The Cornish Coast Murder
by John Bude
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
The Reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside. But the vicar's peace is shattered one stormy night when his neighbor, Julius Tregarthan, is found at his house with a bullet through his head. The local police inspector is baffled by the lack of expected clues. He carefully follows each clue until the truth of it is uncovered yet gets no closer to whodunit. Luckily for Inspector Bigswell, the Reverend Dodd has an idea of how the murder was actually accomplished.
The Cornish Coast Murder is a mystery novel that was originally published in 1935 and is set in England. The mystery was a clue-based puzzle. The clues initially could be put together several ways, but then further clues were found and the possibilities only expanded.
We mainly follow Inspector Bigswell, who carefully followed up on every clue until he knew how it got there. Reverend Dodd helped point the Inspector in the right direction with his local knowledge and an insight into how the murder was achieved. I did guess whodunit before the detectives (due to suspects getting cleared), but I still can't quite visualize how it was done. I liked the main characters, though, so it was a fun read.
There was no sex. There was occasional use of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.
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