- Series: British Library Crime Classics
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (August 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712356487
- ISBN-13: 978-0712356480
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cheltenham Square Murder (British Library Crime Classics) Paperback – August 10, 2016
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Bude, a popular British mystery writer during the 1930s and beyond, crafted a number of impossible murder novels that the British Library has reissued as part of a flood of resurrected mysteries written during the Golden Age of Murder.... An absorbing head-scratcher. (Connie Fletcher Booklist)
This is truly a wonderful book. I cannot say enough about it. The writing and use of language is superb and completely without flaws. (Joyce Fox NetGalley)
I will definitely read more of these books in the future! (Matthew Barnes NetGalley)
A good classic British whodunit. Good use of location and well written plot. Highly recommended to fans of the classic era. (Karen Kenyon NetGalley)
Originally published in 1937, this reissue in the British Library Crime Classics series is a clever closed-circle-of-suspects whodunit. (Publishers Weekly)
The Cheltenham Square Murder is an intriguing murder mystery of the gentle, cerebral variety. It is not fast paced the detective work could perhaps accurately be described as plodding but it is compelling. There is a real puzzle element to the murder that just demands to be cracked. It is a crime novel for those who enjoy unravelling complex plots, breaking seemingly airtight alibis and using the little grey cells to determine who is psychologically most likely to be a murderer. (Erin Britton Nudge Books)
I really enjoyed The Cheltenham Square Murder, it was an entertaining, complex mystery, with all the charm of 1930s England, the time when this book was written. With a quick pace and a baffling plot, this locked room mystery, set in a small square in England, has several obvious suspects with several good motives and iron-clad alibis. Combined with the bonhomie between Long and Meredith (no inter-departmental rivalry here!) it was an exceptionally delightful and intriguing read. (Tam Mc Goodreads) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
John Bude was the pseudonym of Ernest Elmore (1901-1957), an author of the golden age of crime fiction. Elmore was a co-founder of the Crime Writers' Association, and worked in the theatre as a producer and director. Other John Bude crime titles available as British Library Crime Classics include The Cornish Coast Murder, The Lake District Murder, The Sussex Downs Murder --and Death on the Riviera.
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What I enjoyed most was the companionable relationship between the two investigators. Superintendent Meredith is the senior officer and has a reputation for solving perplexing crimes. Inspector Long is local, and too good-natured and unpretentious to resent Meredith's involvement in his case. In fact, they get along like a house on fire.
Meredith is always brimming over with theories that Long embraces enthusiastically. Long is a bit lower on the social scale, and his mispronunciations are charming and amusing. Despite their compatibility, the two investigators have to work their way through many wrong directions before solving their murders.
The murder weapon is unusual -- a barbed arrow. Unfortunately almost every resident in the square is mad about archery, so suspects abound. The reader can look forward to learning a lot about archery and the flight trajectory of arrows as the case progresses.
The residents of Regency Square have a lot of secrets. Their troubles range from financial to romantic and suggest numerous possible motives for murder. This is a complex police procedural, and the minutely detailed investigation rivals the elaborately detailed schemes of the murderer. I found the level of detail a bit tedious at times, but I am often a lazy reader. Despite my impatience, I enjoyed this book very much and admired Bude's workmanlike chronicle of detection.
First published in1937, this novel should please fans of Golden Age crime fiction. The British Library edition is nicely produced and has the advantage of an informative introduction.
This is one of those classic historical mysteries I would not have been aware of if it weren't for Poisoned Pen Press being willing to work with books being re-released by the British Library. I had read one John Bude novel and was pleased to see this one is set in Cheltenham, a city in Britain I'm not familiar with. The opening of this novel can be a little confusing because a murder happens in a section of Cheltenham called Regent Square which has ten residences in a U shape positioned around a park-like area. Thus you will be introduced to all the residents of the ten houses to begin the story. Don't worry, though, because the most important characters quickly come to the forefront and the book concentrates on them. Originally published in 1937, this novel is a great example of the quality mystery novels being written during this period. This is also one of those novels where it appears that an unknown narrator is often speaking directly to the reader. I enjoy that type of novel so this one had the potential to be a special reading experience for me.
Superintendent Meredith of the Sussex County Constabulary, Lewes, Sussex is the major investigator in this story. He is taking a few days to visit his friend, Aldous Barnet, a writer of mystery stories. Barnet and Meredith are going to collaborate on a story which accounts for the policeman being on the scene in Regency Square. One very unusual detail in this type of novel is that many of the residents of this square are also members of an archery club. Guess what the murder weapon is! Meredith is given permission by his extremely generous boss in Lewes to remain on the scene to help the Cheltenham police detective work out the who, why, and definitely the how.
This was a very interesting novel from many standpoints, two of which are how the murders were committed and what the motive was. There is no way I would or could have figured out the method for the murders but that's okay, I was having so much fun it didn't matter that I couldn't guess how. Hmm, I didn't guess who either now that I think about it.