Wednesday, the 2nd of December, and time for Shelf Control 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, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, where you got it and such. If you participate, don’t forget to 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 as well!
Today my pick, after quite some time, is a British Library Crime Classic, The Sussex Down Murder by John Bude. First published in 1936, this is the second in the Superintendent William Meredith series, which has eleven books.
The series was written by English theatre producer and director Ernest Elmore who wrote under the pseudonym John Bude. Born in Kent in 1901, Elmore served as games master at St Christopher’s School where he also assisted with the school’s dramatic activities after which he began working as stage manager. His early writing taking place in dressing rooms during his spare time, he went on to write thirty crime novels and he also wrote works of humorous fantasy published under his own name.
In The Sussex Downs Murder, we have two brothers, John and William Rother living in Chalkland Farms in the Sussex Downs. But John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found, shattering their peaceful life. Superintendent Meredith is called in to investigate. In his searches, human bones are found on the farm and the inspector begins to suspect the worst. Working patiently and carefully, the inspector begins to slowly untangle the clues and piece together what happened to John Rother.
This is a slow moving mystery from the sound of it but also a complicated one with plenty of clues and indeed twists (speaking from reviews I’ve read). Also what attracts me to it is the fact that it is from the 1930s, and I enjoy stories set in the 1920s-1930s, and especially those written during the period.
Have you read this one? How did you like it? Do you enjoy the British Library Crime Classics? Which are some favourites? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations.
Find Lisa’s pick this week Unmentionable here