As I noted in the last post, I have some catching up to do on Bev's Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge. Let me start with the book that was reviewed here last Monday: "No Coffin for the Corpse," by Clayton Rawson. This mystery falls into the challenge's Category 21: Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic.
Oh yes, it's spooky all right. As I noted earlier in the week, the mystery at the heart of this excellent "impossible crime" story deals with what appears to be the ghost of a murdered man - a ghost that apparently can walk through walls, materialize and disappear inside a house where the rooms are wired with alarms that never sound when the ghost appears...and the ghost apparently can commit a murder in front of witnesses and then vanish through a locked door. Creepy enough? It's enough to keep The Great Merlini occupied uncovering the truth behind the ghostly goings-on...much to the reader's delight.