- File Size: 1089 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1731525389
- Publisher: Musaicum Books (December 21, 2018)
- Publication Date: December 21, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MMWJLSL
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Shrieking Pit (Thriller Novel) Kindle Edition
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
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This is more of a conventional murder mystery than my pulpy expectations envisioned, but it's a perfectly adequate one that spins out quite satisfactorily, though again it's the writing and ambiance that grabbed me.
The environs are so hostile that a weird legend has arisen over the centuries. A ghostly White Lady haunts the marshes shrieking louder than the wind. Anyone who sees her will soon die.
There are several professionals focusing their powers on the murder. Superintendent Galloway builds a strong case against the strange young man who was staying at the inn. Mr. Colwyn, a famous detective who happens to be on holiday in the area, is skeptical of Galloway's purely circumstantial case. A famous nerve doctor has a medical explanation for the crime. And a venerable old family solicitor of the Victorian type also has firm opinions.
The pace is sometimes a bit slow at times, but the descriptions of the dreary locale and the striking characters are riveting. There's also a love story interwoven with the case that is very satisfying.
In addition to the ominous atmosphere of the inn and the marshes, there's the threatening atmosphere of wartime. German ships cruise the waters of the Norfolk coast, a Zeppelin raid figures in the plot, and one of the characters suffers from shell shock, the World War I version of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Readers who like atmospheric vintage mysteries should find The Shrieking Pit a treat. This is the edition to get. It’s well edited and, as usual, Resurrected Press includes a short but informative introduction.
I'd recommend any of Rees' books when one is in the mood for a who-dun-it.
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Here then we are taken back to 1916, in the middle of the First World War, and a certain well-known detective, Colwyn, is taking a holiday in Norfolk. One day one of the guests has a peculiar turn, which one of the other guests, a doctor, diagnoses as a violent form of epilepsy. When the guest mysteriously leaves the hotel, so the doctor looks like he could be right, as the man is soon wanted for murder at an inn at a nearby village. To the police it looks like a simple enough case, but Colwyn has his doubts.
The characterisation and scene setting are good here, and we follow the case to court, and then the further investigations of Colwyn, who unearths other facts, and gets to grips with those that have been niggling him. It is quite probable that you will get to the solution before the dénouement but that doesn’t matter so much, as this shows the effects upon people of shellshock, how people can be easily misled, and how Colwyn is not closeminded and willing to alter his theories as more facts come to light.
In all then this does make for an enjoyable read that a number of people should quite like, but it is not the best mystery you will ever read, or indeed the best that Rees ever wrote. With supernatural elements and superstition, along with the war, there is some good atmosphere added to the tale though.