The Sussex Downs Murder

The Sussex Downs Murder

Paperback - 2015
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Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse! Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister- connected, perhaps, to his growing rather too friendly with his brother's wife? Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate- and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next.
Publisher: Scottsdale, Arizona : Poisoned Pen Press, 2015
Edition: First US trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1936
ISBN: 9781464203718
1464203717
Branch Call Number: BUDE J
Characteristics: viii, 232 p. : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Edwards, Martin 1955-

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tomeseattle
May 15, 2017

Warning: introduction has a spoiler which will taint the the entire reading, and back cover also has a spoiler.

The defection of Sussex countryside is good, but characters are a bit light in development. Superintendent Meredith from Lewes constabulary is always going for the home run with whatever clues he has discovered thus far, unlike Christie and others who plant clues, maybe interpret some, but wait for the final telling. I liked the first novel "The Cornish Coast Mystery" better for plot and character development and it is that novel that got me interested in his work.

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