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Post after post-mortem / E.C.R. Lorac, with an introduction by Martin Edwards.

Lorac, E. C. R., 1894-1958 (author.). Edwards, Martin, 1955- (writer of introduction.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library M LOR (Text) 33500013761390 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781728267609
  • ISBN: 1728267609
  • Physical Description: xii, 305 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Poisoned Pen Press, [2023]

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General Note:
"An Oxfordshire mystery"--Cover.
"Post After Post-Mortem was originally published in 1936 by Collins, London"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
""Now tell us about your crime novel. Take my advice and don't try to be intellectual over it. What the public likes is blood." The Surrays and their five children form a prolific writing machine, with scores of treatises, reviews, and crime thrillers published under their family name. Following a rare convergence of the whole household at their Oxfordshire home, Ruth-middle sister who writes "books which are just books"- decides to spend some weeks there recovering from the pressures of the writing life, while the rest of the brood scatter to the winds again. Their next return is heralded by the tragic news that Ruth has taken her life after an evening at the Surrays's hosting a set of publishers and writers, one of whom is named as Ruth's literary executor in the will she left behind. Despite some suspicions from the family, the verdict at the inquest is suicide-but when Ruth's brother Richard receives a letter from the deceased which was delayed in the post, he enlists the help of CID Robert Macdonald to investigate what could only be an ingeniously planned murder"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 January #1
    *Starred Review* This twisty "snake in the garden" country-house mystery from a Golden Age crime-fiction master was published in 1936 and is reissued as the ninety-ninth entry in the British Library Crime Classics series. Set in Oxfordshire, the novel showcases an actual garden at the outset, obsessively tended by the matriarch of a family consisting of herself, her Oxford don husband, and five grown children, all amazingly accomplished as scientists or writers. Everything—garden, cottage, family—seems idyllic until one daughter is found dead in her bed the morning after the family entertains a clutch of writers and publishers. All the circumstantial evidence points to suicide, and the postmortem rules the death a suicide, but then the eldest brother, a psychologist, receives a letter—delayed in the post—from the dead daughter. Enter Detective Chief Inspector Macdonald, and suddenly the ruling of suicide is dropped, and a hunt begins for an in-house murderer who may strike again. While contemporary readers may find the dialogue a bit like Bertie and Jeeves on steroids, Lorac constructs a challenging puzzle and provides a marvelous glimpse into pre-WWII Oxford life. Those new to the author will want to follow up with his Murder by Matchlight and Bats in the Belfry, also part of the Crime Classics series. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Authors > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Oxfordshire (England) > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.

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