Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude

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The Cheltenham Square Murder
by John Bude

ISBN-13: 9781464206696
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Released: March 7, 2017

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
In the seeming tranquility of Regency Square in Cheltenham live the diverse inhabitants of its ten houses. One summer’s evening, the square’s rivalries and allegiances are disrupted by a sudden and unusual death – an arrow to the head, shot through an open window at no. 6.

Unfortunately for the murderer, Superintendent Meredith is visiting his friend, the crime writer Aldous Barnet. Three days after his arrival, Meredith finds himself investigating the shocking murder two doors down. Six of the square’s inhabitants are keen members of the Wellington Archery Club, but if Meredith thought that the case was going to be easy to solve, he was wrong…

My Review:
The Cheltenham Square Murder is a mystery novel that was originally published in 1937 and is set in England. The mystery was a clue-based puzzle.

Meredith and the local detective interview people and follow up on clues. I was certain of whodunit at a little over halfway through. I enjoyed the story, but I was disappointed that the normally observant and smart Superintendent Meredith overlooked what seemed a pretty obvious clue or two until the end. However, part of howdunit did come as a surprise to me.

There was no sex. There was a fair amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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