a suspected child murderer brings back memories of the Moor Murders case, and later when an old flame of Rex's turns up on the doorstep. Challinor skillfully choreographs all..."
--The Washington Post