The Cornish Coast Murder

John Bude

John Bude

Distributed for British Library

288 pages | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780712357159 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
“Never, even in his most optimistic moments, had he visualised a scene of this nature—himself in one arm-chair, a police officer in another, and between them . . . a mystery.” So thinks the Reverend Dodd—vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen and a reader of detective novels—when an actual mystery unexpectedly lands on his doorstep in The Cornish Coast Murder. Julius Tregarthan, a secretive and ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen, shot through the head—and the local police investigator is baffled by the complete absence of clues. Fortunately for the inspector, the Reverend Dodd is at hand, ready to put his lifetime of vicarious detecting experience to the test.
           
This newest installment in the British Library Crime Classics series takes readers to Cornwall for a perfect example of the cozy mystery, sure to charm all fans of the genre.
Literary Review
“The British Library has an interesting sideline in republishing neglected books by forgotten authors. This is the first of thirty detective stories by John Bude, a crime novelist not so much forgotten by contemporary readers as never heard of in the first place, which is a pity, because his books are good examples of the straightforward murder mysteries from the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of crime writing. . . . Bude’s books . . . are easy-reading period pieces that deserve to be revived.”
Classic Mysteries blog
“A very entertaining mystery, a fairly quick and enjoyable read. . . . It is good to have Bude’s work brought back into print.”
Pretty Sinister Books
“John Bude is a welcome addition to an exciting explosion of classic crime reprints from a variety of independent presses and the British Library seems to be leading the way in discovering forgotten writers well worth reading. You’d do well to acquaint yourself with his entertaining mysteries.”
Contents
Introduction
 
1. Murder!
 
2. The Undrawn Curtains
 
3. The Puzzle of the Footprints
 
4. Strange Behaviour of Ruth Tregarthan
 
5. The Inspector Forms a Theory
 
6. The Missing Revolver
 
7. Conversation at the Vicarage
 
8. Was It Ronald Hardy?
 
9. Collaboration?
 
10. The Single Shot
 
11. Theft from the Body
 
12. The Open Window
 
13. Coroner’s Inquest
 
14. The Note
 
15. Cowper Makes a Statement
 
16. The Vicar Makes an Experiment
 
17. Enter Ronald Hardy
 
18. Perfect Alibi
 
19. Reunion
 
20. The Little Greystroke Tailor
 
21. The Mystery Solved
 
22. Confession
 
23. The Vicar Explains
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