A distinguished house-party was assembled at Southdown Court when suddenly the peace of this country house was shattered by the discovery of a terrible crime. An extremely ingenious and forceful yarn.
These last three days have been a perfect nightmare for everyone. The place has been full of policemen and detectives, and now, to cap all, we hear that the terrible Gilbert Larose is coming, and that always means, so Mr. Slim says, a hanging for someone.
All of the Gilbert Larose books by Arthur Gask are excellent, fast-paced detective thrillers. Larose definitely has his faults, and often (as in this one) he finds himself imprisoned by enemies when no one knows where he is or will miss him for several days. You’d think he’d learn, wouldn’t you? Still, he manages to get the bad guys and clear all away for the romance that is pending. These are good Golden Age detective stories, and while they aren’t deep or involved, they are fun reads for those of us who like a nice old mystery of this sort.