The guests sat down around the dinner table at the home of the perfume executive, but one of them wouldn't be getting up. He was poisoned - and it must have been done at the dinner table - but nobody saw anything. An impossible crime - or so it seemed, in "Poison Jasmine," by Clyde B. Clason.
John Dickson Carr certainly was the acknowledged master of the locked room mystery, but he was hardly the only person writing such stories. Clyde B. Clason wrote ten mysteries between 1936 and 1941, all featuring the detective work of Professor Theocritus Lucius Westborough, described as a mild-mannered history professor, but a man with the ability to solve crimes that appeared on the surface to be impossible.
Clason keeps the reader guessing about the murder - and the other events that take place in the course of this book - right to the very end. You can hear a full audio review on this week's podcast - and, as always, I'd welcome your comments here.