Sunday, 18 January 2009

Review – Elizabeth FERRARS – “Murder Moves In”

Publ: 1956
Pensby Library
ISBN: 0 7531 6773 5
Genre: Crime fiction
Pages: 268 (Large Print)
Found by Serendipity
Rating: ***** *

What led you to pick up this book?
I felt like some cosy crime to relax with and finding this in large print meant it was an easy read in more ways than one.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
Robina Mellanby and her new husband, Sam, move house but is moving to the village where his ex-lover, Martha, lives a good idea? It certainly does not seem to be when Martha’s husband gets murdered. It seems even less like a good idea when Sam gets accused of the murder.

What did you think of the characters?
Very 1950s.

What did you think about the style?
Easy to read, cosy crime.

What did you like most about the book?
The fact that unconsciously one was dipping back into the past when everyone smoked as a matter of course; the well-off couple had just acquired a television and a washing machine but not yet got a refrigerator. Even better was the five pound note printed, in those days, on one side only.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

As with nearly all crime books of that era the detective shares more with the rest of the cast than they would have done in real life. although a common error I found it a bit aggravating in this instance.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.


Would I recommend it?
Only to fans of that genre looking for a quite couple of hours’ read.

ELIZABETH FERRARS see Foot in the Grave

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