Wednesday the 18th of December–Shelf Control time once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, simply pick a book from your TBR pile and write a post about it–what its all about, what makes you want to read it, and such. Link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks!
This week, once again I’m back to featuring a mystery, and yet again a British Library Crime Classic, The Lake District Murder by John Bude.
First published in 1935, The Lake District Murder is the first in a series of mysteries (eleven books according to the Goodreads listing) to feature Superintendent William Meredith. In this one of course, he is still an inspector. A body is found in an isolated garage in what looks at first sight to be a suicide. But when Inspector Meredith begins to look into the matter, he finds a few things that don’t add up. Also, the garage itself seems to be the site of some rather shady dealings. And so start Inspector Meredith’s investigations into both the death as well as the mystery of the garage in this book that seems to be heavy on the procedural detail.
The Author: John Bude was the pen name of Ernest Elmore, English theatre producer and director, who wrote both crime and fantasy novels. Born in 1901, he went on to attend Mill High School and became games master at St Christopher School, Letchworth. He wrote thirty crime novels, many of which feature Inspector Meredith. He also wrote a handful of books in his own name including the children’s book The Snuffly Snorty Dog (1946).
I found this one in public domain via fadedpage.com (here), and picked it up since it was a golden age mystery, which I usually enjoy reading. This is an author I’ve never read before so I am looking forward to giving this a try. Some goodreads friends have found this a little too bogged down in procedural detail which made them lose interest after a point, but I still think I will give it a go all the same.
Have you read this one or any other mysteries by John Bude? Which ones and how did you find them? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!