The manor house concept assumes a new thrilling meaning in this Christmas caper. Most of us are used to seeing mushy, goofy Christmas movies and reading Yuletide books where fantastic things happen. Well, Mystery in White is fantastic alright! A true British Library Crime Classics addition.
by J. Jefferson Farjeon
Series: British Library Crime Classics
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: British Library; paperback / softback edition (December 15, 2014)
Murder on the Orient Express and Hercule Poirot Christmas fans will love this mystery. And so will those who liked And Then There Were None. No island here, but there is a deserted house which literally springs out of nowhere. A bunch of people traveling on a train get tired of sitting in it when they are stuck in a snowstorm. They venture out, stumble around and just like Hansel and Gretel come to a house with blazing lights and the tea already laid out.
The more I read of these British Crime Classics, the more I think the world was deprived of some great crime fiction. I would have loved these stories a few decades ago when like most voracious readers, I had exhausted Agatha Christie and was looking around for some ‘new’ authors of the genre.
There is a supernatural element here, although it is not too scary. Saying that is not really a spoiler, because one of the main characters, an old man named Maltby is a ghost buster who makes no attempt to hide it. And just when you think you know who the perp is, a fresh batch of characters might appear. Are they of this world though, well, you’ll have to read to find out.
Goosebumps are a certainty while enjoying Mystery in White, and if you happen to read it in a blizzard or at least when there’s a blanket of snow outside your window, your pleasure will increase manifold. A must read for mystery fans, without any doubt.