Friday, October 21, 2016

Mystery in White by J Jefferson Farjeon

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Mystery in White
by J Jefferson Farjeon

ISBN-13: 9781464206634
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea – but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers start to unravel the secrets of the empty house when they realize there is a murderer in their midst.

My Review:
Mystery in White is a mystery novel that was originally published in 1937 and is set in England. Actually, it was more a mild horror or suspense novel than a mystery. Various characters get caught in a bad snow storm and end up in a house whose occupant is missing--like he just stepped out for a moment and didn't come back.

Two of the characters were psychics. The older one discreetly explains that one of the passengers from the train is a murderer and also pieces together parts of what happened at the house right before they arrived. The reader is simply along for the ride as the characters deal with spending the night in a creepy house with a known murderer in their midst.

The main characters were interesting and varied, and their interactions were mildly humorous. I enjoyed their interactions, but I'm not very fond of horror or psychic stories, so I'm probably not the target audience. There was no sex. There was a fair amount of bad language.

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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