The setting is an isolated village in Devonshire. Doctor Ferrens and his wife Ann are the first outsiders to come to Milham in the Moor in a quarter of a century.
Soon after they arrive, Sister Monica, warden of a local children’s home, is found drowned in the mill-race. Almost everyone in the village, gentry and villagers alike, thought Sister Monica was “wonderful.” They can’t understand why Scotland Yard is interested in the “accident,“ and they have nothing to say about it — other than that the saintly lady was having dizzy spells lately.
But the warden had a suspicious bruise on the back of her head, and there are indications that she didn't simply fall off the bridge.
This delightful mystery was first published in 1952, and has all the charm of Golden Age crime fiction. It is rich in colorful locals, who have amusing grammatical quirks — and clever ways of evading questions. The few people who disliked Sister Monica have a lot to say about her fake saintliness, her cruelty, and her busybody ways — but they know of nothing concrete that might help the police inquiry.
Chief Inspector Macdonald is an appealing detective — a pleasant man who knows how to make an interrogation feel like a friendly conversation. People like him and don’t realize they’re giving him information in spite of themselves.
Murder in the Mill-Race is an excellent mystery in the best classic tradition. This British Library edition includes a thoughtful introduction that tells a lot about the author and the book in a few choice words.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: British Library Publishing (10 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712352686
- ISBN-13: 978-0712352680
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 13.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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