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    February 08, 2016


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    I really ejoyed this one, Les, it's such a great setup: I particularly love the moment early on when the prankster realises that her prank hasn't gone as's got that lovely sinking moment of realisation where the outcome you were expecting pays off into something far more sinister.

    I've not read much McCloy, only this and 'Through a Glass, Darkly', and I need to correct that as she seems to have found a lot of novel riffs on the setup and execution of her crimes - she strikes me as having a very fertile imagination that is able to conceive of new ideas, no mean feat in such a crowded field.

    Les Blatt

    She really is very good. JJ. Recently, I read and reviewed another of hers, "Panic," which was also full of a sinister atmosphere. I'm going to have to read more of hers.

    This is my favorite of the later Basil Willing books. It's almost like McCloy wrote this one in the 1940s and shoved it in a trunk to produce later when her publisher wanted a traditional mystery. She had been writing so many suspense thrillers and this was a real throwback to her early career when she focussed on fair play detective novels with her series detective. Apart from the precocious teens and the talk of infidelity it's so retro for something published in 1968. The haunted room gimmick is something I've never come across before and borders on genius. I doubt anyone will be able to figure it out.


    I really, really want to read this one - thanks Les. I recently re-read THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY but it seems that, in manny ways, this is a superior work - just need to find a paper copy now!

    Les Blatt

    John, the method used in the locked room is unusual, but I've seen variations on the basic theme in at least two other mysteries, including one I reviewed in the past several months. It's really nasty and most effective. I'm really starting to enjoy McCloy's mysteries and intend to keep reading them.

    Les Blatt

    D, I don't see many copies/editions of "Mr. Splitfoot" around - I do hope you can find one. It's really excellent.

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