One of my favorite mystery stories is finally back in print and available through Amazon.com and, I suspect, other bookstores as well. "Lament for a Maker," by Michael Innes, was written in 1938. It was his third novel about Inspector Appleby, but it is more than just a routine mystery.
The story is told by several narrators in turn, rather in the style of Wilkie Collins's masterpiece, "The Moonstone." Set in and around a rather grim Scottish castle, with an apparently mad and quite possibly evil lord, it is a classic tale of mystery and tragedy. And if there are comic elements - the rats with messages tied to their legs are marvelous - the overall atmosphere in that remote Scottish highland setting moves overwhelmingly towards the terrifying and the tragic.
This was one of my first podcast reviews on Classic Mysteries, and, at the time, the book was out of print and hard to find in the United States. I'm glad it is back. I think it may be the best book Innes ever wrote. If you haven't read it, please take this opportunity to get this book for your library.